Becky Felts – A True Champion for Education

Former OEA President Becky Felts passed away this morning (April 22) after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

“We are all very sad with the loss of Becky Felts, but we will always be inspired by the dedication and love she had for teachers, support professionals, students and public education,” said Linda Hampton, OEA president. “Becky dedicated her professional life to speaking out for public education. She believed all children have greatness inside of them and that teachers are the professionals who bring that greatness to light.”

Becky was as passionate about her professional association as she was about education. In addition to serving as OEA’s 95th president, she served as an NEA Director, on the OEA Board of Directors and on various statewide committees. She accepted many leadership roles for her local, the Tahlequah Education Association, including the office of president.

Becky began her career in the classroom at Peggs, Okla., a small rural school in northern Cherokee County, before moving to Tahlequah Public Schools. She taught elementary school for 27 years and was recognized as Cherokee County Teacher of the Year and Tahlequah’s Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year.

She taught various subjects and grade levels, including transitional first grade, Title I remedial reading and math, and fourth grade math and science.

In addition to her work for the OEA, Becky served two years as a commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation following an appointment by then-Speaker of the House Larry Adair. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization for women educators.

“Becky was a tremendous leader who inspired all of our members,” Hampton said. “Her legacy will live with us forever.”

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