Congratulations to Carmen Pence, Hefner’s 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. This is Carmen’s seventh year with the Putnam City family as a Physical Education teacher. She has coached Softball for 7 years, Basketball for 6 years and Track for 2 years. She started her teaching career in August of 2012 right here at Hefner. Carmen grew up in a small town in the southwest corner of Oklahoma called Olustee. She graduated High School in 2004. She then studied General Studies at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid where she earned her Associates Degree in 2006. She then transfused to UCO in Edmond and earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2010. In the midst of going to college, she lost her mother to breast cancer and father to prostate cancer within a year and half apart. As they fought their hardest, she promised them that she would finish her teaching degree. They truly where her biggest fans. It was during those years that she was determined to teach and coach the lives of middle schoolers. As far back as she can remember; she was in 3rd grade when she wanted to be a teacher and coach, and that has never changed. She believes middle school is the most crucial time in a student’s life. There is always something to learn about in any situation you face, positive or negative; but you always take the good out of every situation building confidence in them and teaching them life lessons. She feels that this is her purpose in life to teach this age of kids and to give back like the teachers and coaches made such an impact on her life as she was growing up. Besides teaching physical education and coaching, Carmen is yearbook sponsor and Athletic Director.