Hoover's Lauri Pollock retiring after 38 years

posted May 4, 2018, 1:39 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 4, 2018, 1:41 PM ]
Lauri Pollock
Lauri Pollock, who has taught Physical Education at Hoover Elementary School for 36 years, will be retiring after 38 years in education.

There will be a retirement reception for Ms. Pollock in the Hoover library at 512 SE Madison Blvd on Tuesday, May 22 from 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Ms. Pollock is also Hoover's 2018 Teacher of the Year, and was the school's 2008 Teacher of the Year. She grew up in Bartlesville, participating in high school basketball, softball, and volleyball. She has taught swimming for over forty years. 

Lauri received a basketball scholarship and a four-year volleyball scholarship to Northeastern Oklahoma State University, where she also played softball. She earned her bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She taught P.E. and coached for two years in San Benito, Texas before returning to Bartlesville to teach P.E. and to coach.

A long-term leader of the district's elementary school P.E. program, she was also a regional volleyball coach of the year in 1987-88. More recently, Ms. Pollock worked with Hoover Principal René Burns on a Cherokee Nation grant which included pre and post fitness testing and teaching gardening, with classes growing plants. The grant funded $15,000 towards seven pieces of steel fitness equipment for the playground. That grant led to another $10,000 grant from the Credit Union to install a 200-meter track. A third grant from Project Fit America provided an outdoor fitness center and numerous indoor equipment, games, and activities, including sportsmanship and character building. Ms. Pollock also participated in Jump Rope for Heart, earning roller skates and a rock wall from a walk-a-thon fundraiser. 

Lauri is a member of Bartlesville First Church and serves in many capacities. She has completed Stephen Ministry Training on caregiving for those in need and was part of missions to Puerto Rico and Estonia.

Ms. Pollock has stated, "I want the gymnasium to be a place where all students will feel good about themselves, learn how to work with others, and know it is okay to make mistakes. Their physical well-being works hand-in-hand with their classroom performance and is a lifetime skill they should maintain. It is extremely rewarding to know that I am aiding students with the tools they need to become better students in the classroom."
Lauri Pollock's retirement reception

Granger Meador,
May 4, 2018, 1:39 PM