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Career and commitment are one in the same for Carol Perry.

August marked 30 years as an educator for Oklahoman Carol Perry. December will mark 21 years she has served in the Navy Reserve.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 20, 2013

Career and commitment are one and the same for Carol Perry.

However, within those comes a difference, reality and wishes — and both of those pertain to children.

August marked 30 years as an educator for Perry. December will mark 21 years she has served in the Navy Reserve. In both cases, she has come in contact with children, of this nation and others. And in both cases they worked their way to the 55-year-old's heart.

Perry, now principal at Rancho Village Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools and a senior chief in the Navy Reserve, was asked what it is about children that have landed them in her heart.

“The reality that I can only do so much,” Perry said.

“I wish I could give each child the sense of security that all is going to be good in their world. What I can provide them with is the assurance that I love them and I will always have a hug for them when they need it.”

Battling for students

In education, Perry started her career in Cleveland, OK, spent six years in Sand Springs, six years in Tulsa and 10 years in Bixby.

The past six years she has been with Oklahoma City public schools.

In the military, she has been deployed three times, to Iraq, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.

“During my last deployment, I was the education liaison between the director of education of Farah province (Afghanistan), his schools, and the U.S.,” Perry said. “I spent my deployment interacting with the administrators, teachers and students of Farah province.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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