CINDY JOLLEY: A former media specialist at the Owasso Eighth Grade Center, Jolley has been named executive director of the Owasso Education Foundation (OEF).
Former Owasso educator Cindy Jolley has been named executive director of the Owasso Education Foundation (OEF).
With the growth of OEF over the past two years, the hiring of a staff member to help with daily operations is necessary, says OEF Board of Trustees President Stephanie Horne. “Cindy brings a knowledge of the education climate, and she is a great ‘people person.’”
Jolley is a recent retiree of Owasso Public Schools; she was employed 32 years as a classroom teacher, library media specialist and district media coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northeastern State University and a master’s in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma.
“With the current financial situation of Oklahoma public schools, local education foundations have become vital resources for teachers,” says Jolley. “I have . . . watched students benefit from the educational experiences made possible by the financial support of generous donors through the Teacher Grant Program.
“I am honored and excited to have been given the opportunity to work with such an outstanding organization as our own Owasso Education Foundation and the many supportive donors in the Owasso community. It will be a great pleasure to be a part of providing Owasso teachers with funding for a variety of creative projects throughout the school year.”
The mission of OEF is to support and encourage excellence in Owasso Public Schools by providing education funding to teachers for otherwise unfunded classroom projects. During the 2015-2016 school year, $94,763 was awarded to Owasso teachers. Since OEF’s inception in 1990, the organization has awarded more than $500,000.