Broken Arrow Public Schools
Timber Ridge Elementary
Kelsey Hicks is a second-year teacher at Timber Ridge Elementary (Broken Arrow Public Schools). In addition to leading students to impressive academic gains, she also leads a Kindness Club focused on improving kindness around the school. “I became a teacher largely because of my second and fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Baek,” says Hicks. “In her classroom, I was valued, respected, and I knew I was cared for. I want to be a Mrs. Baek for all of my students. Each student brings so much life into our classroom and I hope they walk away feeling loved, just as I did in Mrs. Baek’s class.” Ms. Hicks’ favorite part of the day is the moment of affirmation as the bell rings. “When they leave the classroom, every child receives a hug, handshake, or high-five,” she explained. “Whether they had a good day or a bad day, that last minute connection with them hopefully makes them look forward to the next day at school.” “From the very first day of school, Ms. Hicks stood out as an exceptional first-year teacher.,” said Timber Ridge Elementary Principal Tiffany Green. “She seemed to have an instinctual ability to set classroom expectations while creating strong rapport with her students to establish a safe learning environment. She is most deserving of this award!” Hicks is a graduate of Evangel University.