9th Grade Physical Science, Byng Junior High School
Ada, Oklahoma

Total years as a classroom teacher: 25


East Central University M.Ed. Secondary Ed. 1986
East Central University B.S. Biology/Chemistry 1983
Seminole State College Assoc. of. Science 1972

Teaching Experience

1988 – present 9th grade Physical Science/Science Research, Byng Junior High School, Ada, OK
1996 – 2007 9th – 12th grade Inquiry Science, ECU Upward Bound, Ada OK
1996 – 2009 10th-12th grade Biology, Physics, Forensic Science, ECU UM Math-Science Center, Ada, OK

Special Recognition

2009 Shell Science Teaching Award, National Science Teachers Association/Shell Oil Company

2009 Microsoft Innovative Education Forum Best Practice Award, Microsoft Corp.

2005 OK Medal for Excellence in Secondary Teaching, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence

2005 The I CAN Learn®-NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence (Oklahoma Recipient) & Semi-finalist for NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence

2004 USA TODAY Award Honorable Mention

2004 Radio Shack National Teacher Award

2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

2002 Brandwein Fellow, Paul F.Brandwein Institute

2000 District Teacher of the Year, Byng Public Schools

2000 Finalist for Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year

2000 Byng Junior High School Teacher of the Year

1999, 2008 National Board Certification, Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science

1998 Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair Hall of Fame Inductee, OSSEF

1997 High School Science Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma Science Teachers Assn.

Mrs. Cornelison’s teaching philosophy is based on the belief that all students can use science skills to learn about the natural world, apply that knowledge to make sense of their diverse places in it, and be empowered to make a real difference.

Mrs. Cornelison simply loves learning, and she teaches with purpose so that others may achieve their goals with the joy of learning.


“Deborah has provided opportunities for students in our rural, high-need school district that helped to level the field for those later pursuing STEM in higher education and careers. An exemplary role model, she has earned respect of students, peers, and community members.”

Todd Crabtree, Superintendent

“If teaching were an Olympic event, Mrs. Cornelison would be a gold medalist. Her enthusiasm, explanations, and hands-on activities helped me understand and grow to love science. She taught us outside the textbook with fun, innovative activities.”

Cortney Cowley, Student