FORMER LAWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT BARBARA ELLIS RECEIVES 2021 OASA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
FORMER LAWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT BARBARA ELLIS RECEIVES
2021 OASA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LAWTON, OKLA. (June 17, 2021) – The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA) has named Barbara Ellis, Assistant Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools, as a 2021 OASA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. She was recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Summer Leadership Conference on June 9, 2021, along with two other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious OASA award and honors the commitment to the highest ideals of Oklahoma education. Those honored have demonstrated professional and ethical leadership throughout their careers. Awardees are selected by a committee appointed by the OASA Board of Directors.
“Barbara Ellis spent her entire career in Lawton Public Schools serving as a classroom teacher, counselor, and administrator. She is recognized for pioneering best practices in middle school curriculum and design and for leaving a legacy of serving as a role model for girls, women, and minorities.” said Dr. Pam Deering, CCOSA/OASA Executive Director. “Barbara Ellis is most deserving of this honor for her visionary leadership who is committed to excellence and whose inspiration will leave a legacy of lifelong learners.”
Barbara served 45 years in education with 26 of those years in administration. She retired in 2019 as the Assistant Superintendent for Lawton Schools. Barbara received her BS degree in Mathematics from South Carolina State University. She completed her Master’s Degree in Secondary Administration from the University of Oklahoma (OU) along with work toward her doctorate at OU. She was active in numerous professional and community organizations. Barbara was the 2000 OASSP District Middle Level Principal of the Year and the CCOSA Oklahoma Principal of the Year.
Barbara had this to say about her career. “I chose education as a means for me to improve my quality of life, thereby allowing me to improve my sense of self efficacy. I learned that I could use my influence to help others strive for greater academic achievement and personal accomplishment through personal development. I love learning,” stated Mrs. Ellis.
To learn more about OASA and the Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit www.ccosa.org.
OASA supports adequate funding for Oklahoma public schools, supports accountability measures, rigorous and relevant academics, fair treatment of education employees, and seeks to reduce state intrusion in local board of education matters.
The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration is an incorporated, not for profit organization which establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of the schools. The Council is the umbrella organization for the following professional associations: the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP), the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals (OAESP), the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA), and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS)