Teacher Feature

Menu

Teacher Feature - Joy Parker

Joy Parker, a Mangum native, grew up with both parents as teachers. She has attended the OERB Little Bits workshop and has taken her students on two free field trips to Science Museum Oklahoma. Joy likes using the books and videos available on OERBHomeRoom in her classroom. Thank you Joy for your support of the OERB education programs! 

Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MANGUM, OKLAHOMA. I GRADUATED FROM MANGUM HIGH SCHOOL IN 2001. MY HUSBAND, BRICE, IS A CREW CHIEF FOR THE C17 AIRPLANES AT ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE. WE HAVE 2 SONS, MASON, 9, AND TYSON, ALMOST 2 YEARS OLD!

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
BOTH OF MY PARENTS WERE TEACHERS. I ALWAYS KNEW I WANTED TO TEACH ONE DAY!

Where did you attend college?
SWOSU

How many years have you been teaching?
11

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?
I TEACH FIRST GRADE MATH, READING, PHONICS, SPELLING, LANGUAGE ARTS, SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, PENMANSHIP, WRITING.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?
I ENJOY SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY, BEING OUTDOORS, CAMPING, COLLECTING ANTIQUES AND CRAFTING.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?
I REALLY ENJOYED THE “GOOD VIBRATIONS” LESSON!

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?
MY STUDENTS LOVED “MAY THE FORCE”. THEY LOVED THE POP TUBES AND EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT SOUNDS!

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?
I LOVE THE CONVENIENCE OF HOMEROOM. HAVING THE MANY DIFFERENT RESOURCES AT A CLICK OF A BUTTON IS AWESOME! HAVING THE BOOKS/VIDEOS ON THE SITE IS GREAT!

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?
I HAVE HAD MANY GREAT MOMENTS DURING TEACHING. I LOVE THAT THE KIDS COME SMILING EACH DAY AND ARE EAGER TO LEARN! MY FAVORITE MOMENT WILL ALWAYS BE WHEN A STUDENT FINALLY READS ON HIS/HER OWN AND YOU CAN SEE THE SELF CONFIDENCE SHOOT TO THE ROOF!

Any additional information you want to share with us?
I AM TEACHING FIRST GRADE IN THE SAME CLASSROOM THAT I WENT TO KINDERGARTEN IN & MY KIDS ARE SITTING AT THE SAME DESKS THAT I SAT AT IN FIRST GRADE!

Teacher Feature - Rhonda Bennett

Rhonda is a 5th grade teacher at Country Lane Intermediate in Broken Arrow. She has been an OERB teacher since 2001 and was a pilot teacher for OERB's newest math curriculum, Rockin Ratios. Rhonda enjoys using OERBHomeRoom in conjunction with the curriculum and has been a teacher for over 20 years. Thank you Rhonda!

Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
My dad was in the military so I have traveled and lived in many different states and countries growing up.  I was born in Enid, Oklahoma and my mother grew up in Enid and graduated from Oklahoma State University.  So when it was time to go to college I knew I wanted to go to OSU.  I went to OSU and it was there I met my husband, Jay.  He moved to Tulsa when he graduated and I followed him to Tulsa.  We married and have raised our three children in Broken Arrow.  

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I worked outside of the education field when I first graduated, but over time was drawn to the field of education.  I worked with a friend for a couple of years that provided food services to a private high school and just felt the calling to go into education. 

Where did you attend college?
Oklahoma State University  - BS Microbiology; Langston University – BS Elementary Education; Northeastern State University – Masters in Reading – December 2016

How many years have you been teaching?
20 years

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?
5th grade – math and science and after school program of Robotics.  I’m also an instructor for Great Expectations in the summer.   

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?
I run in 5k races; decorate cakes and cupcakes; and spending time with my family.  

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum? 
My favorite part of the curriculum is how easy it is to use the material.  Everything is well explained.  I like that everything has been laid out and explained. 

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?
I believe it is the lesson where they are creating the fossils with bread and gummy worms.  

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?
My favorite part of OERB Homeroom how easy the site is to use.  This is a user friendly site and I don’t get frustrated with navigating the site.   

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?
My favorite moments are when students get excited about their learning and they go home and either share or repeat the activity.  I enjoy listening to them tell me what they did at home.  

Any additional information you want to share with us?
I am a National Board Certified Teacher -  Middle Childhood Generalist.  I have also been to Colonial Williamsburg Teachers’ Institute.


Teacher Feature - Linda Broome

Linda is a teacher at West Middle School in Ponca City. She has been an OERB teacher since 2001 and has been to several OERB workshops. Along with using the OERB curriculum, Linda takes her students to Science Museum Oklahoma each school year as part of the OERB's field trip program. Thank you for your continued support, Linda!

Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
I returned to college to complete my degree after my children were in school. I began teaching in a small school in TX where I was the science department. I had seven preps a day and managed to review my entire college career that first year of  teaching. My husband changed jobs and my family moved to Ponca City.  I have been at West Middle School since 1996.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I believed that kids need good teachers and often they did not have them. I chose Science for two reasons, first English had too many papers to grade and I believed that Science allowed children the chance to problem solve and create a sense of wonder. 

Where did you attend college? I  received my bachelors from West Texas A&M. I received my Masters from University of Texas at Arlington. 

How many years have you been teaching? I have taught for 24 years. 

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching? Most of my career I have taught middle school and most of that in sixth grade. 

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?
I love working in my garden and traveling during the summer. I also enjoy quilting and crafts.
What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum? I enjoy teaching about exploration. My father worked in the oil field from the time I was born. He did a lot of exploration on his own and for other companies. Things changed a lot along the way but I still remember the smell of crude oil on his clothing when he came home. 

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?
I think they enjoy the density activities  that we do the most. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?
I especially enjoy having activities in one place to access. I have gotten a lot of good ideas from the videos. 

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?
I have lots of those favorite moments. I love the Ah HA moments when you know they get it. My favorites I guess are the moments when students come back later and tell me that went into science fields because of my class. That is touching the future. 


Teacher Feature - Esther Bell

Esther has been an OERB teacher since 1998 and has taken advantage of many of the programs the OERB offers, including field trips. Thank you Esther for being a long-time OERB teacher!

Share a little bit about yourself!  Where you are from and    how did you end up where you are now?

 I am from Henryetta, OK, and have lived in Shawnee for 35 years.  I have a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren.  The grandchildren’s ages are 17, 15, 14, 10, and 8 years old. I graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and received a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma. I am a member of Professional Oklahoma Educators.  I am also a member of the Oklahoma Advisory on Indian Education.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I worked as a Title VII assistant for four years at North Rock Creek and was encouraged by my colleagues there to get teacher certification.  I attended the teacher education program at OU for two years and received certification.  

Where did you attend college?

I attended Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma.

How many years have you been teaching?

I am beginning my 22nd year of teaching.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching?  Any hobbies?

I love to read.  I enjoy my family.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

My favorite part of the OERB curriculum is the study of fossils and the different types of rocks. 

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach? 

My students enjoy all areas of the OERB curriculum.  They especially like building an oil derrick out of plastic straws and hoping their derrick can hold the most weight.

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

I enjoy watching the videos in the OERB HomeRoom.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

I always enjoy hearing and watching my students grasp a concept I am teaching.  I love hearing them say, "Oh, I get it!"

Any additional information you want to share with us?

I am very appreciate of OERB and everything they have done for teachers and students so that we all can learn about the oil and gas industry that is so vital to our state.  Thank you OERB for developing a fascinating curriculum, producing engaging videos which students enjoy watching over and over, providing admission to a selection of museums and sponsoring workshops for teacher education. 


Teacher Feature - Renae Waugh

Renae is a teacher at Highland Park Elementary in Broken Arrow. She says her students are her energy source. Thanks for being such a devoted and inspirational teacher, Renae! We are so proud to have you as one of our OERB teachers!

Share a little bit about yourself!  Where you are from and how did you end up where you are now?

I was born a Yankee in Pittsburgh, Pa and raised in upstate New York.  In 1990, I migrated south with my husband and 2 young children and settled in Broken Arrow as a stay at home mom.  The joy of raising my own children, accompanied with my zest for learning, led me to pursue a degree in teaching.  Head Start was my beginning just like the pre-k students I taught. The students and I both received the skills and experiences that would prepare us for our futures.  Never would I have imagined as a small, timid girl that I would one day become a teacher.  Sure, I was like most kids and loved to play school, but I didn’t think then I had what it would take to be an educator.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

After volunteering at my children’s elementary school and local church I began thinking, I can do this.  Many teachers encouraged me along my ten-year journey toward my teaching certificate.  I was able to work right alongside some incredible educators as a support staff member in the district I currently teach in.  

Where did you attend college?

I attended Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University.  I have a Master’s Degree in Reading, Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, certification in Elementary Education, and I am Nationally Board Certified.

How many years have you been teaching?

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

I am starting my 17th year as a teacher.  Two of those years were at Head Start pre-k, ten years in first grade, two years in kindergarten, two years in second grade, and this year I will begin a new adventure in upper elementary as a third grade teacher.  I teach all subject areas!

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching?  Any hobbies?

I am an avid reader. Since I joined the profession of teaching late, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to hobbies.  Most of my reading and spare time is related to my teaching career.  However, I do make sure I incorporate it with my nature loving hobbies.  I love the outdoors and camping. They are great backdrops and inspirations to my newest interest of creative writing.  I have been a numismatist since the age of 14 when my dad got me started collecting coins.  I am a kid at heart.  I collect just about anything that a kid would enjoy, then I like sharing the items with my students.  In my rock collection, I have a small rock shaped like Oklahoma, one that looks like a Santa’s boot and one like a hamburger.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

The excellent resources and support the OERB provides for teachers across Oklahoma is my favorite part.  The resources allow me to conduct hands on age-appropriate experiments with my students that promote higher level thinking skills.  Many of the activities require teamwork and provides students with excellent opportunities for them to explain their scientific thinking.

For me personally, since I am not an Oklahoma native, it has provided me with much needed information about our state, making it easier to help students to understand and make connections to their world.

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach? 

Since I am currently new to third grade, we are about to start to incorporate some OERB lessons.  Previous students have enjoyed the Oil Drop lesson on supply and demand.  The students loved the idea of forming and naming their very own oil company.  It is a highly interactive lesson. One year in second grade, we did rotations so I taught the Oil Drop lesson 5 times in one week.  It was great to observe each class of students’ reactions to the experience.  I have done the lesson indoors and outdoors with much success. 

I am looking forward to some of the advanced activities with my third grade students that I am sure will be a hit!  

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

The pictures and video clips are very helpful and handy for me to share with my students. 

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

I have so many favorite moments as most teachers do to choose just one so I will relate it to an OERB experience during one of our field trips to the Woolaroc Museum that OERB provided. When I was teaching first grade, I was the only teacher on my team that had training and used OERB resources.  So, I partnered with a fellow upper elementary teacher and we became Petro Pals. We merged our lessons together once per month, and we went on our field trip together. Our bus took the back way to Bartlesville, and I remember how thrilled my students were at seeing pump jacks along the way to the point of squealing every time they saw one.  I am not sure what the upper grade kids or their teacher thought of this experience, but as for me I was sharing in their delight. 

Okay, so I feel compelled to share one more story.  I had been teaching OERB lessons for years. I went to my first training before I was a teacher. Yes, I took the training for 3-6 grade when I was teaching at Head Start.  I broke the information down for my students when I taught K, 1st up until Little Bits was formed. I was determined to teach Science to my kids each year.  The lower elementary focus is on safety.  Since I do not teach in a rural area, I wasn’t aware of any impact I was making with students on the safety of being around oil well equipment sites until a student blurted out one day that while visiting a relative in a remote area of Oklahoma, she had seen one of the working pump jacks.  It was then I realized that this is indeed why we still need to teach safety even in urban and suburban areas of the state.  It is because of the kids’ unfamiliarity of pump jacks and well sites that the OERB Safety Little Bits Curriculum is essential! 

Any additional information you want to share with us?

Thank you OERB for treating us teachers as the professionals that we are!  Your workshops are amazing.  I have used the OERB curriculum and materials since 1998.  I have been to three workshops, and I am looking forward to attending an upper elementary level workshop in the future to receive updated lesson information and materials.  I enjoy collaborating with other teachers from around the state.  I frequently encourage new teachers to participate in your workshops and promote OERB whenever I can.


Teacher Feature - Donna Mackiewicz

Donna is a K - 5th teacher at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Edmond. Shout out to you, Donna! We appreciate all you do for your students.

Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
I live in Edmond and have raised two daughters. I met my husband, Richard, in high school and he sticks with me through all my nature loving. Not too many men can handle skulls on the kitchen sink before coffee or opening the freezer plastic container and finding different types of cicadas not food. We've traveled the world and have lived in Asia and South America. I am a proud Girl Scout Leader (more than 120 girls have been in Girl Scouts West OK - Troop 222 over the past 21 years) and an Oklahoma Master Naturalist. I must say, there is no place quite like Oklahoma - every day is an adventure if one chooses it to be.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I love to share and help every child become confident and courageous. My style is definitely not textbook and more hands-on. There is power in knowledge. I have been trained in Little Bits, Fossils to Fuel, Fossils to Fuel 2, & Petro Active. Each has something for every learner and hands-on learning makes a lasting impression.

Where did you attend college?
California State Fullerton and I think I'll never give up taking classes for professional development and fun.

How many years have you been teaching?
8 years.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?
I love to travel. One daughter lives in Montana and the other in Tokyo, so I get to fly a lot. And speaking of flying, my hobby is bird watching. Anything to do with nature I love. However, bird behavior, migration, and nesting is so exciting.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum? 
The curriculum is so easy to follow and prepares the instructor for all questions. The materials are such a blessing - the quality is outstanding.

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?
Oil Drop Hide and Seek/Petro Pete Sees the Signs of Danger

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

Visiting the pump jack site at school and having the children talk about all the dangers they saw and comparing it to the lesson plans.

Any additional information you want to share with us?
We play Duh Duh Dangerous over 20 times (over and over). The kids love it!

Would you like to be featured on OERBHomeRoom.com? Email us at: homeroom@oerb.com


Teacher Feature - Mandi Cloud

Mandi Cloud is a Kindergarten teacher at Limestrone Technology Academy in Sand Springs. Thank you, Mandi for your support of OERB and our energy education programs!


Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
I was born in Tulsa and moved to Sand Springs in the 7th grade. It is a tightknit community that welcomed my mom and I with open arms! I knew when I graduated from college that I wanted to return and work for a district that always puts kids first! My husband Jason (another Sandite alum) and I have been married for six years and we have a smart, beautiful 5-year-old daughter names Kenzi Jo.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I have always loved school! The most influential people (outside my family) have been teachers. I have always known that I wanted to work with children in some fashion. I contemplated career paths such as dentistry and pediatric medicine, but my heart always came back to teaching. After my field experience in an amazing 1st grade classroom, I knew early childhood was the place for me!

Where did you attend college?
I attended East Central University in Ada, OK.

How many years have you been teaching?
This is my 11th year teaching. I've been fortunate to have taught my entire career at Limestone Technology Academy. All of my years have been in Kindergarten, with the exception of one year in 1st grade.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?
I love being a wife and mommy! I enjoy watching my daughter dance and play basketball. I also love reading and learning. I am an EdCamp addict! I enjoy learning and sharing ideas with other teachers around our great state.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum? 
I love how every activity is hands-on! I appreciate how OERB replenishes the consumable materials so that teachers can continue the curriculum year after year. It is a wonderful that OERB sponsors a field trip for the students after they have completed the curriculum. For many of my students, this will be their first field trip to a hands-on learning museum.

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?
We use the Little Bits curriculum and my students really enjoyed the "May the Force be With You" lesson. The hands-on lab activities with the chairs, straws, and pop tubes reinforced the concept of pushes and pulls. They about using force all the time now!

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?
All of the resources on OERB Homeroom are easy to access! My students also LOVE the Lab Time with Leo.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?
My favorite teaching moment happens each year with every student when they read on their own for the first time. There is nothing quite like that look on their faces when they recognize a sight word or decode a word for the first time!

Any additional information you want to share with us?
I just want to thank OERB again for their continued commitment to Oklahoma students! I look forward to continuing this curriculum with my future students for years to come!

Would you like to be featured on OERBHomeRoom.com? Email us at: homeroom@oerb.com


Teacher Feature-Susan Bogle

Susan Bogle is a fourth grade teacher at Grand Elementary School in Chickasha. Thank you, Susan for being a great teacher and a long-time supporter of OERB's Energy Education Programs!


Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?
I have lived in Chickasha all my life.  I love my Chickasha Fightin’ Chicks and our community/school pride!  I graduated from Chickasha in 1977.  I have been married to my husband, Allan, for 34 years, and we have two sons.  They are Trevor, 29, and Cody, 24.  I have a wonderful, sweet, new daughter-in-law, Tyanne who is married to Cody.  

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I decided to become a teacher after playing school with my three brothers growing up.  Of course, I was always the teacher.  I also had some of the nicest, sweetest teachers in school.  I knew that was what I wanted to do!  I always had fun at school!  I love helping students learn, and love that they love to do hands on science with OERB curriculum!  We really do enjoy it!  It really helps our classroom “TEAM” spirit to work together!

Where did you attend college?
I attended college for 2 years at UCO in Edmond and finished my last two years and graduated from USAO in Chicksha.  

How many years have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 20 years.  I teach Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.  I taught my first 10 years in 5th grade and my next 10 years in 4th grade.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?
My hobbies are photography, reading, riding four wheelers with my husband and sons, and going to OU football games.  I love to plant flowers.

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum? 
My favorite part of the OERB curriculum is the hands on activities.  The workshops are great and the lesson plans are fantastic.  They are ready to go and all the materials come with it in a kit.  It makes it so easy.  The students absolutely love it, and so does their teacher!  We have so much fun with it!  They learn so much and are so surprised at what they have learned.  Also, the paid field trip is wonderful!  We are so thankful for OERB and everything they do for us and our community/state.  The free materials are fun for us also.  We love the DUH-DUH dangerous folders with the stickers

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?
The kids love all the lessons in the OERB curriculum, but if I had to pick a favorite of theirs it would be constructing the derrick.  They like the problem solving, building, and then testing the structure with weights with their team at the end.  They are surprised at the weight and stress it can bear.  So many of the students’ parents or grandparents work for an oil/gas company in Oklahoma.

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?
I love the OERB homeroom.  We love the Lab Time with Leo videos.  He’s funny.  The site is organized for any help we might need with the curriculum.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?
I have been to the OERB Educators’ Retreat.  We had so much fun in Ardmore this past summer digging for fossils.  I really enjoy it!  I brought them back and shared with my students.  They were amazed.  I had many pictures to share with them of our adventures.  We had a really fantastic experience going out to a rig and well site.  It was quite a learning experience for me to be up and close to them.  It was a fantastic learning time that I enjoyed very much!

Any additional information you want to share with us?
Another favorite thing about OERB is when we schedule a Petro Pro.  The kids love for them to come and talk to them.  They show them all kinds of maps about Oklahoma and where and how to find the oil.  The geologist always gives them a really shiny rock.  It is worth millions to them! They are all smiles.

Would you like to be featured on OERBHomeRoom.com? Email us at: homeroom@oerb.com


Teacher Feature-Jenny Jamison

We are excited for our first Teacher Feature of the 2014-2015 school year! Jenny Jamison is a third grade teacher at Sadler Arts Academy in Muskogee. Thank you, Jenny, for letting the OERB feature you and your students!

Share a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and how did you end up where you are now?

Jenny: I grew up in Jay, Oklahoma and went to college in Stillwater at OSU where I majored in early childhood education and met my husband. After graduation, I got a job teaching in Muskogee’s new pre-kindergarten program. My husband had grown up in Muskogee, so it seemed like a perfect place to make a home. We have been perfectly happy to be in Muskogee for 17 years.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Jenny: I wanted to be a teacher because it just seemed so natural for me. I always, always played “teacher” when I was little and was considered a little bossy! Many of my family members were lifelong educators, including my parents and grandfather.

Where did you attend college?

Jenny: I obtained my Bachelors degree at OSU in Stillwater and my Masters at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

How many years have you been teaching?

This is my 17th year of teaching, 4 years of preK, 10 years of kindergarten, and 3 years of 3rd grade.

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

Jenny: I teach all subjects in 3rd grade.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies?

Jenny: I have four children, so I enjoy watching them do all the things they enjoy…piano, gymnastics, baseball, performing at school. I enjoy sitting on my back porch with a cup of coffee and a book. More than a year ago, I began running. I really love it…which was a shock to me. :)

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

Jenny: The science experiments!!! We love researching the new material and constructing new knowledge while experiencing the scientific method with the hands on experiments provided.

Do your students have a favorite lesson in the OERB curriculum you teach?

Jenny: They really enjoyed constructing the derricks and learning about kinetic and potential energy. At the end of the year, I have my students write to the students I will have the next year. Almost all of them included something from the OERB curriculum. Since we teach Oklahoma history in 3rd grade, it is so useful to help students understand the natural resources our state provides.

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

Jenny: I like the videos and resources that are provided on the page. It is very user friendly.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

Jenny: At the end of each year, when students write about and evaluate their year in 3rd grade, I celebrate each one of their memories and achievements with them. As they get older, I watch for “my kids” and take pride in their accomplishments and celebrate with them and for them.

Any additional information you want to share with us?

Jenny: I am very grateful to OERB and its support of my classroom. We have partnered with OERB for pilot programs—Little Bits and Fossil to Fuel, workshops, and field trips. They have always been so helpful and accommodating. The materials, activities and resources provided for our class are amazing. I look forward to our continued partnership and chances to learn new and exciting ways to connect my students with our great state. Thank you, OERB!!

Thanks Jenny for your great feature!


Teacher Feature-Ranee Schoenhals

We are excited to feature another OERB educator as Teacher of the Month! This month, we'd like to introduce you to Ranee Schoenhals. Once we met Ranee, it was obvious that she is a fun, energetic teacher who loves what she does. With a very contagious smile and excitement as she talked about her job, it was fun learning how Ranee incorperates the OERB curriculum into her classroom.

As we entered Ranee's room, it was clear that she LOVES the Oklahoma State Cowboys and all Cowboy sports along with math. Ranee teaches Algebra 1 at Edmond North High School. Most of her students are freshman. We love the classroom environment that Ranee strives for, "Math is seldom a favorite subject for my students, but they must have it to graduate, so I try to make the class interactive and interesting so that even if math isn't their favorite thing to do, at least my class is a positive environment and a good experience."

Ranee grew up in Frederick, Oklahoma which is located southwest of Lawton near the Oklahoma/Texas border. Once you walk into her classroom, you will immediately know that Ranee loves the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OSU is where Ranee earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Later, Ranee earned her master's degree in Child and Family Studies in UCO. Ranee has also taken certification tests for special education and intermediate math.

Ranee has been teaching for over twenty five years but before she earned her degree, she was pretending to be a teacher to her nephew at the age of ten. During her teaching career, Ranee has been a preschool teacher, taught a wide range of science classes at the Omniplex (now Science Museum Oklahoma) and now Ranee has been teaching in the public school system for the last seven years. Ranee still teaches science outreach programs for the museum during the summer. Ranee loves to teach the earth science classes so she can play with snakes and other creepy crawlies.  "My favorite classes to teach at the museum are earth science classes and chemistry classes.  I like to make messes; from oozing volcanoes to chemical explosions!"

Ranee attended her first OERB workshop in 2011. Ranee's favorite part of the Core Energy Math curriculum is that it is interactive and hands-on. Her students easily made the connection that math has a reason, especially in the real world.
 
When did you attend an OERB workshop? Did you enjoy it?
I attended your workshop in the summer of 2011.  I did enjoy it; I could see that it was interactive, and with my early childhood background, I was very excited to see hands-on applied math.  Students can see that the math has a reason.

"I teach students who REALLY struggle with math and are often reluctant learners.  When I provided them with the OERB curriculum, they could see why they use the math.  They understood that math could give them answers to questions and problems in the oil and gas industry. I loved that they were interested and came in everyday wanting to know what we were going to study that day."

One of the most exciting parts about our visit with Ranee was when she told us that she used one of the OERB lessons for her final!
 
"They used a catapult to shoot four markers onto a grid that represented levels of the earth.  Once they had those markers, they had to determine how much pipe was needed for drilling to those sites.  We discussed the need for directional drilling.  They also had to determine how much pipe would be needed for a direct drill from one point to the other.
 
They used the maps and determined townships.  They also determined the distance between two towns driving and by a direct route if flying from one to the other.
 
They purchased drilling materials for a variety of rigs.  The further out the rig; the bigger reward for a hit on the well.  Some materials would not reach all rigs, so they had to decide how they wanted to spend their money.  They shot their materials from the catapult and tried to hit the well.  If they were successful, they realized revenue.  They had to total the cost and the revenue and determine if they incurred a production profit or loss on the project.
 
Finally, they had to answer the questions that we discussed on the pre-test and post-test provided in the packet."


Though teaching is a huge passion, outside of teaching, Ranee enjoys reading, listening to music, sponsoring  the Edmond North Wrestling team and attending all of the OSU wrestling meets (Ranee and her husband attend the NCAA tournament every March!) Ranee and her husband have season tickets to OSU football and basketball games and they also attend the OSU soccer and baseball games.

Ranee has been married to her husband, Jeff, for thirty years and they have two beautiful girls, Amelia and Sagan.


 It is easy to tell that Ranee is an amazing teacher. Not to mention, a lot of fun! Congratulations on being OERB's Teach of the Month, Ranee!


Teacher Feature-Brenda Madden

Meet Brenda Madden, OERB's Teacher of the Month! Brenda teaches self contained 5th grade science at Purcell Intermediate in Purcell, Oklahoma.

Brenda graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in education specializing in special education. Brenda taught special education for many years in Purcell and even used the OERB curriculum with her special education students. Brenda had always had a love for science, so when a science position came available at Purcell Intermediate, she gave it try and has loved it ever since.

If you're  lucky enough to ever meet Brenda, you will immediately recognize not only what a wonderful person she is but what a wonderful teacher she is. She is the kind of teacher her students will remember 30 years later because of the excitement she brings to her students through science. Brenda is energetic, kind, passionate and is always beaming with a smile on her face but when you walk into her classroom, it will even further describes what a great educator she is. Brenda has a colorful and bright classroom for her and her students to work in. Her science lab set-up makes it extra fun for Brenda's 5th graders to start experimenting, investigating and digging deeper into the excitement of science.

Brenda has used the OERB curriculum for 10 years to enhance her own classroom instruction. Brenda primarily uses Fossils to Fuel and Fossils to Fuel 2 with her 5th grade students.

"My favorite part of the the OERB Fossils to Fuel 2 curriculum is the hands-on activities that motivate my students! My students get so excited when they enter my classroom and see that an OERB activity is planned for the day. We just finished the activity where the students had to guess how many drops of water would fit on a penny.  I love seeing their surprise when they are involved in the activity.  I also appreciate the field trip that OERB sponsors when we have finished all of the activities.  Because of money issues, our school has not been able to fund field trips for the past 6 years.  Most of my students have never had a field trip until they reach 5th grade science.  They absolutely love going to the Science Museum Oklahoma. As a teacher, I appreciate the supplies, curriculum, & resources furnished by OERB. This allows me to teach without worrying about purchasing the supplies.  Thank you OERB!"

When Brenda is not teaching, she loves cooking, reading and spending time with her huband and six children. One of the most unqiue facts we learned about Brenda while visiting her was that her and her husband have adopted six foster children through out the years.

We are inspired by the passion that Brenda has for being a science educator. Congratulations Brenda, for being a remarkable teacher, you deserve it!


Teacher Feature: Jory Snyder

Her first name is “Jory.” But when you meet her, what you’ll discover is pure “joy” – the infectious enthusiasm of teaching and helping her 6th through 8th grade special education students thrive in math, science and reading at Prue Middle School.

“Kids love rocks!” OERB Teacher of the Month Jory Snyder exclaims. “That’s probably why my favorite OERB lesson plan is Fossils to Fuel, Petro Pete and Rock Detective.”

Jory has used the OERB Curriculum for 4 years to enhance her own classroom instruction.

“It easily fits onto my normal lesson plans throughout the year,” says Jory. “I usually use it as an introduction to the math or science topic I plan to cover. With state testing, everybody thinks there is no time to cover extra topics, but I’ve found that the OERB curriculum helps reinforce skills and topics on state tests – and they constantly modify their curricula to keep it up to date and aligned with Oklahoma. Their ready-to-go lessons make it easy for teachers.”  

"Many students don’t realize how much of our everyday life comes from oil. They know cars need oil and gas but don’t realize plastics and some medicines come from oil too,” Jory continues. “But I also think it’s important for students to be aware of the job opportunities right here in Oklahoma that oil creates – especially the girls. Because the demand is there and growing.

A former fashion designer from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Jory finds that the OERB curriculum just, well, “fits.” And her favorite part about Oklahoma? The Tulsa and Oklahoma City indie boutiques she often frequents and her walks in Tulsa’s Brookside area.





Account Registration


Have you attended an OERB workshop? If so, please create an OERB HomeRoom account so you can access all of these great resources. If you haven't been to an OERB workshop, click here to sign up.

First Name
Last Name
School District
School Name
Phone

Please provide the email address and password you would like to use for this account:

Email
Password

Workshop Registration

Name
School
Email
Phone
Password

Email Alerts

First Name
Last Name
Email

Login

Username
Password

Forgot Password?

Username

Password was reset!

Try and login with your new password.

You must be logged in to continue.


Login


Haven't registered yet?