Welcome back! As you welcome your new staff, do your onboarding, and begin to strengthen your culture, we too on the Teaching & Learning team are doing the same!
We are pleased to welcome three new regional directors to our statewide PD staff. Kendra Schenk will be working with our southern members, Monica Hardbarger will be servicing southeastern Oklahoma members and Linda Marshall will be working with the Oklahoma City metro area schools.
Additionally, beginning their second year of fun with the OPSRC statewide regional professional development team are Valerie Johnson, working with our northwest members and Faye Garrison who will be visiting with our northeast Oklahoma members.
You, our member schools, will always be our priority, and we want you to feel the value for your membership, whether that be a monthly visit from a regional developer, attending one of the five regional state wide PD days, coming to one of the scheduled trainings at our facility or scheduling our team to train on a subject of your choosing at your site.
The numbers don’t lie: 100 and 85 million! 100 is the age of author extraordinaire Beverly Cleary, whose birthday is today, and 85 million is how many copies of her books have sold.
When I was little, my dad spent time working at McDonnell Douglas in Tulsa. If I remember right, he worked on a lot of different things, but what always excited me the most was that he worked on the engine for the F-15 Eagle fighter jet.
I’m Jamila MacArthur, and I’m excited to join the amazing Teaching & Learning team as the director.
This first week of May marks Teacher Appreciation Week, so I hope you will take time to communicate your gratitude for the teachers who have helped shape your life and who are shaping your children's lives.