Linda McCoy has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 1999. She is an instructor of speech language pathology and teaches Normal Speech and Language Development, Field Observation, Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I & II, Speech Reading/Auditory Training/Aural Rehabilitation, and Voice Disorders.
In addition to teaching in the classroom, she served on different committees on campus that include the Student Disciplinary Committee, Academic Probation Committee and Teacher Education Screening Committee. She also is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Oklahoma Reading Association, International Reading Association and National Reading Conference.
Before coming to teach in the classroom at USAO, McCoy was a speech-language pathologist in the Moore Public Schools, a speech pathologist in the San Antonio Independent School District and a clinical supervisor at USAO.
PhD, University of Oklahoma, 1994, Instruction, Leadership, & Curriculum--Student Perceptions in the Mathematics Classroom: A Study of How African American, Hispanic, Native American, and White Fifth and Sixth Graders Perceive Mathematics and the Mathematics Classroom.
M.ED, University of Oklahoma, 1988, (Educational Technology--Microcomputer Emphasis Option)
B.S. University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, Elementary Certification, Elementary Education
B.S., Texas A & M University, 1974, Curriculum and Instruction--Math/History, Secondary Certification
A.A., San Diego City College, A.A., 1970, (Social Science)
A faculty leader in multicultural education and service learning, Dr. Jeanne Mather has been a member of the USAO faculty in Education since 1990.
Dr. Mather is certified to teach Elementary (1-8); Language Arts (6-8); and Business Math, Algebra, Analysis, Calculus, Computer Science/Applications, General Mathematics, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Trigonometry, American History, Democracy, Oklahoma History, Sociology/Anthropology, U.S. Government, World History (6-12).
One of her passions is helping others. One way she does this is through the “Books for Tots” Program which she co-founded and which has distributed over 50,000 new books to needy children since its inception in 1998. Another of her passions is multicultural education, strongly influenced by her own Hispanic background.
She loves to teach Spanish to fifth graders, which she does once a week (Hola, mis amigos); publishes a multicultural interdisciplinary newsletter, Classroom Spice, and collaborates in a number of other minority outreach activities. She is a strong advocate for interdisciplinary teaching, and encourages the use of children's literature to teach everything from math and science to social studies.
She is the counselor for Pi Omega Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in Education, as well as the advisor for the campus chapter (SNEA) of the National Education Association Student Program. She is an active member of many organizations including National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and International Reading Association (IRA).
Dr. Linda McElroy has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1995. She is an associate professor of education and teaches Reading I: Foundations of Literacy, Reading II: Strategies and Materials for Literacy Instruction, Reading III: Assessment and instruction of Literacy, Senior Seminar and College Reading and Study Skills.
McElroy’s publications include: Instant Messaging, Literacies, and Social Identities; Sense and Sendability: Children’s Problem-Solving Strategies for Construction Meaning from Pen Pal Letters and At-Risk Readers: Part I—Identifying The Cycle.
During her time at USAO, McElroy has been a member of the Admission to Teacher Education Committee, recording secretary for the Division of Education and Speech Pathology, a member of the Board of Directors and lifetime member of the Alumni Association, as well as serving on many other committees including the Faculty Search, Financial Aid Appeals, Tenure and Promotion, Superior Faculty Awards, University Curriculum, Faculty-Student Grievance, Assessment and Accountability and Physical Resources. In addition, she is the faculty advisor for the USAO Baptist Collegiate Ministries, faculty coordinator for the America Reads Program and recipient of the USAO Gladys Anderson Emerson Faculty Research Stipend. She received the USAO Regents Superior Teaching Award in 2009.
She also is a member of the International Reading Association, National Reading Conference, Oklahoma Higher Education Reading Council, Oklahoma State Department of Education Reading Consortium, Oklahoma Reading Association, Grady County Reading Association and Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators.
Before coming to USAO, McElroy was an instructor and graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, reading specialist at Lexington Public Schools, teacher at Wanette Elementary School, teaching assistant at Purcell Elementary School and director and teacher for the Mother’s Day Out weekday early education program at the First Baptist Church in Purcell.
Before coming to USAO in 2008, Dr. Gower was the director of federal programs of the Unified School District No. 480 in Liberal, Kans. At the same time, she was an instructor at Kansas Newman University in Wichita and at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans.
At Kansas Newman and Fort Hays, Gower taught courses for off-campus credit, worked collaboratively with Fort Hays administrators in implementing summer courses to improve science instruction for middle and high school teachers supported with grant funding and administered endorsement classes.
While with the United School District No. 480, Gower administrated various state and federal programs that included Title I, the largest federal aid program that deals with migratory or at risk children; Title III, which is designed for agencies to develop high quality English as a second language programs and the Carl Perkins Grant, which promotes the preparation for nontraditional training and employment. She also served as the director of preschool, assistant principal at Liberal High School and other positions within the district.
In addition to her teaching duties, Gower serves as the director of the Child Development Center at USAO. The center is open from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring trimesters. The center focuses on the achievement of the following goals: enhancement of self-concept, language development, sensory acuity, motor development, concept formation and living skills.
Danny Bice is the educational interpreter at USAO. He has been a member of the staff since 1998.
Bice interprets for classes at USAO, as well as special events. He works in the Division of Education and Speech Language Pathology at the college. The division includes the early childhood, education of the deaf, elementary education and speech-language pathology fields of study.
Dr. Hector has been a full-time faculty member at USAO since 1998. Before joining the USAO faculty full-time, she worked as an adjunct faculty member for the college. She also has served as a teacher, director of school and director of preschool at Epworth Christian School in Chickasha and as a teacher at Alex Public Schools and Rush Springs Public Schools.
She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Oklahoma Association for the Early Childhood Teacher Educators, American Association of University Women, Reading Teacher International, Grady County Reading Council and the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma.
In 2009, Hector released a children's book title Juniper, a story about an inauspicious elf, eager to find his niche in life. The 103-page book is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available at their website -- www.tatepublishing.com and at the USAO Bookstore.
She is a member of the Superior Teaching Award Committee, Teacher Education Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Association Tenure Committee and Library Committee at USAO.
Hector has two children and lots of nieces and nephews who have given her inspiration for her stories. She lives in Chickasha with her husband, dog, and two cats.
Dr. Vicki Ferguson serves several roles as professor, director of teacher education and chair of the Division of Education and Speech-Language Pathology at USAO. She has been a full-time member of the USAO faculty since 1988. She also was an instructor in the mathematics department at USAO from 1975-1980 and an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Mathematics and Division of Education from 1987-1988.
Ferguson was an instructor in the Applied Problem Solving Institute and Summer Math Academy at Oklahoma City Community College. Before coming to USAO, Ferguson taught math at Chickasha High School and Anderson High School in Austin, Texas.
She is on the advisory board of A+ Oklahoma Schools and is the president-elect of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Ferguson was the conference chair of the OACTE/OCTP/OATE Fall Conference in 2009. She served as an OACTE representative during the Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. in 2009 and 2010 and during the Oklahoma Legislative Day on the Hill the last two years.
She is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association.
Ferguson has attended AACTE National Meetings in Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and San Diego. She was a team member of the Oklahoma State Accreditation Team of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2008.
She has presented to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference seven times, the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics twice and the Oklahoma Education Association District Meeting twice.
Outside the classroom, Ferguson enjoys organizing and leading one of the interactive learning stations at various Earth Day/Resource Day events sponsored by the Grady County Conservation District. She also served as a Girl Scout leader for 10 years.
Karen Karner joined the faculty of USAO in Fall, 2013, as Clinic Director of the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic and an instructor of speech-language pathology. Her clinical background in speech- language pathology includes work in the public schools of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, and private practice in both Texas and Oklahoma where her caseloads included early intervention, autism spectrum disorders, adult intellectual disability, and school-age speech and language disorders. She has additional training and experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
She has been a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in good standing since 1985. She has earned the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) three times. She presently serves as Vice President-Elect of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. At USAO, she serves on the Superior Teaching and Scholarly Activity Committee.
Karner is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where her dissertation research focuses on the social use of language of adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A fellow of the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) program, Karner brings to her position an understanding of family-centered and culturally competent services that place the patient and the family at the forefront of decision making in the treatment process.
Matt Reynolds is an instructor of Deaf Education here at USAO. He has been a member of the staff since 2012.
Before coming to USAO, Reynolds was a Deaf Education teacher in San Antonio Texas. He has taught first and third grade deaf/down syndrome students along with deaf high school students in his three year teaching span. He is a certified teacher in Texas for Deaf Education K-12, Generalist EC-6, and American Sign Language.
Reynolds has also been a certified interpreter for the Deaf in Utah at level 1.