I am married to Kenneth Maness, retired Cimarron County Commissioner and farmer. We have four children: Seth, Trent, Kyle, and Audra. Seth is a correctional officer in the canine unit at Dalhart Penitentiary. He is married to Shad who teaches at Hartley Elementary School. They have two daughters, Erika and Stormie. Trent is a bivocational preacher and manages a ranch near Mill Creek, Oklahoma. He is married to Tina and they have three children, Shania, Taft, and K’Lyn. Audra teaches fifth and sixth grade here at Felt School. (I think we are making history by being the first mother-daughter teacher team at Felt!) She is married to Tanner who is the supervisor of the Boise City Department of Transportation. They have three children, Callie and Carson, who now attend Felt School, and Coby Matthew, our newest addition to the family. Our youngest son, Kyle, went home to be with Jesus 20 years ago.
I am blessed to be teaching here at Felt for my eighth year (29 years total)! I love working with students, parents, and staff at Felt. Some people have asked me when I’m going to retire, and my answer is, “When Jesus tells me I can stay home!” I now believe God is allowing me to retire so that I can stay home and keep Coby while Audra continues to teach!
I graduated from Felt High School as did my husband and all four of my children. I received my bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and began my teaching career in third grade at Alvis Elementary in Clayton, New Mexico. After 21 years, I retired from Clayton and was blessed to gain a position back at my alma mater.
I started teaching at Felt in the fall of 2012. I enjoy teaching 7th and 8th English, 7th grade World Geography, and Keyboarding. Along with those Junior High subjects, I am reading coach for Kindergarten through 6th grade, which means I do the reading testing and monitoring, assist with reading groups, and work with struggling readers.
In 25 years of teaching, I’ve attended many educational conferences. One that really changed my teaching was the Lindamood-Bell Instruction for Reading and Comprehension which taught me more about teaching phonics and reading. Another memorable one was Best Practices in the Classroom.