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 25th year teaching English/Language Arts. Before beginning my official career, I substituted two years filling in for two English teachers. One was on sick leave and the other on maternity leave. I taught at Savanna High School for seven years and Puterbaugh Middle School for two. Prior to coming to Haywood, I taught junior and senior English at McAlester High School.
I also sponsored and coached pom while at MHS.
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 42 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 we/they were very involved with all kinds of school activities.
Seven 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 goose and ducks (there ended my quiet country life) - and a garden.
I enjoy traveling!! I've been fortunate and have had the opportunity to travel to other countries leading education tours with many students. My husband and I love taking trips to historic places.
I also am always doing DIY projects. We have a nice vegetable garden. I like to read and go for walks.
More than anything else, I love spending time with my family and playing with my grandkids!