Oklahoma Education Association members have elected a new president and vice president. Tahlequah teacher Becky Felts will take office as president next month and Linda Hampton, a teacher from Pleasant Grove, will become vice president.
Felts, a native of Tahlequah, started teaching in Peggs before moving to the Tahlequah School District. She is a past Cherokee County Teacher of the Year and has taught in the county for 27 years. She also served on the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation for two years. Hampton has taught in elementary school for 34 years at Pleasant Grove and was the Pleasant Grove Teacher of the Year and Seminole County Teacher of the Year. She also served on the National Education Association Board of Directors for six years. Each will serve three-year terms with the OEA before having the option to run for election to second terms.