Cranford named February Classroom Hero
MUSKOGEE, Okla. - New Tech at Cherokee Elementary second grade teacher Melody Cranford was named the February Classroom Hero by Landers Auto Group, SportsTalk Radio, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Education Association.
“Like never before, teachers have been called on this year to adapt and carry on amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you know an elementary educator who is making a difference in his or her community? We want to recognize YOUR Oklahoma Classroom Heroes!” the Steve Landers Auto Group website states.
A total of 43 nominations came in for Cranford. She was recognized earlier this month during the Bedlam Men’s Basketball game at the University of Oklahoma by OEA Vice President Katherine Bishop and Landers Chevrolet Norman General Manager Shawn Groff.
One of her nominations stated: “Melody Cranford is what we call 'An Educational Disruptor!' She has the ability to positively alter the environment of any school and classroom through her innate abilities...As a former administrator, I know it is important to employ the right people to interact and mold the lives of ALL students on a daily basis. Ms. Cranford's passion to see at-promise students flourish has made even the most reluctant students want to learn and participate in class. She has already gone above and beyond to make things better for the Muskogee community as the organizer of The READvolutionary Pop-up Library in which FREE books are given to students to not only instill a love of reading, but also to build their personal libraries. Ms. Cranford is an intelligent, dedicated, and personable educator. I feel confident in saying that she would be an awesome recipient of The Classroom Hero Award!"