7th-8th Grade Reading/English
I have lived my enire life in McAlester attending William Gay Elementary School (when we had neighborhood schools), Parker Middle School, and graduating from MHS in 1980. When my children started school, I went back to college graduating from Eastern with an Associate’s in English in the early 1990s. I then attended East Central University and recieved my Bachelor’s and a few years later my Master’s. This will be my 22nd year teaching English/Language Arts. I substituted two years before beginning my career. I have taught at Savanna High School and Puterbaugh Middle School, but the past twelve years I taught junior and senior English at McAlester High School.
Over the years, I have attended numerous professional development workshops, but I am most proud of being a two time recipient and fellow of the Fund for Teachers Grant in 2012 and 2015 which allowed me to study English/Language Arts in various places the United States and Great Britain.
This is my first year with Haywood, and I am very excited about this opporutnity! I will be teaching 7th and 8th English/Language Arts.
I began my formal career in 1997 at Savanna High School. I was there seven years before teaching two years at Puterbaugh Middle School (where I happened to have completed my practice teaching.) An opening came up at McAlester High School, so I changed campuses and taught there twelve years before coming to Haywood.
I have been married to Wade Oss for 40 years. We have three grown children, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren. Jason; Christen and Mark Clark and Sylvia; and Hannah and Anthony Duff and Aorion. Myself, my husband, and my children all attended McAlester Public Schools where they were very involved with all kinds of school activities.
Six years ago, we moved to Arpelar as we had always wanted to live “out in the country.” We have a few acres and are remodeling an older home. We love the peace and quiet – and I have chickens – and a garden.
I enjoy traveling!! I like DIY projects and gardening. I like to read and go for walks. More than anything else, I love spending time with my family and playing with my grandkids!