Randall Briggs Named 2017 BPS Teacher of the Year
Mr. Randall Briggs has received the honor of Bixby Public School’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Briggs has a strong work ethic and strives to help his students excel. Before going into the teaching field, Mr. Briggs served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. When asked what led him into teaching, he recalls walking toward a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with a group of officers including the squadron commander and asking the group a trivia question, “Does anyone know why the UH-60’s tail rotor is tilted at an angle of 20 degrees off of vertical?” No one knew, so he proceeded to explain. The squadron commander told him then that he ought to be a school teacher one day.
Mr. Briggs has an extensive military career. He attended Officer Candidate School, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry, and went through Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and Ranger School and went on to serve as platoon leader. He later attended flight school and became an aeroscout platoon commander, where he served during his squadron’s participation during October-November 1983 in Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of Grenada, and upon return served as an Intelligence and Security officer. His military career continued with the Aviation Officer Course and he served in Korea for a year on the ROK/US Combined Forces Command staff as Assistant C-3 (Operations, Plans, and Training) Aviation Officer for training. Following his year in Korea, Mr. Briggs returned to the states where he worked as Assistant S-3, Commander, S-3 Officer, and Executive Officer for Apache Helicopter Squadrons.
After a year at Fort Bragg, Mr. Briggs was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs as well as Executive Officer and Instructor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. He later was assigned to the Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and Staff College, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he helped develop and/or conduct expertise in staff rides for the battles of Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, Little Bighorn, and Attu.
After 20 years of service, Mr. Briggs retired from the Army and according to Mr. Briggs, ” (I) have been fortunate enough to teach at Bixby High School for the last 9 1/2 years. Here at BHS, I have taught World History, History of the American Civil War, U.S. Government, Oklahoma History, U.S. History, and AP U.S. History. At BHS, I have worked with an incredible number of great educators: great teachers, great administrators, and great staff. I have been the assistant coach of the Academic Team, and am currently the head coach of that team.”
Mr. Briggs continually inspires his students and will be taking a group of students to Washington the week of January 16 to tour Washington and to see the 2017 Presidential Inauguration for what he hopes “will be one of the great trips of their lives.” When asked what inspires him in the classroom, ” I love to see the imaginary light bulbs light up above students’ heads, and I love it almost as much when the light bulb lights up over my head when I learn something from our discussions. I love seeing students succeed, in my classroom, in other aspects of school at BHS. I love seeing them grow and mature, and then move on to college and real life.” Thank you, Mr. Briggs, and congratulations on being our BPS Teacher of the Year!