Meet & Greet

Here are some things about me.  Leave a comment to tell me about yourself.

After 44 years of answering God's call on my life to teach, I retired. With a year's rest and rejuvenation, I came back for the 2016 school year as the reading specialist at the same school from which I retired. 

Nothing is more rewarding than teaching!  I began teaching first grade in the same room in which I was a first grader in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I've taught elementary grades K-5th and a high school reading lab. For 12 years I was a full time professor at Oral Roberts University where I taught undergraduate teacher education courses. At that point I felt I had been out of the public school classroom so long I wasn't bringing my undergrad students current insight.  So I  returned to the elementary world where I've been since then.  I did have the privilege for three spring semesters of teaching  an evening course of Children's Literature at ORU.

My certifications include elementary teacher, reading specialist K-12, and elementary principal.  I achieved National Board Certification in literacy. Additionally, I have lifetime certification in Missouri, where I taught kindergarten for a year. In spring 2011 I was blessed to be selected as Coweta's district Teacher of the Year.  That July I was named one of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.  Another great honor was to be named the Oklahoma Learning Disabilities Association's nominee for the national Sam Kirk award and was one of three national finalists in 2012.  In 2013 I received the Oklahoma Medal of Excellence in Elementary Teaching.

 I enjoy spending time with my family, including my grandson, Jackson. Scrapbooking, reading, writing poetry and stories for children, gardening, and various kinds of crafts are hobbies I pursue.  Forest Ridge Baptist Church is where I worship, teach a Sunday school class for 1st - 3rd graders and VBS, and sing in the choir.

In my free time I also teach classes about health and wellness and Young Living essential oils.   I've reached the age when the warranty on my body has run out, but I don't want to be the little old lady who goes about with a satchel full of pharmaceuticals when she travels.  Now that I've discovered the purity and natural properties of Young Living essential oils, I can stay healthy in the manner God intended when He created Earth. 

Don't forget to leave me a comment about yourself and tell me where you live!


  1. My name is Crystal K. I am a mother to four beautiful and fun children. I work full time as an air traffic controller at RL Jones Jr Airport. I started my carreer in the military when I was 17 years old. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I am very involved with my church at FBC Coweta. I have taught 4-6 year olds for the past few years. I enjoy scrapbooking and traveling.

  2. My name is Jannike Johnsen, and I am originally from Norway, but have spent most of my life in the United States.I have been a singl mom to 2 wonderful children, who are now grown and on their own. I have a BS degree in Nursing, because I thought it was a good field to be in as a single mother, due to the stability of nursing jobs. But the job was kind of scary, because if you make a mistake, people can die. Since I make mistakes all the time, I decided the profession was not for me. While I was figuring out what I was going to do, I took a job as a paraprofessional in a Special Education classroom and fell in love. I pursued a master's in SPEd and have not looked back. I have been teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities for the last 5 years but will be starting a brand new Autism program in my middle school in the fall. I started a blog to journal about this experience. In my free time I love hiking with my 3 dogs, reading,traveling, playing the ukulele and the mountain dulcimer, and weaving on my rigid heddle. Life is grand!

  3. What a wonderfully-diverse background you have, Jannike! I, too, have a dulcimer, but certainly not a rigid heddle. I'm assuming it's a type of loom.?. Best wishes on your new class next year.


  4. Dr never mentioned you have a dulcimer...I can only assume you play it?