2018-2019 TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Randy Ceynar. I was born in Winfield, Kansas. My elementary years of schooling were primarily in Burden, Kansas. My parents moved our family to Douglass, Kansas to be closer to my dad’s work where I completed grades sixth through twelve. Through their example, my parents instilled the value of hard work and dedication to my brothers and myself. Their hope was for their children to get a college education. As a result, my brothers and I all three have degrees in elementary education. I worked two jobs simultaneously while completing high school. I worked as a teller along with other responsibilities in my hometown bank and the convenience store that my mother managed for many years. During my college years I worked three jobs simultaneously, the two mentioned previously as well as another bank in the town where I completed my undergraduate work. I would work the jobs between and after classes, then work hard on my full-time school work.
Growing up I was very involved in my local church. There were many years I received perfect attendance awards. As I grew older, I held the following positions: Jr. Deacon, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, SS Superintendent, youth group President, and the song leader of our church.
My undergraduate degree was granted at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. My master’s degree was completed at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.
I started my teaching career in Kansas. I moved to Oklahoma and completed my masters degree with honors in elementary administration. This is my twenty-fourth year of teaching and my eighteenth year of teaching in Edmond Public Schools. I have attended both state and national conventions. My experience has been enriched by working in a variety of team situations including English as a second language, multi-cultural, multi-age, numerous special needs students as well as affluent and inner-city environments.
I moved here from Wichita, Kansas where I taught in the largest school district in the state. There I was recognized as a finalist for N.E.A. Wichita Teacher of the Year. I received Distinguished First Year Classroom Teacher and Golden Apple awards. In 2000 I was named Will Rogers Elementary Teacher of the Year and was an Edmond Public Schools’ District Teacher of the Year Finalist. In 2004 I was selected as Charles Haskell Elementary’s Teacher of the Year and was again selected as an EPS Teacher of the Year finalist. I was one of three candidates for TOY at Orvis Risner Elementary. I’ve recently been named Angie Debo Elementary’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and an EPS district finalist.
I’ve mentored multiple teachers throughout my career, been the team leader, spokesperson for site and district meetings, and chair/representative for numerous committees and task forces. I was the representative multiple years for the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council and the EPS Business Partners. I recently learned that one of my first grade students who I taught twenty years ago at Will Rogers Elementary is now in her fifth year of teaching at West Field Elementary in Edmond and credits me for her becoming a teacher. Another highlight of my career was hearing from one of my former first grade students from Charles Haskell Elementary who has now graduated from Harvard expressing that I was the teacher in Edmond who challenged him the most throughout his years in Edmond. Under several Edmond Mayor’s tenures many of my first grade students have won the annual Edmond Mayor’s Essay Contest.
Part of my community service has been to judge events for the Edmond Cub/Boy Scouts as well as assist with various fundraisers and events throughout Edmond. I’ve been a presenter for Science on Saturday for Edmond school children and a presenter for Edmond Public Schools’ Smart-Start program for beginning school teachers. I assisted two years with Orvis Risner Elementary’s “ Run the Boolevard” 5K run and Kids Fun Run. I’ve also helped with Edmond Children’s Art in the Park. I have been highly involved in the PTO’s of every school in which I’ve worked. I’ve assisted with the EPS Title 1 Trunk or Treat, Fall & Spring Festivals/Carnivals. I was even crowned “Fun Fair” King at Charles Haskell Elementary.
I’ve been blessed to work with and learn from exceptional people throughout my career for which I am most grateful.