South Barber Teacher of the Year Cassidy Ricke known for her western rodeo-themed fun classroom

• Incorporates arts and crafts into learning science and math


A barrel racer who met her husband Tyler when they were both on college rodeo teams (he at NWOSU, she at SWOSU), Cassidy Ricke said her second-grade classroom at South Barber (SB) has a rodeo and western theme. "Rodeo teaches responsibility. It is hard work to care for animals and put them before yourself. It teaches respect."

Just finishing her 12th year of teaching second grade at SB, Ricke was selected as South Barber's Teacher of the Year for 2022-23.

SB Elementary Principal Kaynette Scheck said, "I believe that every human being has a favorite teacher that made some sort of impact or...

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