Quote of the Day | July 24, 2019

“I needed a safe place. Not only did I have a safe place in my school, I had teachers who encouraged me. I had teachers who valued me. That’s why I wanted to teach, just to give back to what was given to me.”

– Jena Nelson, a 2020 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalist, believes public education saved her life [The Oklahoman]


Courtney Cullison worked for OK Policy from 2017 to 2020 as a policy analyst focused on issues of economic opportunity and financial security. Before coming to OK Policy, Courtney worked in higher education, holding faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and at Connors State College in eastern Oklahoma. A native Oklahoman, she received an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. with emphasis in congressional politics and public policy from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Courtney was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. As a professor she taught classes in American politics, public policy, and research methods and conducted original research with a focus on the relationship between representatives and the constituents they serve.

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