Bennington High School Educator Wins Statewide Honor

Rebecca Rubio of Bennington High School is the winner of the 2022 Excellence in Education High School Educator Merit award, presented by the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation.

Rubio was one of 36 educators, support professionals and administrators who were honored as finalists for the Excellence in Education Merit and Character Awards by the POE Foundation.

A math and algebra teacher, Rubio believes students will perform better for people who they feel believe in them. Having been a teacher at Bennington for 26 years, Rubio has devoted her life to helping children not only in math and algebra but also with positive attitudes and an open outlook on the world.

She earned her masters degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. Rubio is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

“She is always prepared for class and really keeps the students engaged,” said Rich Grimes, principal of Bennington High School. “She uses different styles of teaching so that all of her students have the optimal chance of learning the material. She cares about the well-being of her students and does the best she can to be there for them and support them in their endeavors outside the classroom.”

According to fellow teacher Shelly Anteau, Rubio is an amazing teacher and is always willing to go the extra mile for her students.

“Rebecca truly loves what she does,” Anteau said. “She is a blessing both in and out of the classroom. Her light shines, and she has a servant’s heart.”

The Excellence in Education Awards Banquet recognizes and rewards Oklahoma educators who demonstrate a commitment to their students in teaching strength of character and excellence in the school or classroom. Award nominees must go through a rigorous application and evaluation process. According to POE Foundation Executive Director Ginger Tinney, “These awards serve as an encouragement to not only Oklahoma educators, but also to the many businesses, organizations, and communities that have a stake in the character building and intellectual development of the children who will shape our state in the future.”

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