Event Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bartlesville Community Center 7AM  

2018 Inductees: Diane Dixon, Gerald Thompson, and Carol Ann Cone (posthumously) 


Thank you for supporting and attending our ninth annual Educator Hall of Fame Breakfast!

Over 300 teachers, administrators, and community members attended the ninth annual Educator Hall of Fame Breakfast held this year at the Bartlesville Community Center, making it one of the most successful years for the event.  The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation first hosted the breakfast in 2010 to recognize former educators for their dedication and passion to their profession and their students.  This year, the Foundation inducted Carol Ann Cone (posthumously), Diane Dixon, and Gerald Thompson into the Educator Hall of Fame. Guests came from as far away as New York, Georgia, Idaho, and Oregon to celebrate these inductees.

“Our breakfast is a treasured event.  We honor our former educators for their impact in the classroom, while raising funds to support the efforts of our current educators,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Blair Ellis.  “It is always an inspiring morning – highlighting the important role teachers play in the lives of their students.  You leave with a renewed appreciation for teachers and for our community.   The success of the breakfast over the years and high attendance on Thursday demonstrate how much Bartlesville values quality education and supports the teachers that make our town unique,” Ellis stated.

Each inductee was given a $1,000 grant to designate to the school or program of their choice.  They were awarded as follows:

  • Carol Ann Cone’s family chose to give her grant to the Foundation’s Elementary STEM Initiative.
  • Diane Dixon awarded her grant to the District’s GATE program.
  • Gerald Thompson gave his grant to Central Middle School’s library.

In addition to honoring the three inductees, the breakfast featured music from the Bartlesville High School Flute Choir. Cheryl Fentress, a Bartlesville High School science teacher, recognized students from the 2018 Bartlesville Public Schools Science Fair for their academic success.

Truity Education Foundation was the presenting sponsor for the event, with assistance from ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, PSO, Charlie and Corky Bowerman, and Truity Credit Union.

The Foundation debuted its 2018 grant impact video during the morning, featuring grants awarded to teachers at various school sites.   The breakfast closed with a video Oklahoma University’s president, David Boren, prepared for the event, discussing the importance of supporting local school foundations.

Proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s grants to educators program.  Through this program, the Foundation funds grants to teachers for classroom supplies and equipment, professional development opportunities, and visits from experts.

Key support for the event was provided by our generous community partners:

For more information on this event or the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, call  our executive director at 918-336-8600, ext 3523.

We’re already looking forward to next year!