Last updated: July 17. 2014 12:19PM - 281 Views

James LeGrand with Janet Barresi after being named a Top 12 finalist.
James LeGrand with Janet Barresi after being named a Top 12 finalist.
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James LeGrand, Altus High School social sciences teacher, has been named a Top 12 finalist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. LeGrand was recognized on Wednesday, July 16, at the SDE’s Vision 2020 Conference in Oklahoma City.

Legrand was also selected as the 2013-2014 Altus Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching for the past 19 years, 10 of the last 19 in the Altus School District. LeGrand aspires to be the type of teacher he would want his own children to have.

He says, “A great teacher is like an artist, one who can illuminate, inspire and create. The classroom is my canvas…” He currently serves as a teacher representative for the Remembering Lincoln Project and is assisting in shaping the Remembering Lincoln website.

LeGrand has earned several teaching awards and honors including: the 2012 Catherine B Reynolds Award, 2013 Horace-Mann, 2013 Gilder Lehrman Inst. of American History, as well as being the 2014 Gilder Lehrman Inst. State History Teacher of the Year.

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