from Donna Anderson
Hello and welcome to the Cherokee Public School web site. We are so proud of the changes in social media implemented this year and this is one more method to have sound communication with our students, parents and community. For the past eight years, I have served as a superintendent and am so very excited to be at Cherokee Public School. Over the last year and a half, we have worked hard to improve education and professional development for our school community.
As your superintendent, I would like you to know a little about my background and experiences. I grew up attending the Oklahoma City Public Schools and graduated from Kingston High School. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from East Central University. As the wife of a successful track and field coach, I was fortunate enough to live in and experience the uniqueness of many areas of Oklahoma.
I began my career in education as a classroom teacher at Fort Supply in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. I served as a Parent Educator for Oklahoma Parents as Teachers (OPAT), where I learned the importance of early childhood education. I have been fortunate to serve as a Director of Alternative Education, an Assistant Principal, and Principal. Now, as a superintendent, I am allowed to help students at all levels of education.
I am married to Charlie Anderson, an educator at Cherokee Public School. We have been married for 32 years and have three children: Amanda an OU graduate; Taylor an OSU graduate; and Jake, works for the Choctaw Nation. We also helped raise another “daughter” Brittany, who is also a graduate of OU. All of our children attended Oklahoma public schools. The best part of having children is they give you grandchildren. I have a six year old granddaughter, Katherine, a two year old granddaughter, Caris and a new grand boy due in early February. Great blessings and joys.
I come from a family who values public service. My great grandfather, Don Welch, was the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1939-1941, and my grandfather was an attorney who lobbied in Washington, D.C., to bring the railroad to the Texoma area of Oklahoma. Currently, I serve on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni Board and am a member of several education organizations.
I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing community. My door is always open and as always, IT IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A CHIEF!