Distinguished Alumni Award 2006
Linda Cassady Pelton

Linda PeltonA desire for lifelong learning and willingness to go the extra mile for her students began when Linda Cassady Pelton received an A.A. in business from Cameron in 1965. At Cameron she served on the yearbook and newspaper staffs, was secretary and president of the Future Business Leaders of America and served as secretary in the Military Science Department.

She has earned three master's degrees  one from the University of Central Oklahoma in reading and two from the University of Oklahoma, one in special education and one in administration and curriculum plus registry training in many areas of special education.

Pelton has taught in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for more than 34 years at the high school, middle school and elementary levels. She currently teaches special education classes at Andrew Johnson Elementary School. Her students have benefitted from more than $22,000 in grants she has initiated, developed and implemented.

A multitasker, Pelton has intertwined her career in education with her community service. On Sunday mornings you can find her teaching special needs adults at Portland Avenue Baptist Church. She has taught evening GED classes for Asian Americans. During summers, she has taught at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center. She took a leadership role with the American Red Cross during the May 1999 Oklahoma tornadoes when she worked at the Disaster Command Relief Center. On behalf of the American Federation of Teachers, she has held multiple leadership roles and was featured in the Washington Post when she attended the 2004 national conference in Washington, D.C. She is president of the Northwest Casady Kiwanis Club and is a 2006 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Program, an innovative leadership training program for individuals who desire to have an impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

A few of the honors Pelton has received include Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Excellent Educator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Excellence Award, Oklahoma Seeds of Success Winner, Fox-TV Golden Apple Award, and UC Outstanding Alumni Award. Pelton's Pathways, a walking path, has been built at her school in honor of her service to the community and the school.