Student Support

The Oklahoma State Department of Education Office of Student Support provides a holistic approach to supporting educators and families through academic guidance, alternative education strategies, college and career readiness connections, social-emotional learning resources, and family engagement supports. We strive to increase equitable access to post-secondary opportunities and resources that promote the academic, social, and mental health and wellbeing of all students. We resource our schools. We serve our families. We support our students.

Oklahoma Education Student Support
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Attendance, Behavior, Course Completion is the ABC's of Dropping Out & Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship are the 3 R's of Dropping Out

The Oklahoma State Department of Education, Alternative Education Department is committed to providing guidance and support in order to promote excellence in education for our most at-risk student population.

Missy Corn, M.Ed.
Co-Director of Alternative Education 

Leslie Frazier, M.Ed.
Co-Director of Alternative Education

The OSDE Counseling and Academic Counseling divisions provide school counselors, administrators and teachers with the tools, training, knowledge, resources and technical assistance to support safe, nurturing and academically focused learning environments for all students.

Beth Whittle, M.Ed, LPC
Executive Director of Counseling

The Division of College & Career Readiness supports educators and families in developing plans that lead to success after high school. Success means that a student can obtain gainful employment that matches his or her passions and interests while still providing a living wage.

Marissa Lightsey, MSHR
Executive Director of College & Career Readiness

Crisis Preparedness and Response Tile

The Crisis Team provides Oklahoma local educational agencies (LEAs) with tools, training/ professional development, consultation, or direct response support at no cost to districts. Services include support for increasing school safety, best practice recommendations for crisis management, and assistance in identifying students who may require mental health supports. The Crisis Team supports Oklahoma school districts in crisis prevention, preparedness, intervention, and response. The team responds to both hazard-based and threat-based school crises with a specific focus on balancing physical and psychological safety for school communities.

Michelle Strain, MCMHC, MHR, LPC-C
Crisis Team School Psychologist

The Family and Community Engagement Division provides guidance, resources and support for families, schools, and communities as they work together to build meaningful partnerships that promote student success.

Sonia Johnson
Executive Director of Family & Community Engagement




Project AWARE is a SAMHSA grant award. It serves to increase mental health services and supports to students in Elk City, Weatherford, and Woodward in Western Oklahoma. Project AWARE East serves the public school districts of Checotah, Ada, and Atoka. Project AWARE focuses on increasing mental health supports with tiered intervention strategies aligned to an MTSS framework.

Cheryl McGee, MHR, LPC, LADC/MH
Program Manager Project AWARE

Lori Hollingsworth M.Ed, LPC
Project Manager AWARE East

Janessa Bointy, M.Ed
School Counselor Specialist AWARE East

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Prevention Services Division administers programs and initiatives that assist districts in addressing the risk behaviors in Oklahoma’s students such as bullying, suicide, substance abuse and violence prevention.

Elizabeth Suddath, MPH
Executive Director of Prevention Services




The Oklahoma School Climate Transformation project provides training and technical assistance to schools and districts on the implementation of a multi-tiered behavioral framework to improve school climate.

Elizabeth Suddath, MPH
Executive Director of Prevention Services

Heather Graham
School Climate Specialists
Blaire Harrison
School Climate Specialists
Jenna Jones
School Climate Specialists
Amanda Sellers
School Climate Specialists


Dr. Shelly Ellis, Deputy Superintendent

Emily Hicks, Coordinator I - (405) 522-2820

Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 112
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Fax: (405) 522-0496


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Last updated on November 16, 2021