Teacher of the Year

Congratulations!! Debbi Oakes- Ralph Downs Teacher of the Year.

Debbie Oaks with cake

Debbi Oakes- Music Teacher

Deborah Oakes holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance/ music education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has completed post graduate hours toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at UT Austin. During her more than forty years as a music educator, she has taught all levels of public school music as well as private voice and piano and is an expert on the vocal pedagogy of young singers. Her contributions to music education include curriculum writing,research, new teacher training and leadership within a Professional Learning Community. An experienced adjudicator, clinician and accompanist, Mrs. Oakes is also an active presenter in areas of vocal and choral education, teacher development and the integration of technology into the elementary music classroom.
Mrs. Oakes, who moved to Oklahoma from Texas in 2015, loves teaching at Ralph Downs and considers herself to be a full-fledged Roadrunner! She also loves reading, entertaining, sewing and spending time with her two daughters, their husbands and her two grandchildren, Harrison and Everett.