Teresa Pointer--100 Alumni You Should Know

Teresa Pointer--100 Alumni You Should Know


By Tailor Finney

As a 1987 graduate of USAO, Teresa Pointer earned degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance. Pointer has now been teaching elementary and secondary vocal music for 22 years. She holds National Board certifications in Early and Middle Childhood Music. She also completed graduate work at the University of Oklahoma, University of West Florida, and Emporia State University.

Most recently, Pointer was nominated by her peers to receive the statewide recognition of Exemplary Teacher by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. This honor is to recognize music teachers in the state who have demonstrated a mastery of music education through the production of exemplary performing organizations and/or individual music students.

Pointer began her teaching career at Elgin Junior High and High School. She has since transitioned to Muskogee High School. Now in her tenth year of teaching secondary choral music, she continues to thrive as a choral Director.

"She was my very first student teacher here at USAO," said Jan Hanson, Professor of Music. "Thirty years ago she impressed me with her initiative, enthusiasm and commitment to the teaching profession."

Her choirs have consistently received superior ratings at Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association District and State contests. Pointer’s students have represented MHS in numerous honor choirs, including this year’s Southwest American Choral Directors Association honor choirs.

“My greatest professional accomplishment is encountering students who I have had the privilege to teach that are now successful in their professions,” said Pointer.

Pointer has served as a Circle the State with Song region coordinator and clinician. She has also been awarded numerous grants to help her efforts to provide further opportunities and needed equipment for the Muskogee schools’ students.

Aside from her musical students, Pointer also fosters the passions of her two 22-year old daughters who are following the family tradition and preparing for their own careers in music education. She encourages her daughters with the same support she received during her time at USAO.

“While at USAO, I was able to work in leadership roles in music performances and productions,” said Pointer. “Because my professors gave me opportunities and the support I needed, I felt very confident when I began my teaching career.”

Pointer would encourage potential Drovers to consider USAO for not only a quality and affordable education but for the connection they make with professors who want the best for their students. She also adds that the liberal arts approach that "makes the general education classes much more interesting and enjoyable!"