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Business Title:Executive Director
Mrs. Ginger Tinney began her service to Professional Oklahoma Educators, then known as the Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators, in 1989 and established the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation in 1998. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 1981. She received her Masters of
Education in administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 and is also certified as a principal and superintendent in Oklahoma.
Mrs. Tinney has a diverse background in education. She has taught in both elementary and secondary levels, in rural and urban areas, and in special education as well as in regular education. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she also drove a school bus and served as school sponsor for numerous school clubs and groups. Mrs. Tinney was selected by students to receive several "Teacher of the Month" awards.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Tinney was appointed by Governor Keating to serve on the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee, where she served from 1996 to 1998. In 2002, she was honored with the prestigious National Freedom Fighter Award from Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism (CEAFU), the education arm of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation in Washington, D.C. Then, in 2009, Mrs. Tinney was awarded the National Right to Work Carol Applegate Education Award.
In 2005, Mrs. Tinney co-wrote the Collaborative Communication Model as a replacement to antiquated collective bargaining methods. The model has since been implemented in several schools with great success. Collaborative Communications brings openness and accountability to the negotiating process and creates a forum for teachers, administrators and school board members to work together to better serve students.
Business Title:Byng Public Schools
Darryl has lived in Ada, OK most of his life. He attended public schools in the area and graduated from Byng Public Schools. He attended East Central University where he received a B.S. in Mass Communication. He later received his M.S. in Learning Disabilities and is certified in five areas including school principal/administrator.
Darryl was in retail for over 13 years with more than half of those years spent in a management role. He then received his teaching certificate in 1996 and taught at McAlester Public Schools for one year, followed by 13 years of teaching at Byng Public Schools.
While at Byng, he founded a POE local chapter. Starting with nine members in 1997, it has grown to over 40 members under his leadership. In 1999, Darryl was elected Vice President of POE. Then, in 2002, he was elected President and served two terms.
In 2009, Darryl became a director at Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada. He is married to Mary, who teaches at Homer Elementary School in Byng, and they have two children, Anna and Gage. His family is very active with the First Baptist Church of Ada.
Business Title:Oklahoma City Public Schools
Betty Minton has been an active Professional Okahoma Educators member since 1998. She served as State Vice President in 1998 and as President in 1999. Ms. Minton was among the charter members of the local organization in Anadarko and also served as first president of that group.
Ms. Minton currently serves as freshman principal at Westmoore High School in the Moore Public School District. Previously, she served as assistant principal at Oklahoma City's Southeast High School and as a language arts and social studies teacher as well as the Library Media Specialist at Anadarko Middle School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from USAO in 1984 and her Master’s degree from SWOSU in 1995. Ms. Minton also earned National Board certification in library media in 2002. She holds certification in language arts, social studies, library media, elementary principal, secondary principal, and superintendent.
Ms. Minton has attended and presented a number of workshops at the local, state, and national levels. She represented Oklahoma educators at the Research to Practice Summit hosted by former Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, in Washington, DC.
Ms. Minton also served on OBEC’s Education Policy Board and is an active member of the Southern Hill Baptist Church in Oklahoma City where she teaches Sunday school and sings in the choir.
Business Title:Holdenville Public Schools
Mrs. Sharon O’Donnell has taught 30 years in Oklahoma schools from kindergarten to third grade. She currently teachers computer classes to kindergarten through third grade and gifted and talented classes for first through third grade in Holdenville Public Schools. Mrs. O’Donnell is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also received a Master of Elementary Education degree from East Central University. Mrs. O’Donnell and her husband, David, also an educator, have two wonderful grown sons. As a Christian, Mrs. O’Donnell is proud to have been a member of a professional teachers' organization with traditional family values and beliefs. She has been a Professional Oklahoma Educators member since 1998.
Business Title:Superintendent, Elmore City-Pernell Public Schools
Jim Smith recently served as Superintendent of Elmore City-Pernell Public Schools. His career in school administration includes ten years as a principal and sixteen as a superintendent. Prior to his service with Elmore City-Pernell schools, Mr. Smith served as superintendent at Heavener, Clayton and Eagletown Public Schools.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education, both from Southeastern State University (Durant, OK). He completed his Superintendent's Certification through East Texas State University (Commerce, TX) in 1992.
Mr. Smith and his wife, DaVonna, who is also an educator, work as a team to provide quality professional development and communication training to educators, business professionals, and families. They have been married for over 40 years and have three daughters and a foster son.
Business Title:Miami Public Schools
Richard Turner is in his 22nd year of teaching. He has a BS and MS from Oklahoma State University. He has taught all levels including elementary, middle school, and high school. During his 22 years in education, he has been everything from a janitor, bus driver, teacher, special education teacher to special education director and elementary principal.
Business Title:North Rock Creek School
Esther Bell is a 4th grade teacher at North Rock Creek School north of Shawnee, OK. She has taught for 17 years. She worked as a Title VII assistant for four years before becoming a classroom teacher. She has served as president and treasurer of North Rock Creek Professional Oklahoma Educators. Ms. Bell was POE state president for two terms from 2009-2011. In 2010, she was appointed by President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee as a member of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education. The Council makes recommendations to the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction on educational matters affecting the education of Native American students.