I received my Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Southwestern - Weatherford. OK in 1995
I did my student teaching in the Woodward Middle School and High School under the direction of Emily Lively and Roxy Merklin. I consider them to be the most accomplished artists I know - who devoted their entire teaching career to the public school system.
Once I graduated, I worked through a Learn and Serve Grant called the PICASSO Project with ALL 8 elementary schools in Woodward for 2 years.
In 1998 I enrolled at Norwestern in Alva, OK to pursue my Master's Degree in Elementary Education.
I graduated in 2000!!!!!
I accomplished my National Board status in 2006 and my Renewal status this year - 2015.
The next step on my academic ladder (aka bucket list) is to achieve my Doctorate in Theology. I was supposed to have checked that off my list by the age of 50..... but as usual.... I'm running a little late! ;)
.......................to be continued
I married my high school sweetheart in 1982 - in The New Life Assembly of the Assemblies of God Church in Geary, Oklahoma. As crazy at it sounds, I was 17 and he was 20; we are still married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have 2 grown children, who are married with children of their own.
Ashley (O'Neal) Zumwalt is married to Kevin - Their children are Katelyn (12) and Jaxin(8).
Brandon O'Neal is married to Lacy - their child is Case J. (3)
Ashley and Brandon graduated from LHS in 2001 and 2004, respectively.
I've been employed at LHS since the fall of 1999!
My first year teaching; I was hired for 5 classes and an ITV art class to Hardesty High School - I had one student! It was great fun!