Steadfast friend, most wise counselor, and always a very loving, caring human being, are words that come to mind when one thinks of Emma Reagor. Emma became a coach for Great Expectations in 1997, following a rich and meaningful thirty-one year career as an elementary teacher. Even though Emma attended Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, her teaching career was spent in Oklahoma where she taught various grades spanning from kindergarten to fifth grade. As a teacher, Emma’s contributions to American education exemplified teaching at its best. In honor of this, she received Tulsa Public Schools’ Teachers Touching Tomorrow Award in 1996.
Always concerned about staying on the cutting edge of educational innovations and research, Emma has spent numerous hours involved in professional growth activities. To name a few, she has participated in Ron Willingham’s Managing Goals Achievement, Peter Lowe’s Success Seminar, Harry Wong’s Creative and Inventive Thinking Skills Conference, Susan Kovalik’s Integrated Thematic Instruction training, and a number of Eric Jensen’s Brain Based Learning conferences.
In addition to her busy Great Expectations schedule, Emma’s church plays an important role in her life. She is a member of Christ Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa, where she is Director of Christian Education, and a member of the Chancel Choir, Women’s Missionary Society, and the Trustee Board. Not only is she involved locally in her church, Emma is division leader of Structure of the Missionary Society at the district level and the state Director of Christian Education and state Secretary of the Children’s Division of the Missionary Society.
Emma’s civic involvement includes participation in the National Council of Negro Women and in 1996, she received the Tulsa Red Cross Service Award.
She is proud mother of two children, Paul and Aprile and son-in-law, Clifton. Her mother, two brothers, and five sisters are also very special to her.
Emma’s contributions to Great Expectations are substantial and unique. Her intense involvement, tempered with love, fired by fierce devotion, reaches and touches many as she advocates, teaches, and models the Great Expectations practices that positively affect teachers and students. Her work has, and will continue to impact the daily lives of educators throughout Oklahoma. Her ceaseless efforts will make education better now and in the future.