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Texoma Teacher Wins Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

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PONTOTOC COUNTY, OK-- Some students in Byng Junior High will be without their teacher for a year, but it's not a bad thing.      

Elizabeth Smith, a 7th grade reading teacher, has been named Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made, Tuesday morning, at the State Fair of Oklahoma.     

We introduced you to Mrs. Smith, Monday.     

Not only is she a reading teacher, she coaches basketball as well.     

Mrs. Smith told KTEN in an exclusive interview, Monday, that she has taught for 18-years, 15 of those at Byng Public Schools.     

Her parents and sister are all educators as well.     

We asked her how her family felt about her being nominated.

Smith said, "They were very excited; very excited and proud. They know what a great profession this is, and how many great teachers there are out there. So I am extremely proud."

Imagine how they feel, now that she's the winner.     

Mrs. Smith will now represent Oklahoma in a national competition.     

She even won $50,000 in cash and prizes and the use of a car for a year.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News