Larkin of Wilson is October Teacher of the Month

posted Oct 13, 2016, 2:51 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated Oct 13, 2016, 2:51 AM ]
Barbara Larkin, a fifth grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School has been named the Bartlesville Public School District Teacher of the Month for October by Arvest Bank and Oakley-Chevrolet Buick.
In recognition of this honor, Mrs. Larkin was presented a plaque and a $300.00 check by Stephen Colaw, Arvest Bank Senior Vice President and Trust Client Advisor, and David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet-Buick.

Mrs. Larkin is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Northeastern State University. She holds Oklahoma teaching credentials in, Elementary Education and Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies. She has seventeen years teaching experience and is beginning her sixth year as a fifth grade teacher at Wilson Elementary. Mrs. Larkin is serving her second year as the district grade level coordinator for fifth grade.

Mrs. Larkin began her professional career as a journalist. But following a tragic family accident she decided to try a new career path that would give her the opportunity to impact the lives others. She said “Becoming a teacher has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I love teaching and I love every one of my students. I believe teaching is about making connections and building relationships with children. I think children need to feel loved and connected to the adults who are helping them learn. I treat my students like members of my family and in our classroom we work to build an atmosphere of trust.”

Mrs. Larkin believes the district teaching initiative that has had the greatest impact on student learning in her classroom has been implementing the DATA team process. Mrs. Larkin said “This process is really about me and reflection on how I present information and teach skills to my students. The process also allows me to collaborate with the Wilson fifth grade team to discuss teaching strategies and identify better ways for reaching all of my students. The DATA team process has helped me become a more focused teacher”

Lisa Tennel, Wilson Instructional Coach and colleague of Mrs. Larkin says, “Barbara is a very dedicated, caring and effective teacher. She makes a difference for each of her students and our fifth grade team.

Tammie Krause, principal at Wilson Elementary, said of Mrs. Larkin “She is one of the finest teachers I’ve ever worked with. She is very dedicated and self-reflective. She works to build relationships with all of her students and uses those relationships to bridge academic and social needs. She knows her content area inside and out. She’s not afraid to speak UP or OUT to advocate for her students. Mrs. Larkin knows that despite all the many challenges that teachers and students face, every day is a new day and kids still need their teachers.”

Mrs. Larkin’s professional and community responsibilities extend beyond her classroom. She regularly serves as a teacher practitioner on state curriculum and assessment committees to help write test questions, review test questions and set cut scores for the Oklahoma State Testing Program. She is also active in her church working with the children’s program.

Bartlesville Public Schools is proud to join Arvest Bank and Oakley Chevrolet-Buick in honoring Barbara Larkin as the Bartlesville Teacher of the Month for October.
Barbara Larkin, October 2016 District Teacher of the Month
Barbara Larkin, fifth grade teacher at Wilson Elementary, (center) was recently named the Bartlesville Teacher of the Month for October.  Stephen Colaw, Arvest Bank Senior Vice President and Trust Client Advisor (left) and David Oakley Jr., owner of Oakley Chevrolet-Buick (right) visited Mrs. Brown’s classroom to recognize this honor and to present her with a plaque of recognition and a $300.00 check.