Tipton Joins Division of Teacher Education

Phyllis Tipton recently joined OBU's Division of Teacher Education as instructor of education.

Tipton earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is certified in elementary education and early childhood education, and she has extensive training in the Literacy First process.

She recently worked as director of the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs at The Goddard School in Edmond, Okla. She also served as director of the before- and after-school program and was responsible for new teacher training. She previously served as a Kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School.

From 2003-06, she served as director of the after-school program for Shawnee Public Schools, supervising 15 staff members and organizing tutoring for 75 students. She previously served as a literary resource specialist for the schools, administering assessments to all first- and second-grade students in phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling.

She taught at OBU from 2001-03 in courses ranging from reading methods and reading assessment to language arts/children's literature. She taught first grade in Shawnee Public Schools from 1990-2000; Kindergarten for Davenport (Okla.) Public Schools from 1979-90; second grade for North Enid (Okla.) Public Schools from 1976-79; second grade music for Chandler (Okla.) Public Schools from 1974-76; and second grade at Davenport from 1972-74.

Her honors include Will Rogers Teacher of the Year, Shawnee School District Teacher of the Year, state finalist for Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year and Masonic Teacher of Today. She has been recognized for her education involvement by the Oklahoma State Legislature.

Tipton has served in several special assignments related to education on the state and district levels, including State Superintendent Advisory Council from 1996-2000 and the National Board Certification Selection Committee in 1998.