About us.

Operation Engagement’s goal is to spark student engagement and inquiry, inspiring joyous, lifelong learning by equipping educators with high-quality programming and resources.

Our Story

In 1821 the first public school opened in Boston, desks in rows, a teacher up at the front of the room delivering information, preparing students to move into the new workforce of the industrial era. Flash forward almost 200 years and you can still walk into a school to find rows of desks, bells that signal beginning and ending of work time, students working independently, even silently, to compete a task using paper and pencil. Since the beginning of my career in education, I have been intrigued by the idea that we are still preparing students in the factory style structure for their future careers in a 21st century workforce where the required skills include creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

I made it my mission to find an alternative for teachers who feel stuck in old habits or don’t know how to change. I started with my own classroom, and in my own journey to improve student engagement, I stumbled across the work of Hope and Wade King and their room transformations. Their room transformations and student centered instruction are exactly what I wanted to implement! Room transformations can be time consuming and expensive. Thats where Operation Engagement comes in! Each themed kit comes with access to a tub full of supplies, a Google doc full of lesson ideas and advice, and a file of resources. See the Contact, Questions, and Feedback tab to request a kit to use in your classroom for FREE!

 

Our Story

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  • Speak English more confidently.
  • Have a deeper knowledge of the structure of English grammar.
  • Better understand spoken English.
  • Produce the target structures confidently and accurately.

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Our Team

Learn about who’s behind our organization and all the hard work that is put in on a day to day basis.

Emily Burris

Teacher and owner

Founder and Executive Director Emily Burris has been a public school teacher in Oklahoma for 4 years, and currently works as an Instructional Specialist in an intermediate elementary school and as a teacher consultant for the Oklahoma State Writing Project. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma. Emily has a passion for sparking student learning and believes that school is a place where every child should feel supported in their learning adventures. School should be FUN and drive a passion for joyous lifelong learning and curiosity to understand the world better.

Cheryl Hunt

Principal and Board Member

The principal at Herald Lower Elementary School in Collinsville, Oklahoma. She has dedicated her career to making a difference in Oklahoma education. She loves spending time with her husband and three children.

Leahlyn Clare

Teacher and Board Member

A third grade teacher in North Texas and has developed a passion for going above and beyond for her students by doing whatever it takes. She has become known by her colleagues and peers as “extra” and “that teacher.” A title she wears with pride. She is an education blogger and a Teachers Pay Teachers author/creator. Leaglyn has been a part of The Magic Squad at multiple Get Your Teach On Events and has created a Transformation Room at her school where teachers collaborate to alter a classroom environment by a theme to excite and engage students across the campus.

Amy Young

Principal and Board Member

Currently the Principal at Independence Elementary in Yukon, Oklahoma. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She went on to earn her M.Ed. in Administration, Curriculum, and Policy from National-Louis University in Chicago in conjunction with a Leadership Program from the Center for Executive Development from the University of California Berkeley. She is a member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and is a graduate of The Standards for Excellence class of 2011. Amy was named as one of The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 for her proven work in her profession and her nonprofit work. Amy and her husband Todd have a son named Cole. She also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Pets and People Humane Society and Freedom School OKC.

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Justin Holliday

Teacher and Board Member