In a special meeting on February 24, 2021, the Ponca City Public Schools appointed Anna Roland to fill the vacant board seat in Ward #4. The seat was previously held by Dr. David Kinkaid, who passed away on December 30, 2020.
The Term of Office for the Ward #4 seat is a five-year term that runs from 2019-2024. Roland will start serving immediately and will serve until the next Board election held in 2022. At that time, seat #4 will be placed on the ballot for election to complete the initial term until 2024.
Anna is a former NOC student and a Ponca City native whose deep family ties have encouraged her to remain in the region. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1999 and obtained an Associate of Science in Secondary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a Master of Science in Instructional Design Technology. During her coursework, she received three Course Director Awards.
Anna began her career in Ponca City as a teacher at Garfield Elementary. During her eight years as a teacher, she served on various committees, provided support as a technology coach and led staff professional development on teaching practices. During her employment, she was deeply active with the Ponca City Association of Classroom Teachers, serving as Delegate, Building Representative and President. She also was a dedicated member of the Oklahoma Education Association and served on the Board of Directors, representing the Northwest–B region.
In the fall of 2016, she shifted her teaching and technology expertise to the virtual world and began teaching students online through Epic Public Charter Schools.
Roland began working for Northern Oklahoma College in 2017, beginning as the Title III Distance Learning Specialist, then transitioning to the role of NASNTI Grant Project Director in 2019.
She is an active member of Delta Chapter, Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization that promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys volunteering with the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church in Ponca City, playing board games, reading and spending time with her husband James Roland IV and her six children, Jason, Kamauri, Daxton, Lucas, Niyah, and Becca.
Pictured: Board Attorney Gary Bracken is administering the Oath of Office to Roland