Deborah Cornelison

Ada, OK | Years Taught: 1988 – Present

Deborah’s teaching philosophy is based on the belief that all students can use science skills to learn about the natural world, apply that knowledge to make sense of their diverse places in it, and be empowered to make a real difference. Mrs. Cornelison simply loves learning, and she teaches with purpose so that others may achieve their goals with the joy of learning.

Additional Recognition

  • 2009 • Shell Science Teaching Award, National Science Teachers Association/Shell Oil Company
  • 2009 • Microsoft Innovative Education Forum Best Practice Award, Microsoft Corp.
  • 2005 • OK Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
  • 2005 • The I CAN Learn®-NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence (Oklahoma Recipient) & Semi-finalist for NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2004 • USA TODAY Award Honorable Mention
  • 2004 • Radio Shack National Teacher Award
  • 2002 • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching
  • 2002 • Brandwein Fellow, Paul F.Brandwein Institute
  • 2000 • District Teacher of the Year, Byng Public Schools
  • 2000 • Finalist for Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year
  • 2000 • Byng Junior High School Teacher of the Year
  • 1999, 2008 • National Board Certification, Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science
  • 1998 • Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair Hall of Fame Inductee, OSSEF
  • 1997 • High School Science Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma Science Teachers Assn.