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Mrs. Tinney began her service to Professional Oklahoma Educators, then known as the Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators, in 1996 and established the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation in 1988. 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. She currently serves on the Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Task Force.
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 Bridge Creek Public 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.
As an Oklahoma native, Robert W. King has earned degrees from two Oklahoma universities. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Bob began his 27-year career in the oil and gas industry working for Cities Service Oil and Gas Company and Occidental Petroleum. Bob started out developing computer applications for the production engineering department.
While working at Cities Service, Bob earned an MBA from the University of Tulsa. He held various management positions in information technology ranging from exploration to accounting systems. He taught leadership skills to diverse segments of the company and also served on profit improvement teams.
Bob became a public school teacher in 2004 when he had the opportunity to teach math for two years in the inner-city of Miami, Florida, at Miami Central High School. Bob currently teaches at Norman North High School. He received National Board Certification in 2009 and was recognized by POE with the High School Educator Merit Award in 2011.
Bob and his wife Karen have two grown children. Bob is an active member of the Gideon’s International and, through his church, mentors and tutors Chinese men attending OU.
Bill Bentley served on the Board of Directors for Professional Oklahoma Educators from 1996 to 2010, when he joined the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Management from the University of Minnesota. He completed post masters work at the University of Minnesota, Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Bentley worked as an educator in Arizona and Oklahoma. He previously was employed as a teacher/coach; Junior High Principal; and High School Principal. Bill worked as a superintendent of schools for the last 15 years of his career in Oklahoma and retired as superintendent of Dibble Public Schools during July of 2008 after serving 8 years as their superintendent. Mr. Bentley has two sons and a daughter. His wife, daughter and son in-law currently are teachers in Dibble Public Schools.
Mr. Bentley is a graduate of the FBI Academy and the FBI National Academy. From 1971 through 1984 Bill was a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He worked in field divisions in California, Minnesota and New Jersey. In addition to being a Special Agent Criminal Investigator, he also taught police schools at State Training Academies. During his FBI tenure he served as a National Academy Counselor at the FBI Training Academy located in Quantico, Virginia.
Dr. Floyd L. Coppedge is currently on the staff of Partners for Christian Education International after serving 39 years in teaching and administration in secondary schools, colleges and universities and 8 years as the Secretary of Education for the state of Oklahoma. He retired from Oklahoma Christian University as Chair of the School of Education in May of 2007, a position which he had held a total of seven years on two occasions. Dr. Coppedge currently serves on the Foundation Board of the Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators.
Dr. Coppedge earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma majoring in mathematics and the doctorate from Oklahoma University majoring in secondary education and administration. He has served on the faculties of Kansas State University, Indiana University, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Christian University. In addition, Dr. Coppedge has had substantial experience as a high school teacher of mathematics and as a principal of middle and high schools in Oklahoma and Kansas. His scholarly works have been published in regional, state, and national journals as well as chapters in books and monographs.
Dr. Coppedge received the Faculty Leadership Award at Oklahoma Christian University in 2007 and was recognized by the same in 1996 with the Distinguished Service Medallion. He received the Hall of Fame, Administration Alumni Award, Northeastern State University, in 1997. While in college, he was elected to membership in Who's Who in American College and Universities.
In addition to his work in education, Dr. Coppedge has traveled to a number of other countries, thus broadening his understanding of other cultures and thereby improving his effectiveness as an educator. His work with Partners for Christian Education International is focused on its interest in providing support to individuals and groups desiring to provide Christian education whether in the home or in schools.
Dr. Sandy Johnson retired from her position as a professor of math at the University of Oklahoma in 2003 to serve as the CEO of Anautics, where she oversees the completion of projects concerning research, technology insertion, and reverse engineering for the Oklahoma City Air Logistic Center ( OC-ALC).
Dr. Johnson served in Common and Higher Education for 25 years. Her work has been published in state and national journals and presented nationally and internationally on Mathematics Education and Technologies in Education.
She currently serves on the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and on the Advisory Board for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Oklahoma City Rotary 29 and the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce. She is actively involved with the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the Mathematical Association of Americas and has been recognized for achievement by the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals.
Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, a B.S. in Mathematics Education, and a M. Ed. in Mathematics. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma with emphasis in Mathematics Education.