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Anita Vermillion

Anita Vermillion graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's of arts degree in education and from the University of Oklahoma with a master's degree in adult education. After teaching high school language arts for 24 years, Anita was a senior program development specialist and coordinator of program development at the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education. In addition, she was an adjunct instructor in the OU College of Education.

For the past eight years she has been an educational consultant working for EDIT, Educational Development and Instructional Team (edit@editok.com). This work has included working with teachers in the areas of curriculum development and alignment, identifying resources, developing instructional strategies, and collaborative planning to increase classroom effectiveness and improve test scores.

Ann Bullard, M. Ed.

Ann Bullard, M. Ed. received her BS in Natural and Social Sciences and Masters Degree in Elementary Education at Oklahoma State University. She earned 30 additional credits in Math and Computer Science.

Following an initial assignment teaching high school Social Studies, Ann next spent seven years teaching elementary students in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades.

The remainder of her 25-year career, Ann taught at the Jr. High / Middle School level. Her assignments included 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade math, including Algebra I, as well as courses in Life, Earth, and General Science. She also taught Computer Programming and Applications classes.

A National Board Certified teacher, Mrs. Bullard has presented numerous workshops including the annual conferences of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers Math and Science (OCTM), and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Ann has been an EDIT consultant since August, 2003. Her passion is sharing resources and strategies with teachers to help them work smarter, not harder.

Deborah “Debby” Ihrig

Deborah “Debby” Ihrig graduated from OSU with a BS degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. Debby is certified by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Educator. She’s been employed by the Bristow Public Schools as director of Oklahoma Parents as Teachers, A Community Together for School Readiness (early childhood community collaboration) and Better Together, Ready Schools grant project. She completed training for Family and Work Institute’s Mind in the Making early childhood training program and was State Project Director for Mind in the Making for two years.

Debby believes that all children were born to learn and every parent can be their child’s first and best teacher. When parents and schools collaborate, children receive the best possible learning experience, ensuring that the child’s social, emotional and intellectual development is a coordinated effort.

Kim Caldwell

Kim Caldwell recently retired from Norman Public Schools after a 30 year career in education. Kim received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from USAO and her Master’s degree in Education focusing on elementary administration from the University of Oklahoma. She began her career at Little Axe Public Schools where she taught for eight years and Norman Public Schools for twenty-two years. Kim received several district awards including nominations for NPS Teacher of the Year twice. She has chaired and served on various site, district, and state committees along with presenting nationally. Kim currently teaches Initial College Studies writing at Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City campus.

Dr. Loretta Schmidt, Ed.D.

Dr. Loretta Schmidt, Ed.D., brings over 30 years of educational experience to the EDIT staff. Her degrees include BA from California State University-Fresno, MA Southwestern Oklahoma State University and ED. D. from the University of Oklahoma. She spent 15 years teaching at both elementary and secondary levels and spent the rest of her time in administration.

Dr. Schmidt has been an elementary principal, worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education in the Staff Development and Entry Year Teacher Department and has been Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the district level. Before becoming part of the EDIT team, she was Director of the Center for Effective Schools at the University of Oklahoma. She is passionate about the school improvement process and truly believes that inside every good school is an even better one and inside every good teacher is an even better teacher.

Patricia Simons

Patricia Simons holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Educational Administration and certification in Elementary Education. She retired from Norman Public Schools in 2001 with 26 years experience, 15 years as a classroom teacher and 9 years as an elementary principal.

While an elementary principal, her school was a targeted Title I School with multiple Special Education programs (Multiple Handicapped, MR, and LD). She was actively involved in her staff developing and implementing a comprehensive intervention program, targeting underachieving students, K-5. Other focus areas were balanced literacy, arts in education, technology integration, student assistance programs, and writing across the curriculum.

Patricia’s areas of expertise: developing and implementing collaborative teams, balanced literacy, reading in the content areas, hands-on mathematics instruction, developmentally-appropriate instruction, curriculum mapping, Handwriting Without Tears, developing and implementing a school-wide intervention program, arts-in-education, developing and implementing a school-wide writing program, and writing across the curriculum.

Patricia is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma.

Piper Riddle

Piper graduated from Oklahoma State University with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, with specialization in Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Additional credits are recorded in the area of elementary counseling.

For 32 years Piper taught in Oklahoma elementary and middle schools, among them, Enid Public Schools and Putnam City Public Schools. She has been involved with programs that encourage the strengthening of large and small motor skills as a vital part of reading readiness, and has compiled programs for early childhood teachers who are interested in supporting the CRT efforts of their fellow teachers in the upper grades.

Piper is a certified trainer in the aha! Process of Ruby Payne’s Framework of Understanding Poverty and has received training in Stephen Glenn’s, “Strengthening the Family. “ She has chaired school accreditation committees at the local level and has been actively involved in on-site school improvement.

Mission Statement

To improve student achievement by providing sustained, high quality professional development in the Effective Schools process for educators and stakeholders.