EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of profiles of candidates running for Deer Creek Board of Education.
Jerrod Roberts is one of three candidates running for Deer Creek Board of Education Ward No. 3. The other two candidates are Keri Shipley and Timothy Laubach. They will be on the Feb. 12 ballot.
Roberts said there is no better investment in a life than children.
“Deer Creek school system is a very important part of our family’s life,” Roberts said. He and his wife Drenda have three children.
“Our oldest is Elise, who graduated from Deer Creek in 2010 and is currently attending nursing school at the Stillwater campus of Northern Oklahoma College,” Roberts said. “Lauren is our middle daughter. She is a senior this year and very active in the music department and FCA at Deer Creek High School. She also serves in many capacities at Crossings Community Church. Our youngest, Will, is in the sixth grade at the Deer Creek Intermediate School and is involved in the Deer Creek Optimist Club’s basketball program.”
Roberts said he wants to be a stronger influence in the Deer Creek school system and help offer all the students opportunities to excel in their passion, whatever that may be. He believes it is everyone’s responsibility to build an environment where students can succeed in many areas of the educational experience.
Roberts said the two decades of business development and ownership helps provide insight into making the tough decisions and analyzing the data associated. He is registered as a Doctor of Pharmacy in the state of Oklahoma and owns his own business in north Oklahoma City.
“I founded a growing business that now employees nearly 30 people and am currently in the process of building a new facility to house this business. This experience can prove invaluable in the massive amount of construction Deer Creek is experiencing,” Roberts said.
“I have fund-raised, coached, supported and volunteered, but I have also balanced a budget, managed people and successfully navigated tough issues that demanded tough and fair decisions.
“All of this has equipped me with the experience to do what it’s in my heart to do: Identify and remove any roadblocks that might hinder our school system from realizing its full potential for the young people it serves and provide educators, parents and administrators the tools to help every child succeed.”
Roberts said one of the inherent challenges of the Deer Creek school district is managing the growth of students over the past several years.
“Deer Creek has been very progressive at expanding our facilities to meet the demands of this growth,” he said. “While doing this, they have also maintained the demand for excellence of our education and athletic programs.”
Roberts identified several areas of focus when looking at educating children.
“In an ever-changing world, we must place a continual focus on safety,” Roberts said. “ With the tragic events that we have witnessed in the past few years, in the schools and other public venues, we must do all we can to protect the safety and innocence of our children.
He said a second spoke and the cornerstone of education is academics.
“We should strive for nothing less than academic excellence at all levels of learning. Inclusion is another area of focus that many times is overlooked in the pursuit of excellence,” Roberts said. “Children are gifted and talented in many different ways, and we need to be intentional about developing young talent in whatever form it takes. Athletics is an important part of many students’ lives. Deer Creek has developed some of the best resources, coaches and facilities in the state. We must be diligent to ensure each young athlete has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in whatever sport that may be.
“The Fine Arts is another focus we need to remain diligent at developing. When budgets get slashed, many times the arts and humanities programs suffer. Our students have demonstrated a growing interest in the fine arts and we need to do what we can to foster this interest.”
Roberts said a board member must have all the information to determine the best answer.
“When looking at how our district has funded the projects/areas of our education system, I am confident with the current board that they have made the best decisions with the information and experience they have,” Roberts said. “Being a good steward of the money the residents of our district entrust us will have to be a constant focus.”
Roberts said being a board member should be viewed as a role of servanthood.
“Our purpose is to serve the district and the students we represent. Our role is the help the education staff continue to develop their skills and have the resources needed to achieve excellence in every area of education experience,” Roberts said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of profiles of candidates running for Deer Creek Board of Education.
Deer Creek official says state ‘testing results could be flawed’
Deer Creek Public School District official Cindy Koss voiced concerns that testing results may be flawed due to circumstances surrounding the testing process that took place in April and May.
In early May Edmond School District Superintendent David Goin addressed similar concerns in a letter to the Edmond-area legislative delegation.
Koss, chief academic officer for the Deer Creek District, reported to the Deer Creek board members there were invalidations and screen lock-up delays resulting in tests having to be retaken.
UCO instructors recognized as top Oklahoma professors
StateStats.org, in conjunction with partner website OnlineSchoolsOklahoma.com, recently recognized several University of Central Oklahoma instructors as top professors in Oklahoma.
Each year StateStats.org sets out to find post-secondary educators who had been recognized recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
The recipients recognized as top professors, followed by profession, are as follows:
ACM@UCO opens registration for youth summer rock camp for ages 10-16
The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently opened registration for ACM@UCO’s annual summer rock camp.
The summer rock camp will be from 1–4 p.m. July 22–26 on the fourth floor of the ACM@UCO building in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City.
UCO student earns national scholarship to study in South Korea for 1 semester
For University of Central Oklahoma student Taylor Egger, spending a semester in South Korea this upcoming academic year will be more than just studying abroad — it will complete a longtime dream.
The sophomore international business major is the recipient of the highly competitive national Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.
OCU Hebrew students to study Dead Sea Scrolls
Students in a Biblical Hebrew class at Oklahoma City University will get a chance to study one of the Dead Sea Scrolls during the fall 2013 semester.
Religion professor Lisa Wolfe’s class, Readings in Biblical Hebrew, will participate in the project that is part of the Green Scholars Initiative, a program associated with the massive collection of biblical manuscripts and related artifacts that have recently been acquired by the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby.
UCO awards leadership scholarships to local students
The University of Central Oklahoma recently awarded the President’s Leadership Scholarship and the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Scholarship to multiple Edmond residents recognizing their demonstrated talent and distinguished achievement in leadership, citizenship, service and communication.
President’s Leadership Scholarship recipients include Bishop McGuinness High School graduate Sheyla Rabei and Edmond Memorial High School graduate Lexi Banister.
UCO College of Fine Arts, Design awards scholarships
The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design recently awarded two scholarships to Edmond resident Ben Campbell for the 2013-14 academic year.
Campbell, a Music Business major at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), received the Don Betz Leadership in Arts Award and the Freda J. Cross Endowed Scholarship.
“We are proud of our students. These scholarships show our pride and support for excellence in academics, leadership and performance,” said John Clinton, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design.
“We believe in our students and our program and aim to help them achieve success in all areas of life.”
CFAD is a center for excellence for the fine and performing arts, as well as a center of innovation for improving and promoting arts education. The mission of the college is to prepare creative leaders and professionals in the fine arts, education and design.
Local students graduate from Rice
ECU lists honor roll students
Outstanding academic work during the 2013 spring semester has earned listings on the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll for students at East Central University in Ada.
The President’s Honor Roll is reserved for students who earned A’s in all their courses for a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Edmond’s Gina Ann Mengwasser, physical education (teacher certification) was listed on the President’s Honor Roll.
The Deans’ Honor Roll lists students who have at least a 3.33 grade point average with no grade lower than a C. At least 12 credit hours must be completed successfully during the semester to be included on either honor roll. The following Edmond students are on the Dean’s Honor Roll: Sabina Koirala, nursing; Brandon Ray Nicholson, business administration; David Gregory Traxler, cartography (geotechnique); and Rachel Marie Watson, biology.
Food Bank gives free summer meals for children
For thousands of children, the end of school means three long months of wondering whether or not they will have enough food to eat. Fortunately, children 18 and under can get a nutritious lunch, and/or snack through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding program at selected sites from June 3 through July 27.
“One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “No child should have to worry where their next meal will come from. This program ensures that children will receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school meals are not available.”
Meals will be provided to all children age 18 and younger, without charge. The Regional Food Bank will provide free summer meals at the following sites and times in the Edmond area:
Cancer Center welcomes 8 summer research scholars
Two students with Edmond connections are among eight college students who will spend their summer working alongside researchers at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as part of the Summer Research Scholars Program.
Crista Riggs is an Edmond resident and a student at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and Max Lyon, from Oklahoma City and a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, will be joining six other students as they work at the cancer center.
The program is in its fourth year at the cancer center, and it affords students the opportunity to work under the mentorship of senior cancer scientists. The aim is to heighten students’ interest and better prepare them for careers in cancer research and medicine.
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