Duncan announces candidacy for School Board
My name is Kelley Roudebush Duncan and I am running for Altus School Board. I was born and raised in Altus; graduating from Altus High School in 1988. Both of my parents are also Altus High School graduates. My dad, Robert or Roudy, has spent the majority of his life farming in this community. My mom, Pam, started teaching in The Altus Public Schools in 1966; retiring in 2006. Thanks to my mom, I have the utmost respect for teachers and the responsibilities they have for their students after watching my mom give 110% to her kids year after year. As you can imagine, education was always a very important part of my upbringing. After graduating high school, I attended a year at WOSC and then went on to the University of Oklahoma; graduating from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1994. I then worked as an occupational therapist in various settings for 11+ years until I was blessed with my fourth son. As an occupational therapist, I held different positions as a staff therapist, clinical coordinator and senior therapist and had various responsibilities. One of those was working with a variety of clients with different personalities and from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Another was working alongside other ancillaries (physicians, physical therapists, speech pathologists, etc.) on a daily basis. Being a team player is a must in this field. I work well with others, am open minded and have a very easy going personality. Thanks to both of my parents, I also have very high work and moral ethics that they instilled in me at a very young age.
I am married to my best friend, Jeff Duncan, for 18 years now. He also holds these same attributes important to him. He currently works as an orthopedic surgeon at JCMH here in Altus. It was during his medical school and residency years that I learned what being on a budget was really all about. Living on a poverty level salary with a family of 6; one must learn very quickly how to prioritize and get on a budget that works to survive. I say this because I am fully aware that funding currently is a huge issue in education and that money is very tight and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. However, after inquiring about other surrounding schools, I feel there is money out there to be found through grants if we just dig deep enough to find it to assist with the necessary improvements that are needed in various areas.
My four boys have very different personalities and interests and they are currently in all the different schools. Gant is my oldest and attends the high school. Jake is at the Junior High and my two youngest, Nick and Todd are at the elementary level. I want all four of my kids to have an amazing experience going through The Altus Public School system, whether it’s on the elementary, middle, junior or high school level. I also want every other student walking the halls alongside them to have that same great experience. We need to support every aspect of their education giving them a well-rounded experience. I love this town and the people in it. I want Altus to not just be great but to be the best of the best and I know that goal is achievable. I am ready to jump in with both feet and do what is necessary to work on making Altus a place where teachers, coaches and especially new families are knocking down the door to be a part of this great school system. I would greatly appreciate your vote on Feb. 11. Thank you for your consideration!
Kelley Roudebush Duncan
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