Donna Gradel

Broken Arrow, OK | Years Taught: 33

Ms. Gradel observes, “The core of my teaching philosophy is ‘Every life matters,’ Every student can learn regardless of their starting point, Students want to explore the world around them and be inspired to make a difference in life. Students need to be encouraged and loved, but also challenged. By taking risks to provide opportunities for my students, I see student growth, both academically and socially. And I grow with them.”

Additional Recognition

  • 2019 • Finalist for National Teacher of the Year (CCSSO)
  • 2018 • Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 • Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
  • 2015 • Henry Ford Innovation Nation Innovative Teacher Award
  • 2014 • Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching
  • 1994 • Oklahoma State Championship Coach Award