L. Kirk passed away on January 1, 2001 in Baptist Integris
Medical Center in
Oklahoma City. She was 38. Brenda attended schools at Eisenhower,
Hoover, and Waller
and graduated from Enid High School in 1981.
Brenda graduated from Phillips University in 1987 with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in
Art graduating Cum Laude. In 1994 Brenda completed her Masters
in Education degree at Phillips University.
Brenda began her journey in education in 1987 and 1988 as
a substitute teacher in the Enid Public school system. Brenda
said she wanted to become a teacher because of the love she
had for children which allowed her to share in the responsibilities
of shaping the world in which they live. In 1989 she was hired
to teach third grade at Taft Elementary School and continued
teaching third and fourth grades there until 2000.
Her Oklahoma teaching certificates included: Elementary Education,
Language Arts, Art, and Social Studies. Being the master teacher
she was, she served as fourth grade level chairperson beginning
Brenda was active in Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa, Student
Education Association, Enid Education Association, Oklahoma
Education Association, national Education Association, and
Emmanuel's Singles Ministry.
Brenda's hobbies included playing music by ear, piano and
organ, cooking, collecting Mickey Mouse memorabilia, and spending
time on eBay. Brenda was an advocate for underprivileged children.
She would buy Taft T-shirts, shoes, school supplies, or whatever
was needed for these children. Brenda said that seeing a child
who can feel good about himself because he has accomplished
something with success, at his own level is important. It
is rewarding to see a child develop a more positive self-worth.
In her career as a teacher Brenda touched the lives of many
children, parents, colleagues, and friends.