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From History Geek to NASA Nerd

From history geek to NASA nerd, Mary Jo Robertson knew she would be out of her element, but that didn’t hold her back from applying for an out-of-this-world experience.

Moore High School Educator Born to Teach

Ask Kelly Leiter why she teaches and she’ll say she was born for teaching. In her first job interview, Mrs. Leiter recalls the principal showing her a large stack of applications. The principal asked, “Why should I hire you instead of these other candidates?” “They want a job,” Mrs. Leiter said. “I was born to…

Cache Educator Chooses Teaching Over Practicing Law

May 17 is National Graduation Tassel Day and POE celebrates Oklahoma’s graduating seniors, as well as the many sponsors like Arletta Stewart who help coordinate graduation and baccalaureate ceremonies. For the past 10 years, Mrs. Stewart has been making sure the seniors at Cache High School experience a memorable graduation. “I love watching the students…

A Life Changing Decision to Become a Teacher

A Mom’s Desire to Spend Time with Children Leads to another Generation of Teachers Twenty-five years ago Cindy Chuculate made a decision to leave the business world and enter the field of education. Her insurance career consumed her life and left little time to spend with her children. She’s the first to tell anyone that…

Moore Music Teacher Inspires Students

Elementary music education teacher Zachary Snider begins everyday at Central Elementary School in Moore walking the halls and telling kids to have a great day; almost as if he has a song in his step. His first class period is reserved for planning so he is fortunate to visit with and welcome students in the…

Class Supplies Turned Yard Art

Andrea Magness, Tech Ed teacher at Shattuck High School, was inspired during Covid to start a project in her class called Yard Cards to deliver messages to the community. Four senior girls in her yearbook class took on the project and it has been wildly successful. Signs have been requested for team sports, welcome back…

From the back of the classroom to the front of the class 

Michael Lewis, Science Teacher, Union Public Schools  From the student who wanted to blend into the walls to becoming the educator who inspires others, Michael Lewis embarked on a teaching career nearly 20 years ago and has never looked back.  The Tulsa Union science teacher never thought he would be able to teach or speak in public. As a kid, Lewis was diagnosed…

A Lifelong Learner Finds Her Calling in Teaching

Alyson Slack, Parkview Elementary in Midwest City An avid reader, performer and daughter of an educator, Alyson Slack knew at an early age she wanted to be a teacher. She taught pre-school, helped her mom with lessons and earned a double major from Oklahoma Christian University in early childhood and elementary education. “While I was…

Called to Teach and Serve

By Leif Francel, 7th-8th Grade Religion Teacher and 5th-8th Grade Science Teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Okarche I absolutely love teaching. It is a beautiful experience that enables you to serve all kinds of people. You care for children that are poor and rich, black and white, academically gifted and academically challenged. You get a chance…

Caring Educator, Coach, Cancer Survivor

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, POE would like to highlight one of our employees who is a breast cancer survivor, a long-term educator and a valued member of our REP team. Carol Mattoon began her education career in Frederick, Oklahoma by teaching 4th graders and physical education. She then went to a K-8…

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