Hideaway Pizza names 2019 Teacher Appizziation Winners
Each winner was surprised at their school with a $600 Hideaway Pizza gift card — enough dough to buy one small pizza every week for a year.
Cooper Elementary teacher Katelynn Whitt and Hideaway Pizza’s Janie Harris
Nineteen winners were chosen from more than 900 nominations to Hideaway Pizza’s fourth annual Teacher Appizziation contest this year.
The winners were selected by region, and voted on by each region’s staff at the restaurant in the region. The winners include teachers and support staff currently employed in grades pre-K through 12, at schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Each winner was surprised at their school with a $600 Hideaway Pizza gift card — enough dough to buy one small pizza every week for a year — a certificate and a Hideaway Pizza box full of Hideaway Pizza gear.
In 2018, the contest generated almost 800 nominations and Hideaway Pizza surprised 12 teachers with their awards and prize packages totaling over $7,500. This year they were able to increase the number of awards to 19, one for each restaurant location, totaling $11,400.
“Being able to give something tangible and help bring recognition to those who perform the most essential services to our children is the goal with our Teacher Appizziation Awards,” says Janie Harris, marketing director for Hideaway Pizza. “Teachers are superheroes, every single day. We all need superheroes in our lives, and we are sure glad they are there for our children. Sometimes even superheroes need a little support, so that is what we are doing!”
Local 2019 Teacher Appizziation Winners are:
Marina Allison, Bell Elementary
Rachel Langley, Jenks High School, Jenks
Leah Schuster, Northeast Elementary, Owasso
Katelynn Whitt, Cooper Elementary, Tulsa
Jennifer Phenicie, Bixby Ninth Grade Center, Bixby
Sarah Brewer, Wright Elementary
Victoria Chaplin, Broken Arrow High School, Broken Arrow
Hideaway Pizza was founded in Stillwater in 1957 and aside from the original Stillwater location, currently has 16 Oklahoma locations and two Arkansas stores with a third under construction. Visit hideawaypizza.com for more information.