This program supports the creation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours.
Designed as a supplementary program to enhance state or local reform efforts, this program assists students in meeting academic standards in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing out-of-school services to students and their families.
Sonia Johnson is the Director 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. 21st CCLC programs provide expanded learning opportunities for over 15,000 Oklahoma students during their out-of-school hours.
Prior to joining the Department of Education, Sonia served as the Director of the Oklahoma Afterschool Network, a statewide initiative working to ensure that all of Oklahoma’s children and youth have access to safe, enriching learning opportunities during their out-of-school time.
Additionally, she has served as an Early Education Specialist with Drake University Early Head Start. Her work there focused on pregnant and parenting teens – and before joining Drake University, Sonia served as the university child care consultant for Iowa State University. In her role at Iowa State, Sonia was responsible for developing a variety of community partnerships aimed at improving the affordability, accessibility and quality of child care services available to university students, faculty and staff.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Sonia has a keen interest in youth development strategies and community-school partnerships that will help meet the needs of Oklahoma’s children and youth more effectively, from the early childhood years through adolescence.
Sonia and her husband Jim have two sons. Together they actively serve in a number of leadership positions within their local school, faith and athletic communities.
Andrea serves as a coordinator, and conducts on-site monitoring visits of 21st CCLC programs, checking for compliance with the federal and state regulations, oversees professional development for our grantees, and provides technical assistance to the programs. Andrea has been with the 21st CCLC for three years, and has been with the OSDE for almost 16 years, working with the Learn and Serve America program. Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with emphasis on Elementary Education and maintains her certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.
Andrea and her husband live in south Oklahoma City and have two married sons and three grandchildren.
The Oklahoma 21st CCLC Quality Coaches provide training, technical assistance and improvement planning services to first year 21st CCLC grantees. The goal of the coaches is to effectively support the grantees in building quality 21st CCLC programs.
Peggy Miller has a BA in Education, MA in Special Education and is a certified psychometrist. She retired after twenty-four years in the classroom, but continued as an afterschool teacher and assistant coordinator. Peggy, A native Oklahoman, lives on the family farm with her husband Ray. They enjoy travel and grandchildren.
Janet is retired after 29 years teaching in Oklahoma at Tannehill and Quinton Schools, both in Pittsburg County. Janet and her husband, Joe, enjoy life on their ranch near Quinton. She enjoys cooking and photography, and has had several photos published in Outdoor Oklahoma.