For Donna Anderson, Oklahoma education is not just something she is interested in — it is her passion. Donna Anderson has spent a lifetime educating Oklahoma’s children and working to make our schools the best they can be. Donna has worked as a classroom teacher, started a school from scratch, and served as a leader in education.
Donna began her career in education as a classroom teacher at Fort Supply in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. She served as a Parent Educator for Oklahoma Parents as Teachers (OPAT), where she learned the importance of early childhood education. Donna also started a school from the ground up at the Sac and Fox Nation Juvenile Detention Center. At the center, Donna saw first-hand the importance of educating children at risk and the role of education in helping turn a student’s life around.
Donna has served as a Director of Alternative Education, an Assistant Principal, and Principal. She knows the challenges of running a school, particularly with low funding and high regulation. She has had to make tough cuts and decisions that affect staff, students, and the community, and she has had to make the most out of a school’s limited resources.
For the past three years Donna has served as the Superintendent for Bennington Public Schools. While at Bennington, Donna has shown innovative leadership, by bringing the future of education to her rural school. Under her direction, students in the 8th through 12th grades have transitioned from traditional text books to iPads. This change has allowed students access to new resources and methods of instruction and improved communication between parents, students, and teachers.
Donna Welch Anderson grew up in the Oklahoma City public schools and graduated from Kingston High School. Donna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northwestern University, and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from East Central University. As the wife of a successful track and field coach, she has been fortunate enough to live in and experience the uniqueness of many areas of Oklahoma as the couple worked in all corners of the State.
Donna is married to Charlie Anderson, an educator at Kingston Public Schools. The two have been married for 29 years and have three children: Amanda an OU graduate; Taylor an OSU graduate; and Jake, is a student at Bennington High School and attends the Kiamichi CareerTech Center. The two also helped raise another “daughter” Brittany, who is also a graduate of OU. All their children attended Oklahoma public schools.
Donna Welch Anderson comes from a family who values public service. Donna’s great grandfather, Don Welch, was the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1939-1941, and her grandfather was an attorney who lobbied in Washington, D.C., to bring the railroad to the Texoma area of Oklahoma. Donna is ready to follow in her family’s political footprint, and serve Oklahoma and its education system as the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction.