Felts Announces Retirement
President Becky Felts has announced her retirement from the Oklahoma Education Association effective April 1 due to health reasons.
She has spent almost her entire professional career working for the Association in some capacity, rising from a building-level volunteer to become the top governing official of the state’s largest education employee association. It was her dream to serve as president of the organization she loved dearly and to which she dedicated her time, talent and boundless energy.
“Becky gave everything she had to the OEA. She has always been an incredible champion for public education, students and education employees,” said Vice President Linda Hampton. “Her leadership and her enthusiasm will be greatly missed.”
Felts was elected president in 2009 after serving six years as vice president. She also served the OEA as an NEA Director, representing the Association on the NEA Board of Directors. During her teaching career, she served on the OEA Board of Directors and on various statewide committees. Locally, she was president of the Tahlequah Education Association and in a variety of other roles, all for the love of the Association.
Felts began her career in the classroom at Peggs, Okla., a small rural school in northern Cherokee County, before moving to the Tahlequah Public School District. She taught elementary school in Cherokee County for 27 years and was recognized as Cherokee County Teacher of the Year and Tahlequah’s Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year.
She has 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, Felts 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.
Hampton will move into the presidency on April 1 and fulfill the remainder of Felts’ term, which ends in July 2012.
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