Congratulations to Traci McHenry
Teacher of the Year
Mrs. McHenry was born and raised in Ponca City. She attended Roosevelt Elementary, East, and graduated from Po-Hi in 1995. She then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Early Childhood.
Mrs. McHenry's first teaching job was fifth grade at Huston Center in Blackwell. She moved over to Union in 2000, and has been here ever since. During her time at Union she has taught sixth grade, fifth grade, fourth grade, and is currently finishing her first year in the 2nd grade classroom.
Mrs. McHenry has been married to Steve for 18 years and they have a son Luke who is 16. Steve is a PE teacher at Garfield, a varsity high school football coach, and a high school track coach. Luke is currently a sophomore at Po-Hi and is involved with the Big Blue Marching Band and the Jazz Band.
When asked what she loves most about Union she stated, "I love the friendships I have made over the years. I don't just consider some of these people my friends, but they have become my other famly." She continued on why she became a teacher, "I became a teacher because I wanted a job that would keep me on my toes. I am definitely on my toes at all times in the classroom. I enjoy teaching my students and I am always amazed at what they can teach me also. The lessons I learn from them are what makes teaching rewarding to me!"