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Teacher Feature - Marie Pool

Marie Pool is a science teacher at Western Technology Center. Not only did she attend our Energy Education workshops, but she took it a step further and became one of our amazing master teachers. Thank you, Marie, for you 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 graduated from Gruver High School in Gruver, TX. My future husband, Winston, was in the US Army when I graduated from Panhandle State University, so I soon found myself living a military life. Winston was stationed at Ft. Polk, LA when I began my teaching career at Leesville Junior High in Leesville, LA. After the service we spent a few years farming in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle area. Winston and I moved to Clinton, OK in 1980 so that he could work in his dad's seismograph business. When our third child was entering Kindergarten, I decided I was ready to go back to the classroom. I was fortunate to be financially able to stay at home with my children when they were young, but I was ready for the challenge and joy of teaching again. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 

Mr. Looper, my high schol chemistry teacher and my university biology professor, Dr. Ramon, believed in my abilities and motivated me to succeed. I graduated high school wanting to be a medical technologist. In college, I declared a biology major and a job as a teaching assistant directed me towards a career change: teaching! 

Where did you attend college?

I attended college at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, in Goodwell, OK, and graduated with a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry and education. I received my Master's in Educational Administration at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and have almost completed a Masters in Natural Science Education.

How many years have you been teaching?

I have been a certified classroom teacher almost 35 years -- not counting time as a lab teaching assistant and substitute teaching. 

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

Western Technology Center is a partner with 14 rural Oklahoma schools and our Biomed students are Juniors and Seniors from these schools. I currently teach Human Body Systems, Concurrent General Chemistry from credit at SWOSU, and Honors Physics.

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies

I enjoy being with my family and grandbabies. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and making stained glass art pieces. 

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

I love Core Science but all of the curriculums provide rich activities and conections to our Oklahoma oil and gas heritage. 

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

Students always enjoy the Core Science activity called "From Crude to Refined." Students are always surprised when the grape ester is separated from the original mixture! 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom? 

The Resources! The resources provide teachers with material such as a new video or background information about something in the oil industry. And HomeRoom provides a place for teachers to connect with other teachers!

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career? 

I have experienced many wonderful moments but the "Aha" moment when a student suddenly realizes that they do understand a concept always lets me know that my hard work has been effetive. It is so rewarding for students to return after graduation and say how much they really appreciate all the "hard stuff" that we did in class and how it helped them be successful in a college class. My students trials and successes are measurements of the learning process they experience in my classroom. 

Teacher Feature - Amber Donaldson

Amber Donaldson is a middle school English teacher in Yukon, OK. Not only did she attend our Energy Education workshops, but she took it a step further and became one of our amazing master teachers. Thank you, Amber, for you 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 am a Mom to four amazing kids and my husband is also a teacher! We have two dogs and live in Yukon, OK. I am from Marlow, Oklahoma, and have lived in Oklahoma my whole life! 

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 

I became a teacher because of the amazing English teacher I had in high school, Mrs. Parker. She was funny, quick-witted and she challenged us to be better writers every day. She made all of her students feel smart and special. 

Where did you attend college?

I have a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and two Master's degrees from East Central University. 

How many years have you been teaching?

9 years

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

8th grade English

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies

I love watching my kids play sports, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time with my husband and friends!

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

I love that our curriculum can be taught to multiple levels and grades. It is truly adaptable to all students! 

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

My students love the lesson that covers rhetorical devices! They get so into figuring out the symbolism and what the "real" messgae is behind the commercial. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom? 

I like that the resources are easy to access for all of the lessons. Teachers can get copies of any worksheet or the instructions so it makes it easy to make it digital, especially during this time of distance learning!

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career? 

I honestly have to many to list. I have been teaching long enough to have some really great stories but getting to know my students and seeing their success is probably my favortie thing about teaching! 

Teacher Feature - Jackie Jackson

Jackie Jackson is a middle school assitant principal in Stillwater, OK. Not only did she attend our workshops when she in the classroom, but she took it a step further and became one of our amazing master teachers. Thank you, Jackie, for you 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 graduated from high school in Guymon, Oklahoma and moved to Stillwater for college. I got my degree in secondary mathematics education and began my teaching career in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. I have taught math to 8th - 12th grade students in 3 school districts for 13 years. After being a teacher leader, I was encouraged to try administration, and I've been an assistant principal at Stillwater Middle School for 4 years now. I love my jobs as an administrator, but I also love teaching math. Being able to teach Rockin' Ratios with OERB gives me the best of both worlds. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 

In first grade, my teacher asked me to read aloud to the class the answers from the teacher's manual while she stepped in the hallway. I knew I wanted to be a teacher from that moment on. 

Where did you attend college?

Bachelor's at Oklahoma State University

Master's at Southwestern Oklahoma State University

How many years have you been teaching?

13 years teaching math, 4 years as an assistant principal

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

I have taught 8th grade math, Integrated Math I, Algebra II, and Pre-AP Geometry. As a current middle school assistant principal, I am often able to work with 6th and 7th grade students on all types of assignments. Students know that I especially love to help them with math. 

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies

I love reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. 

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

My favorite part of Rockin' Ratios is using ratios to write and interpret legal descriptions of land. It's like a logic puzzle to me!

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

I taught Rockin' Ratios in my 8th grade math class in Stillwater, and my students loved working with the tangrams in Find the Landman. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom? 

I love all of the resources that are available, and LabTime with Leo is always a hit. 

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career? 

The best part of being an educator is the ability to encourage and build up kids. My favorite moments are seeing students finally have success after lots and lots of hard work and knowing that I was able to help them on their journey. 

Teacher Feature - Jade Benson

Jade Benson is a 6th through 8th grade Science and STEM teacher at Tennehill Public Schools in McAlester, OK. Not only has she attended seven workshops since 2002, but she has also attended an OERB mini Virtual Workshop and has participated in both our field trip and Petro Pros programs. Thank you, Jade, for you 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?

Born and raised in Holdenville, OK. I went all 13 years to Moss Schools and graduated in 1997. I receivedf my Bachelors of Science from East Central University in 2002. My first teaching job was at Byng Public Schools teaching 5th grade science and later went on to the high school teaching Biology, Zoology, and Pre-AP Biology. I taught there 5 1/2 years till my husband and I had our first child. Stayed home for the next 12 years raising children. While at home, we had the opportunity to homeschool and I taught Biology, Forensic Science, Zoology, middle school science, and elementary science for Arrow Christian Academy in Ada, OK. This past year, we put our children back into public school and I am now teaching again! This time around, I am teaching middle school science and STEM. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 

I have always loved science. If I can pass that love onto a student of mine then I have succeeded.

Where did you attend college?

East Central University, Ada, OK

How many years have you been teaching?

11 1/2 years

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

Middle school science

What else do you enjoy doing besides teaching? Any hobbies

I love God/Jesus, running, and working in my garden/flower bed. 

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

Fossils to Fuel 1 & 2

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

Building the Oil Derricks out of straws

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom? 

Labtime with Leo!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love him and so do the students. 

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career? 

I don't know if I have a favorite moment. I just so enjoy all the lessons, that I get excited knowing that today is the day that I teach OERB. I think that I get more excited than my students. 

Teacher Feature - Charles Dutton

Charles Dutton is a 6th grade Math and Science teacher at Kelley Elementary School in Moore, OK. Not only has he attended four workshops since 2015, but he has also attended an OERB mini Virtual Workshop! Thank you, Charles, 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 grew up in Augusta, Kansas, just outside of Wichita. When I graduated from Augusta High School, I decided to attend our Church Bible College in Oklahoma City. I majored in Bible and Elementary Education graduating in 1991. After a short stint substitute teaching, I was employed with Moore Public Schools. I met my wife, Jeni, at Mid-Ameria and we stayed in Moore. Our two children, Zachary and Lydia, both graduated from Southmoore High School. Zachary attended Moore Norman and graduated with a degree in Welding. He is a pipeline welder. My daughter, Lydia, is attending the University of Oklahoma.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I have always had a heart for working with children and when the opportunity came up for me to get my education degree, I jumped on it. I wouldn't want to do anything else. 

Where did you attend college?

Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK (B.S. in Elementary Education)

University of Texas, Arlington, TX (Masters in Reading, ELL, Curriculum)

How many years have you been teaching?

28 years

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

6th grade Math and Science

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

Reading, Stained Glass, Scouting, Hiking, Camping

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

The OERB curriculum is set up for easy use and allows the students to experience key concepts with great hands-on activities. Any teacher can pick up a lesson and teach it with minimum preparation.

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

If I had to choose one lesson, it would be Pulleys-A Weighty Problem. They like the challenge of constructing the activity. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

The videos that go with each lesson are very helpful and add a different format for the students to review the lessons.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

I can't narrow it down to one. Every year has something special. Each group of students brings their own strengths and weaknesses to the class. Helping them to work with their own strengths and through their weaknesses is what I feel makes the children grow the most. They can then become more productive in their education career and hopefully make them better citizens in the process. 

Teacher Feature - Darius Todd

Darius Todd is a high school science teacher at Sapulpa Junior High School in Sapulpa, OK. Not only has he attended our workshops in the past, but he is also one of our Core Science Master Teachers! Thank you, Darius, for your support of the OERB education programs!

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

Dallas, TX native, Darius moved to Oklahoma to major in Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Darius met his wife, DeShawna. DeShawna was adamant about staying in Oklahoma, so they settled in Oklahoma City. Darius worked in sales in various locations all over Oklahoma.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

In the midst of a successful career, Darius felt unfulfilled. Darius has always had a passion for helping children and so he started the process in 2012 to become an alternatively certified teacher. 

Where did you attend college?

The University of Oklahoma

How many years have you been teaching?

Darius just completed his 6th year of teaching.

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

Darius is currently teaching Physical Science to High School freshmen. 

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

Darius is a basketball fanatic, who plays and coaches at his local YMCA. He also enjoys reading science fiction. 

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

My favorite part of the curriculum is the Lab Time with Leo videos. They explain the concepts in a way my students can understand. 

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

My students love the distillation lab. It's science they can see, touch, and smell. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

My favorite part of OERB HomeRoom is the section for Petro Pros. My students really like meeting professionals in the STEM field. 

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

I had a student 3 years ago who have low self esteem, a speech impediment, deficient math skills. This student had been told that school was not for him and that he would likely not graduate. In addition, he missed school frequently. It was not until he would stay after school making up labs, that he would light up and share with others. I mentored this student and tried to make myself a safe place for him. Last may, this studetns graduated high school with a certification for internet security. When I congratulated him on his achievements and all of his hard work, he responded that I inspired him and saved his life. That day sustains me after trying weeks. 

Teacher Feature - Brittany Munday

Brittany Munday is a fourth grade teacher at Cushing Upper Elementary in Cushing, OK. Not only has she attended four workshops since 2013workshop,  but she has also participated in our field trip program. Thank you, Brittany, 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 in Ponca City, Oklahoma but grew up in Neosho, Missouri. I moved back to Oklahoma to attend college. I currently live and teach in Cushing, Oklahoma. I actually did my student teaching in Cushing. I fell in love with the community and people. Once I graduated college, I worked at the prison in Cushing until a teachinig position opened. A year later, I was teaching at the school that I student-taught at. My principal called me at the prison to offer me a first grade position.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

When I first started college, I wanted to be a psychologist. Several members of my family are teachers; my mom, grandpa, aunt and uncle, list goes on. I decided to switch my major to elementary education. I love working with kids, as most teachers do. My favorite part of teaching is making connections and building relationships with my students.

Where did you attend college?

Northern Oklahoma College and Oklahoma State University (GO POKES!)

How many years have you been teaching?

This is my sixth year teaching. I have taught first, second, and fourth grade.

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

I currently teach fourth grade science, social studies, math, and ELA.

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

I have three boys ages 6 months, 5 years old, and 12 years old. When I'm not lesson planning or grading, I'm with my boys outside, at the ball fields, etc. I do love to read and pamper myself when there is time. I enjoy traveling with my family. Any time we go to a new state, we stop at the state capital so I can take a picture for my students. We usually find a historical landmark to stop at, as well. 

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

This is a hard question! The hands-on curriculum is wonderful. All materials are provided which is perfect when funds are limited. Each lesson is so engaging and interactive. My students were able to comprehend and retain the information and repeat the lesson back to their families more so with the OERB curriculum than any other science curriculum I've used. They were excited for each lesson and we had wonderful conversations around the lessons. I also love the field trips that are included. This has given my students the opportunity to see and travel to places they normally wouldn't get to go.

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

There is a three-way tie between Rock Detectives, Thirsty Rocks, and Petro Pete Visits Viscosity. All three require team participation. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

My favorite part is the Lab Time with Leo videos. I would show these at the end of our lessons and experiments. I also like that there are curriculum resources readily available. 

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

One of my favorite moments was during asn OERB science lesson (Thirsty Rocks). The lesson was over but as I walked around the classroom cleaning up, I overheard groups of students talking about how much they enjoyed they enjoyed the lesson. They were using content-based vocabulary words, comparing porous things and discussion why or why not an item was porous. They had no idea I was listening. 

Any additional information you want to share with us?

OERB has gone above and beyond with this curriculum. I have gone to Little Bits, Fossils to Fuels, and Fossils to Fuels 2 workshops. The master teachers were amazing. 

Teacher Feature - Richelle Krumsiek

Richelle Krumsiek is a teacher at Tulsa Tech at Lemley Memorial Campus in Tulsa, OK. Not only has she attended a workshop, but she is also one of our wonderful Master Teachers! Thank you, Richelle, 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?

Graduated from Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Oklahoma and taught math in Broken Arrow, Coweta and Claremore. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

From a young age, I always played school and wanted to be a teacher. Hard to explain what it was that sparked my interest. It's just my gift. I wanted to be a positive influence in high school age students, so I went to college to study psychology and become a high school counselor. I did not enjoy the classes, so I switched to math because my roommate was a math major. I thought I would study math until it got too difficult and then I would know what I really wanted to do. I'm so glad it never was too difficult because it really is my calling and I now have my dream job. 

Where did you attend college?

Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Northeastern State University.

Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in Occupational Education from OSU.

How many years have you been teaching?

25

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

12th grade - Engineering Design & Development 

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

I love reading, sewing, dancing and spending time with family and friends. 

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

My favorite part of the OERB curriculum is the real world connection it makes for the students. They enjoy learning the concepts from the OERB lessons. I teach the same concepts from the textbook, but the students don't make the connections as well as they do within the context of the oil and gas industry.

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

I teach each lesson to a different level of students so this doesn't really apply to me.

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

My favorite part of OERB HomeRoom is the ask a Petro Pro section. My students have questions that I can't answer, so we ask a Petro Pro. It takes the pressure off of me to know everything and the studetns enjoy hearing from an industry person.

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

My favorite moments are when students write a personal note thanking me for my contribution to their life and learning. It's what I signed up for. I have found I have more of an impact on students being a teacher than I would have should I have become a counselor. God sure knows what He is doing! 

Teacher Feature - Anita Hawkins

Anita Hawkins is a teacher at Rose Witcher Elementary in El Reno. Not only has she attended a 8 workshops in the past 16 years, but she has also utilized our field trip and Petro Pros programs for her students. Thank you, Anita, 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 have been involved with OERB since 2004 and have attended 8 workshops and several teacher retreats. 

I've always lived in Oklahoma. I was raised in a little town called Wheatland, it's just west of Will Rodgers World Airport. There I was exposed to country life and working with animals. I went to a little school that was only one classroom per grade, kindergarten thru sixth grade. I've always loved country living so I bought acreage in El Reno and live there with my son.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I have always loved learning and have had many encouraging teachers along the way. I have always wanted to be a teacher from an early age. 

Where did you attend college?

I went to the University of Central Oklahoma and got a Bachelors in Business Administration and my teaching certificate in Elementary Education. I also got my Masters in Early Childhood Education. 

How many years have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 20 years.

What grades and subjects are you currently teaching?

I started teaching three and four year olds in Oklahoma City. I then applied and was hired to teach first grade in El Reno, I've been teaching first grade there ever since. 

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

I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, traveling, and enjoying time with all my many animals!

What is your favorite part of the OERB curriculum?

My favorite part of OERB curriculum is how easy the curriculum is to implement in my classroom, everything I need is right there! 

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

My students favorite lesson is the paper they make of the layers of the earth the well has to drill through. 

What is your favorite part about OERB HomeRoom?

My favorite part is having a place to get everything I need for lessons such as forms and videos!

Share a favorite moment during your teaching career?

A favorite moment would be how engaged and excited the students are while we are doing the OERB curriculum. 



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