Ronnie Miller...MHS Teacher Spotlight
Ronnie Miller graduated from Milburn High School in 1992. He graduated from Murray State College in 1994 and East Central University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He taught one year at Wynnewood High School and will finish 19 years at Madill High School this year.
He is married to Amy Miller who is a 4th grade teacher at Madill Elementary School. He has two daughters, Reagan Miller and Addyson Miller, both students at Madill Public Schools. He enjoys time golfing with friends and family, hiking and other outdoor activities with his family.
He still believes in the importance of public education, not only to allow students to obtain knowledge but also to help them obtain the skills needed to be productive citizens in today’s world. He thinks that students should accept and seek ways to challenge themselves. It is the challenges in life that allow growth and happiness.
Mike Matlack...MHS Teacher Spotlight
I’m Coach Matlack and I graduated from Madill High School in 1993. I then went to Southeastern and then received my bachelor’s degree in 1998. I am getting married in March to Amy Robbins. Together we have four kids, Nash 15, Cassidy 13, Cash “Money” 11, and Ajae 1. My hobbies revolve around my kiddos whether it’s enjoying watching them play sports, ranger riding, hunting and fishing, or just spending time together at home. I love my job. I wake up every morning knowing I can make positive impacts on kids here at Madill. #greatdaytobeawildcat
Lori Hartin...MHS Spotlight Teacher
-Graduate of Broken Bow High School, 2001, Broken Bow, OK
-Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies Education, 2006, Northeastern State University
-I will graduate from OU in May 2017 with a Master’s degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
I have taught in Oklahoma public schools for 11 years. I am certified to teach History, English (5-12), and Speech (PK-12). I currently serve on the State Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council and the Regional Stakeholders TLE committee for the SDE.
Family: My husband, Brad, and I have been married since 2008. We have two children, Grace, a fifth grader and Claire, a second grader at Madill Elementary School. We have a ranch outside of town and we love to go four-wheeling and fishing in the summer as a family. During the school year, both of my girls show calves and are actively involved in dance classes at Axis Dance in Durant.
Hobbies/Interests: I love to read, although I spend most of the school year reading student papers, speech scripts, and textbooks for my master's classes. Last summer I read Ron Chernow's Hamilton biography, which was excellent. I love to sing and I get the opportunity to do so with FBC Madill's praise and worship band. I enjoy cooking and gardening, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.
Philosophy of Education: I teach because I make a difference in the lives of students every day. I teach because the very best people I know are teachers. I teach because I love my children and the learning process. I teach because this career is not about money, fame, or privilege: it’s about people. I teach because I give students love, hope, and the tools for a successful future every day. I teach because teachers of the past, present, and future inspire me. I teach because I have always been at heart, a teacher.
I did not attend Madill Public School as a student, but I do feel like so many others that Madill is my school, my home, and my community. I think that we have the best students here at Madill; I love being able to spend every day doing what I love to do in a place that feels like home and with people that feel like family.
Kim Hoppers...MHS Spotlight Teacher
I grew up in Madill, graduated from Madill High School in 1998, and received a valedictory scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University. I earned a bachelor’s degree from OSU and taught one year at Stillwater Junior High before returning home to teach in my home town for the last 13 years. I also coached cheerleading for nine years.
Both my parents are retired from education careers. My mom was my science teacher for three of my four high school science classes and taught a total of 31 years. My dad was an Ag teacher for several years, then taught computers, and then became the middle school principal just as I became a middle schooler. He then went on to become the Superintendent of Madill Schools for many years before retiring. My sister also teaches at Dickson High School. Needless to say, teaching has become a family tradition.
I enjoy working on new crochet projects year round and lounging by the pool in the summer time.
Shawn Runyan...MHS Spotlight Teacher
I graduated from Madill High School in 1996. I attended SOSU and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Wildlife Conservation. I went back to college in the fall of 2001 and got my immediate teacher placement program completed. I began teaching 6th grade science at Madill Middle School in 2002. I have a son JD who lives with his mother and attends Ada schools. My wife (Kristyn) and I live in Ravia with lots of animals, several dogs and cattle a horse and a bobcat (mako). In my spare time, I like to hunt, fish, shoot long range, play softball and basketball, and raise bucking bulls.
I am a product of those people that have selflessly chosen to invest into my life. Those are my family, friends, classmates and community members. My late parents demonstrated that every person is valuable. That is what I learned from them and my siblings. My family has long been involved in the field of education. I was fortunate to have attended Madill Schools and graduated MHS in 1991. One of the greatest joys I have stems from witnessing my now adult nephews and niece accomplish their dreams and goals in their expanding families.
Therefore, I want to demonstrate the principle that every student at MHS has value. I want the students to discover a purpose and relentlessly pursue that purpose in their life to make the world a better place. I appreciate what students do beyond the bell to represent our school in the myriad of school-related activities and arenas. I strive to highlight the students' worthy accomplishments in those areas. I have a passion for sports. I have an affinity for radio play-by-play announcers. My favorites are John Brooks and David Garrett. They influenced my life and career more than they know or understand.
I graduated from Murray State and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
P.S. as a kid I really thought posted highway mileage signs were football scores
Michelle Harper...MHS Spotlight Teacher
I graduated from Durant High School in 1993 and from Oklahoma State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education. My husband, Bart, also an agricultural education teacher, and I were married in 1997. We have 2 sons; Hayden, a 7th grader, and Jackson, a 2nd grader. Just like most moms, when I’m not working my interests revolve around my family. I enjoy our summer family road trips, and working on various projects at home.
My desire to be a teacher, specifically an “ag. teacher,” came early. My dad was an ag teacher, so from a young age I began to see myself in that role as well. Teaching Ag. gives me a unique opportunity to, not only increase the agricultural knowledge of young people, but to positively impact their futures through the leadership, citizenship and career development aspects of the FFA. However, becoming an ag. teacher was a bit of an uphill battle. I began my teaching career at Moore Public Schools in 1999, as 1 of only 3 female ag teachers in Oklahoma. In 2000, my husband and I were given the opportunity to teach together which we did for 11 years in Atoka and for the last 6 here at Madill High School.
My educational philosophy is simple; work hard and do the right thing for students. I believe that a diverse Ag. Ed. Program offers students more learning experiences that will help them succeed, whether college or workforce bound, than most people ever realize. Being a successful teacher is not an 8am to 3pm job, it is a lifestyle for my family as it is for any good teacher.
BJ Whitten...MHS Teacher Spotlight
Thankfully, I had the opportunity to have a handful of teachers who inspired me and I wanted to be like them. Not because they necessarily knew their content, but because they attempted to know me. I will never forget them and how they made me feel. I want my students to have that same relationship with me.
Each day I have the opportunity to learn something new and to influence a life. I assure you I have learned way more from my students than I have taught them!
I attended Idabel Gray High in Idabel, Oklahoma, and continued my education by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1979. I have not always been a teacher. Since graduation I have worn many hats. Administrative Assistant for the Director of Sales at the Burford Corporation, American Fidelity Investment Company, Hart, Rennie, McClain & Hart Law Firm, Secretary Bailiff for District Judge, Case Worker for Department of Human Services, Cheer Coach, LCC Secretary, Ms. J’s Assistant, Mom and Momma B to my grandchildren.
I have two sons and two stepsons who all graduated from Madill High School: Jordan Green, Joe Green, Wes Wlodarczyk, and Matt Wlodarczyk. Three grandchildren: Jace Green, Hannah Wlodarczyk and Kaz Wlodarczyk.
If I have any extra time . . . I like to read, cook and spend time with friends and family.
MHS Teacher Spotlight...Johnna Jenkins
Growing up in Durant, it was rare to see women in the workforce. My parents instilled the need for being able to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Continuing my education seemed the logical step. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant in 1992 and my Oklahoma Career and Technology Education degree from University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 1993.
My teaching career has included Durant in 1992 and Madill in 1993. In May 2017, I will have completed 24 years with MPS teaching Computer II and III. In years past, I also taught Computer IV and Accounting.
I am looking forward to retirement in 2018. Or, maybe even staying until 2019, if Ms. W. can convince me to stay longer.
I have lived in Madill since 1997. My family includes:
Heath, graduate of MHS in 1998 and is a 2002 graduate of Finance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. He married his wife Melissa in 2002. They live in Edmond and are owners of AMC Mortgage Company. They have three daughters: Brooklyn (12), Camryn (8), and Haydyn (6).
Brice, graduate of MHS in 2000 and is a 2004 graduate of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. He lives in Caddo and an Associate Realtor for Kingdom Reality in Durant. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.
My hobbies and interests include: my family activities, watching my granddaughters play sports, reading, watching good movies, playing Words with Friends and just relaxing.
In my position as Business and Computer Technology Instructor, I am fortunate to have all students that pass through the halls at MHS. I also sponsor BPA (Business Professionals of American). Many of my students have competed and won in state competition. The high lights of BPA are the NLC trips I’ve had the opportunity to take students. I’ve accompanied students to Washington, D.C., Chicago, Orlando and Dallas competing at the national level.
For my students I wish them success and hope I have instilled an ability to complete a project on time, improving their skills, and learning to use computers to benefit their education. I’m always asked if I watch “any” sports, my reply is “Yes! I watch all the MHS sports that I can.”
James A. Love
MHS Teacher Spotlight
1983: Bachelor of Science in Health & PE from Southeastern State University.
1977: Graduate of Ardmore High School
1979: Wrestled with the Central State University Broncos
1977: All State 115 lbs from Ardmore High School
2011: Inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
1997: All State Wrestling Coach
33 years Coaching experience.
To try and accept all students and to help them reach their full potential through teaching self confidence, increasing self esteem, and demonstrating the joy of learning.
To help athletes become the best they can. To teach knowledge of and respect for the sport. To demonstrate sportsmanship and ethics by example and to impart the joy of competition, win or lose.
I have been happily married to Elizabeth Love for 29 years. We share our house with 3 dogs and two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, and exercising.
I’m currently in my 5th year as the High School Wrestling Coach for the Madill Schools and I’m loving every minute of it.
Nicole Erwin...MHS Spotlight Teacher
I grew-up in Claremore, Oklahoma and graduated from Sequoyah-Claremore High School in 1997. I moved to Durant, Oklahoma the summer of 2002 to finish college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in the winter of 2004. I began teaching High School English at Madill in 2007. I have mainly taught Senior English, AP Literature and AP Language but have taught all other grades in the high school English Department. Since the summer of 2010, I have been invited by the College Board to travel to the AP Literature Essay Scoring which has been held in Louisville, Kentucky. I currently coach the freshmen and varsity cheer teams and for the first six years of my career at Madill High School coached the speech team. I have been married to BillyErwinfor twenty years and have two children, Colton, who graduated from Madill in 2015, and Brooklyn, who is currently a junior at Madill. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, working with my chickens, fishing and hunting with my husband, shopping with Brooklyn and my mom and spending time with family.
Sharon Boyd...MHS Teacher Spotlight
My name is Sharon Boyd and I have been a teacher at Madill for 16 years. My parents instilled responsibility and hard work into all of their children and encouraged us to be ourselves in all circumstances. As early as I can remember I loved school, my favorite subjects were mathematics, art, music, and reading, I find these subjects to be very interesting. I always thought that I would become a teacher but when I entered West Texas A&M University in Canyon Texas, I chose to major in Mathematics. I moved to Tishomingo my junior year and completed my degree at East Central University in Ada, Ok where I added Education as my second major. After graduation I was fortunate to get a teaching position at Madill High School where I work with a great group of teachers, administrators, and students. As a math teacher I meet many students who do not like math or say that they are not good at math. I tell them that everyone will not be great at math, it may not be their talent, but they can learn responsibility and problem solving skills that they can take with them into other classrooms and into the world to be successful in their many pursuits. When our students are successful in a small way that leads them to have the confidence to take the next steps needed to develop into a confident and successful adult. I try to find ways to keep my students moving forward so that they do not give up in the classroom. It is amazing what a student can accomplish when he/she take responsibility of their learning. I can think of no career that is more rewarding than teaching the worlds future leaders. I am number seven of ten children, seven girls and three boys: I am the only one who earned a degree from a University. I am the proud mother of two children, Barbara and Matthew. I have three grandsons and one more will be added to our family in February.
MHS Teacher Spotlight
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Art Studio
Alternative Certification in Art Education (although I took all of the education courses in college)
Family: Three amazing children: Cooper (10), Audrey (8), and Noah (5)
Hobbies/Interests: I love keeping myself busy with anything involving art, outdoors, dancing, sports, music, etc.
Teaching: I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an art teacher. I love the fact that I am able to give students the tools and knowledge they need to recognize art as a vital role in their everyday lives, and by doing so, enabling them to be creative and self-expressive, in and outside of the classroom. Students need to be able to explore and nourish their curiosity, and I feel lucky enough to have a career that allows me to help them achieve their goals. I am truly blessed to be part of the Wildcat family. I am fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, have amazing students, and be part of a community that is supportive of the arts. It's a Great Day to be a Wildcat!!
Wynne Stowers...MHS Teacher Spotlight
I am a 1978 graduate of Madill High. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southeastern OK State University in 1983 and my Master of Library & Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1989. I received my National Board Certification in Library Media/Early Childhood through Young Adult in 2003 and re-certified again in 2013.
In May of this year I will complete 30 years of teaching. I have been fortunate to have been the elementary library media specialist for 19 years, the middle school media specialist for seven and will complete my fourth years at high school level at the end of this school year.
My husband, Rick, and I have two children and three grandchildren. I enjoy reading, being outdoors and time with family.
In my position as Library Media Specialist, I believe it is the best place in the entire school because I have the privilege of working with all students and staff. My greatest joy in teaching is being able to see students grow and develop information skills, interests and hopefully encouraging an enthusiasm for reading. I have been fortunate in my career to work and collaborate with amazing teachers. My goal and desire is for all students to become life long-learners.
To quote a true Wildcat fan, my brother, “It’s (always) a great day to be a Wildcat!”
Wayne Jaggars...MHS Teacher Spotlight
Wayne Jaggars graduated from University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Education. Jaggars is celebrating his 34th year of teaching and 25th year of coaching. Jaggars teaches secondary math which includes all high school level mathematics courses from general mathematics to calculus. He has primarily coached football and track with a few years of power lifting, basketball and wrestling. Jaggars served as the State Power Lifting Meet Director for OFBCA for several years. His career has included tenure at McLoud, Holdenville, Madill, Grapevine, and Justin Northwest, Texas.
Jaggars is married to his lovely wife Traci who works with him at Madill Public Schools. They are the proud parents of three children Bailey Brooke, Ethan, and Gracie. Ethan is a freshman at Oklahoma State University and Gracie is a sophomore at Madill High School. Jaggars enjoys reading motivational leadership materials, cooking, and spending time with his family.
MHS Teacher Spotlight
Principal Joanna Tuck will be selecting an MHS teacher to spotlight throughout the year...
Michelle Bray has been a teacher at Madill Public Schools since 2001. She teaches U.S. History and Government to high school and concurrent high school students. She also is the Student Council sponsor, the Academic Team coach, and the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for the High School.
Ms. Bray received her Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 1996 and completed her teaching certification in Social Studies at Southeastern Oklahoma State in 1998. Ms. Bray became National Board Certified in Social Studies in 2007.
Michelle Bray has two children Miranda, a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States AirForce and Jay a Junior at Madill High School.
Ms. Bray believes in providing every child with a quality education and opportunity.
"Every child I have taught are etched on my heart and I love when I get to hear and see them succeed. Teaching is not a job it's a pleasure. It's a fantastic way to keep learning! I love that my knowledge continues to grow even as I am teaching my students to invest in their own education."
Ms. Bray's hobbies include playing golf and jogging when she has any free time. She loves to travel and trying new foods. " I am especially honored to be chosen for the Teacher Spotlight."