Jenks teacher surprised with new car after winning local 'Gold Star Educators' award

Jun 06, 2017

A group of Tulsa-area teachers were awarded with more than $3,000 in cash and prizes, and one was surprised with a brand-new car, at an awards banquet honoring outstanding educators Thursday evening.

The teachers were named this year’s Gold Star Educators, an award created last year by a group of Tulsa professionals “who believe that exceptional teachers deserve a tremendous amount of recognition and appreciation,” a news release states. The banquet was held at Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St.

The winners were chosen after community members, educators, family members and business partners were invited to nominate a teacher who has made a significant impact on a child’s academic career. Hundreds of nominations were submitted.


The nominees were then asked to submit applications for consideration by the Gold Star Educators board, which is composed of former educators, business leaders and members of the philanthropic community.

Other teachers honored as this year’s Gold Star Educators were Cathy Essley from Carnegie Elementary School, Shreet Ashley from Edison Preparatory School, Kristen Womack-Hayes from Glenpool High School and David Reneau from Bixby Middle School.

Eiland has been a teacher for 13 years and currently teaches fifth grade at Jenks East Intermediate, where he also performs leadership roles in math, science, English language learning and school safety.

Outside of school, Eiland serves as a mentor for the Oklahoma Teachers Induction Program and lead instructor for the nonprofit organization Aaron’s Camp.