The Edmond Sun

May 1, 2013

State Board of Education member resigns to pursue potential campaign

Special to The Sun

TULSA — Joy Hofmeister, a member of the State Board of Education, recently announced her resignation from the board to pursue a potential statewide race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to have served on the board and to have helped implement so many critical education reforms,” Hofmeister said. “I remain very committed to improving the education environment in Oklahoma, and I look forward to exploring other ways to make our education system better for students and families.”

Hofmeister said she is considering a run for the very position she oversaw as a board member.

“I am very passionate about advocating for meaningful reform with successful implementation for Oklahoma’s education system, which is leading me to strongly consider seeking the position of state superintendent,” Hofmeister said.

Hofmeister was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve on the State Board of Education in January 2012. A former public school teacher, Hofmeister is president of a company that owns and operates Kumon Math and Reading Centers, a local franchise of the international firm that provides academic enrichment in math and reading to children in 47 countries.  

Hofmeister graduated from Eastwood High School in Tulsa. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Texas Christian University, as well as teaching certificates in English and elementary education. She serves on the board of directors for the Jenks Public Schools Foundation, Select Committee for Study of School Finance and has served on curriculum adoption committees at the district level and curriculum advisory committees for Kumon North America.

Hofmeister and her husband, Gerald Hofmeister, have four children; a recent university graduate, two in college and one in high school.