Shermie Potts has proudly served as Choral Director for Edmond Santa Fe High School since 1997. Prior to that, she taught at Choctaw Junior High. She has been an Edmond resident since 1976. She and her husband (fellow Memorial High School graduate), Steve, have two sons. She earned her PhD in Music Education in 2009 from the University of Oklahoma to better serve the needs of Edmond students. Dr. Potts is a longtime proponent of character education and has enjoyed school administrations that encourage its use for student growth. Dr. Potts enjoys teaching character through music, which requires the endurance, diligence, and humility of each student.
Meet the Board
Amy Nicar is an English teacher at Edmond Memorial High School. She has worked in the Edmond community since 2011, after moving to the Oklahoma City metro area from Tulsa. She and her husband, Eric, are Tulsa natives and alumni of University of Oklahoma, where Amy earned her B.S. in English Education. In Tulsa Amy taught at Tulsa Public Schools as well as Jenks Public Schools. She has been a member of the Character Council since 2013.
Anna Rognas has been a resident of Edmond since 1976. Anna is a mother of many children: 2 beautiful biological children, a foster parent since 2006, and a proud adoptive parent in 2010. Anna started selling real estate in 2003 with Keller Williams’ Edmond office. In 2008 she joined with Property Management & Realty, a “Best of Edmond” company 4 years running. She is also employed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Edmond as the Children’s Formation Coordinator and a member of the Rolling Green Collaborative. In 2009, Anna started a Donate, Dine & Wine group that supports metro charities. Anna graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with her B.A in English Education and is very excited to join the Character Council of Edmond in 2011!
Tara Fair is presently the Associate Superintendent for the Edmond Public School District. Previously she served as the Educational Services Coordinator, and prior to that she was the Principal at Central Middle School for twelve years. Central Middle School was one of the first schools in Edmond to adopt the Character First Curriculum and has been a Character First School since 1998. In her new position she Coordinates and administers selected district instructional programs, performs as assistant district-wide (PK-12) assessment administrator, administers and serves as liaison for selected federal programs (Title IA, Title I D, Homeless); assist and serves as a resource for staff, board and public in interpreting and /or implementing district curriculum.
Rachael Fedor is the Manager of Citizens Bank of Edmond Coffee Creek Location. She has worked for Citizens Bank of Edmond since October 2006. Rachael has lived in Edmond since she arrived for College in 2000, graduating in 2004 with a BS in Forensic Science from UCO. Rachael is a proud wife and mother to her growing family. She has been a member of Edmond Character Council since 2007.
Jim Hulsey serves as President of the Character Council of Edmond. Retired from nearly three decades of television broadcast experience, as photographer, production assistant, later as a freelance journalist and an occasional newspaper editorialist, Hulsey has called Edmond “home” periodically since 1946. He served as the president of the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance and as a council member to the EdmondYMCA and participated in a variety of committees over the years to improve the community. He is a third-generation UCO alumni and received a MS degree from OSU. He is also a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War.
Marilyn Jones, born and raised in Arcadia, LA., graduated from LA Tech in elementary education and was a second-grade teacher for six years. Married to husband Phil since 1967, they have two grown children and six grandchildren. Members of First Baptist Church in Edmond, she has been the Preschool Director as well as taught Children’s Sunday School, worked in Youth ministry and lead the Women’s Ministry, as well as being a volunteer at her children’s school, and was the chairman for the 1st “After Prom” Event. She has volunteered in a number of Republican political races, as well as being a tenured member of the Character Council of Edmond.
Diane Krakowski joined the Character Council of Edmond shortly after being recognized as a Champion of Character for Diligence almost several years ago. She is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught fourth grade for the past twenty-four years at Northern Hills Elementary School. She has served on the Edmond Public School District Professional Development Committee and is currently a member of the State Department of Education Master Teacher program. She and her husband, Ron, have three children and three grandchildren and attend St. John the Baptist Church. She enjoys the monthly meetings with the Character Council’s outstanding Board members.
Joan Krauss has served on the Character Council of Edmond Board for the past five years. She is an educator with thirty years of experience, having taught preschool through junior college in eight different states, Japan, and Germany. For the past thirteen years Joan has taught gr. 6 English/literature and gr. 7 geography at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Edmond. She is very committed to the Character First Program and was instrumental in developing it at SEAS using the forty-nine character traits. It is now a part of their Life Skills Program. Joan is the mother of two adult sons, serves as a Stars Volunteer at the OKC Civic Center, enjoys traveling and theatre.
Lee Ann Kuhlman
Lee Ann Kuhlman serves as Secretary of the Character Council of Edmond Board. She has been a board member since 2005. Lee Ann retired in 2010, after 14 years of teaching in the Edmond Public School District. She was recently elected to the Edmond School Board. She and her family have resided in Edmond for 27 years. Her experience include: Leadership Edmond Class IX Alumni, past-president of St. Mary’s Episcopal Pre-school Board, Executive Committee of the Junior League of Oklahoma City, and finalist for Teacher of the Year 2004-2005.
Jackie Shaw, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT
Jackie Shaw, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, is the executive director of Edmond Family Counseling, Inc. EFC is a private, not for profit, community-based counseling agency in the City of Edmond. Jackie is a graduate of Edmond High School (when there was only one), a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and former school teacher. She is proud to be a member of Edmond Character Council and to promote positive character traits in our community.
Emoly Walters is a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma pursuing a BA Degree in Dance with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. During her early teen years Emoly discovered Character First, a program that she now champions by being a certified Character Coach, and serves as a board member of the Character Council of Edmond. As Miss Oklahoma 2010, Emoly is excited to promote her platform, Leadership and Character Development, from elementary school students to the business community. It is her goal to help people realize how minute-by-minute choices affect their lives and impact the lives of others. Emoly believes that character goes right to the heart of what makes us better people and that the time is now to give people the tools to either stop a problem before it happens or to address one that already exist so that we can experience the best future possible.
Stephanie West is an Independent Sales Representative for BellWest America, and has served on the Character Council of Edmond Board four years, and volunteers for numerous community organizations including being the founder and producer for the “Annual Winter Ball,” which has raised over $60,000 to benefit family oriented organizations. She is a graduated Home School Mom and involved in the political process by voting and supporting good constitutional candidates for public office. She and her husband of 29 years have four grown children (one of which is Emoly West – “Miss Oklahoma 2010”) and three grand daughters. Stephanie is also the caregiver for her elderly mother with Alzheimer’s.
About the Character Council of Edmond
Our goal is to create a citywide initiative to build Edmond into a “city of character.” This non-profit organization believes that the character of a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time.
This character initiative began in 2001 with a working committee driven by the involvement of the Edmond Medical Center and the City of Edmond in the Character First! program, which headquarters in Oklahoma City. Character First!brings to governments, businesses, churches and families the need to recognize positive character traits in organizations and brings to a community a top-of-mind awareness of what good character is all about. It does this through, for example, spotlighting a character trait each month and how an individual demonstrated that character.
Supported in a July 2001 city resolution by Mayor Saundra Naifeh, designating Edmond as a “City of Character,” a board of directors was established to bringing the character message to Edmond. The Council is now a 501c3 not-for-profit grassroots organization incorporated by the State of Oklahoma since July 2003, and in 2004 was recognized for its exempt status under the Internal Revenue Service Code. The council is a local Edmond agency made up entirely by volunteers from different career areas whose focus is reserved for the Edmond area alone.
Since 2003, the Council’s primary initiative has been to sponsor character-based education to area schools, the first being Central Middle School, where 15 educators received the training at no training or material costs to the school. Since that time, additional area schools expressed their desires to receive the training. The character-based education training is now open to each Edmond area school, elementary, secondary, high school, both public and private. We’ve also made allowances for parent volunteers at these schools to also receive the training. The training fee, materials, a lunch and compensation for any substitute teachers that may be required while educators attend the half-day training, are paid for. The only investment from the educators is their time. Traditionally, we’ve held these trainings in September, but as of 2011 we’ve moved the date to sometime in November.
It’s the generous support from the community that continues to be the only means to provide character-based education. In the past, such support has come from the City of Edmond Social Agency Funding Committee, GRECO Frame and Supply, CEO Mo Anderson with Keller Williams International, Eateries Inc., and other generous contributions by area citizens. The Council thanks each of these and hopes that others will see the importance of promoting good character and support this Council’s efforts.
The Council does not endorse one character training curriculum or materials over another, but endeavors to assist with the funding and/or training and information that will best benefit the current needs within the community.
Mission Statement, Character Council of Edmond:
To designate the city of Edmond as a city of character through the promotion and development of character traits in all aspects of community life, including government, businesses, schools, families, faith-based and civic organizations.
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Show your support for the Character initiative in the Edmond community by displaying this 5x7 (static cling, not glue) window sticker, available for the asking—although your donations would be generously received.