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Moore Public School’s Taylor Painter Selected as a Top Twenty Teacher by the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas

The people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas have awarded Highland West Junior High teacher Taylor Painter with $5,000 dollars for being recognized as one of the Top Twenty Teachers of 2022-2023.

Painter was selected out of more than 500 nominations for his outstanding work in engaging students by supporting their learning style and building a rapport with them. He teaches 8th grade science.

“Mr. Painter creates enthusiasm for learning in his students and encourages and inspires other teachers around him,” said fellow teacher Charlene Ashley. “In my 20 years in education, I have never seen one person influence such a positive change in the culture of a school.”

Highland West Junior High will also receive $2,000 for science and math supplies. Painter was formally recognized during an on-court check presentation during the Oklahoma City Blue’s Field Trip Day in Oklahoma City on Nov. 16.

“The people of Oklahoma Oil and Natural Gas are passionate about recognizing teachers for their efforts in creating the next generation of leaders,” said Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Executive Director Mindy Stitt. “It is a joy to recognize some of our state’s exemplary educators.”

The OERB is funded by the more than 2,500 producers and thousands of royalty owners across Oklahoma through a voluntary one-tenth of 1 percent assessment on oil and natural gas production. The mission is centered around a simple idea: empowering unlimited opportunity for all Oklahomans. We are committed to the well-being and prosperity of all.

Visit to learn more about the investment that the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas are making in our state.