The Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame, Inc. has announced the selection of former Pawhuskan, Dr. Freeta Jones-Porter, as a member of their 2013 class of inductees into the OAAE Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be held on September 27, 2013 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
Jones-Porter was born in Ada to J.T. and Murphie Stokes in 1954. She attended elementary school at Booker T. Washington, Pawhuska Jr. High, and Pawhuska High School, graduating in 1972.
She is the wife of John Porter and parent of Deirdra Roberts, both of OKC.
In December, 1976, Jones-Porter received her B.S. degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma. She continued with her education and earned her Master of Education degree with emphasis in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from Central State University (UCO) in Edmond in 1983.
Her Doctor of Education Dissertation title: Collegiate Females’ State Anxiety Levels Following Water Exercise Intervals. She earned her Doctorate in August, 1997.
She began her career as a Physical Education and Science Teacher at Little Axe in Norman in 1977. She became a Physical Education teacher at Fairview Elementary in Moore in 1981 while working concurrently as an Adjunct Faculty member at both Rose State College in Midwest City and Oklahoma City Community College.
In 1985, she became a Comprehensive Health Education Specialist with the Oklahoma State Department. She continued in that capacity until 1988 when she accepted the job as Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma.
She became the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of Professor in the KHS Department.
In June 2012, she assumed the title of Retired Professor Emeriti. Dr. Jones-Porter accumulated 35 years in education.
Dr. Jones-Porter holds multiple certifications. She is a certified Red Cross Water Safety and Life Guard Instructor in Oklahoma County. She holds an Oklahoma teaching certificate in Physical Education (K-12), Anatomy/Physiology (7-12), Biology (7-12) and Zoology (7-12).
She has been a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, University of Central Oklahoma American Association of University Professors, UCO African American Faculty and Staff Association, American Red Cross and Respect Diversity Foundation.
In 2010, Dr. Jones-Porter was awarded the OAHPERD Honor Award, the highest honor given by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Other awards include: Outstanding Faculty Woman Achievement Award from the Central State University Association of Women Students in 1989, United States Water Fitness Association C. Carson Conrad Award for Outstanding World Fitness Leader in 1996, McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentor in 2001, 2003, 2004. She also received the Dr. Virginia Peters Physical Education in Higher Education Teacher of the Year Award from OAHPERD in 2008.
In her philosophy of teaching, Dr. Jones-Porter stated: My philosophy is based on the age old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; but teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” I try to teach my students to fish. I realize and embrace the idea that life’s journey contains mountains and valleys, how you handle situations is an attitudinal choice. You can choose to be better or bitter, but you can’t be both. I hope my service has been a blessing to my many students and colleagues, as much as they have been a blessing in my life.