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Pervasive Parenting announces Teacher and Paraprofessional Recipients Featured

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The Pervasive Parenting Center recently awarded their 2017 Teacher of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year awards to local educators.



The recipients were chosen for their hardwork and dedication in working with children, especially those with disabilities.

Tanya Gould, a special education teacher at Poteau Schools, was chosen as Teacher of the Year.

According to her peers, Gould has spent her entire career as the multi-disability teacher at Poteau. She is dedicated to her students and goes above and beyond to meet their needs. In addition to the in-class students, Gould also provides instruction to two homebound students.
“I think that Mrs. Gould is one in a million and I honestly think she is the best,” said co-worker Tanna Weaver.



Sarah Reed, a teacher at Spiro School, was chosen as Teacher of the Year as well. Her co-workers said that Reed works with students in grades 4th through 6th with a variety of disabilities. She helps the students with education, socialization and self-help skills. She holds certification in several areas of special education, and is described as dedicated, enthusiastic, professional and caring. She is innovative in the classroom, infusing the different disabilities and learning styles with tremendous motivation and instilling the joy of learning within her students.


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Sarah Reed

Three paraprofessionals were recognized as Paraprofessional of the Year.

Cindy Eagle, a paraprofessional at Central Schools, was honored recently. She has been an employee of Central Schools for eight years. She is described as going above and beyond to assist her students including extracurricular activities like field trips and evening band concerts. “She is a very valuable member of our school staff,” said Valarie Rhodes, special education director. She is always positive and upbeat with all of our students and staff.”



Cindy Eagle

Sugar Harris-McCarter, a paraprofessional at Poteau Schools, is described as being dedicated while working with students in the alternate curriculum and extensively modifying work to help them be successful in their general education classroom. She pushes students to reach their fullest potential, and works well with classroom teachers. “Sugar is one of the best (paraprofessionals) that I have ever worked with,” said Tanna Weaver. "My students are blessed to have Sugar to assist them.”


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Sugar Harris-McCarter


Darla Miller, a paraprofessional at Spiro Schools, has worked as a para for more than 26 years. She is considered a positive role model for her students, and works with the students in all aspects of their education to promote appropriate social skills. She demonstrates strong leadership skills, is knowledgeable in her field, and works well with other staff members. She has a tremendous heart and compassion for the students she serves,” said Stacy Walker, Miller’s coworker.

“Educators are one of our children’s greatest resources,” said Kodey Toney, PPC Director. “The board members and I work hard to make sure that they know how important they are and that they are appreciated. This is a small way of recognizing them for their dedication to helping children with special needs.”

In addition to a certificate, the educators were given $50 worth of prizes.

The Pervasive Parenting Center is dedicated to helping families in eastern Oklahoma by providing resources for those living with disabilities.

If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-647-1255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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