French at Madison is a District Teacher of the Month

posted Mar 16, 2018, 6:00 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 6:01 AM ]

Debbie French, a math teacher at Madison Middle School, has been named a Bartlesville Public School District Teacher of the Month by Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick.

In recognition of this honor, Ms. French was presented with a plaque and a $300 check by Annah Fischer, Arvest Bank Marketing Manager, and David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet Buick.

Ms. French has 27 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching seventh grade math for five years and previously taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade.

While in college, Mrs. French didn’t know what career path she wanted to take. “I love to sing, I love books, art, and science things like constellations and chemistry. I love to make things, cook, and learn about other cultures,” said French. “How could there be a job that would include all that and, did I mention, puppets?”

She said it hit her all at once; teaching would be the most rewarding for her. Her first position was teaching Kindergarten at Ranch Heights. There she was able to sing, talk about famous paintings, make things, take a pretend trip to Africa, burn a hole in the science center carpet with a tripod magnifying glass, and cook every week.

Almost thirty years later, she chose to make the move to middle school and narrow her focus to mathematics. “I had heard many students and adults say how much they hated math and hoped to help change that,” said French.

French regularly attends workshops and reads a range of books to continue her professional growth. She is a Mathcounts coach and says keeping up with the ‘mathletes’ requires her to continue her own learning.

“Every child can learn,” said French when asked about her philosophy of teaching. “It is my job to break a concept into pieces that students can grasp and retain and to present it in as many modalities as possible to ensure success.”

Bartlesville Public Schools is proud to join Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet Buick in honoring Debbie French as a Bartlesville Teacher of the Month.

Deborah French