It is with great honor that Guymon Public Schools is able to announce that Mr. Michael Patterson, Guymon High School Speech, Debate, and Drama Teacher, has been chosen as a finalist for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Mr. Patterson is one of 12 finalists chosen by the Oklahoma State Department of Education State Selection Committee. The application for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year requires each candidate to have the respect and admiration of colleagues and: 1. Is an expert in the field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence; 2. Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success; 3. Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large; 4. Demonstrates leadership and innovation that embodies lifelong learning inside and outside the classroom walls; 5. Is an engaging and articulate communicator.