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In Memory of Brenda L. Kirk

Brenda 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 in 1999.

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.

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