1952 Selman Field Elementary Second Grade
Some people called this the first multi-racial class in Ouachita Parish. Yet, the first year teacher handled the situation without fanfare or the problems many experienced in the 60s.
1955 Drew Elementary School First Grade
1957 Drew Elementary School
Oreatha received her Masters degree from
La Tech in 1962. She later received her
Plus 30 designation also.
During her 35 years in education, Oreatha served in classroom, supervisory and administrative positions.
Selman Field Elem., Drew Elementary, Lakeshore Elementary
Ouachita Parish Media Center Director
Ouachita Parish Reading and Math Coordinator
She served as Personnel Director for the Ouachita Parish School System under the administrations of
J. O. Lancaster, S. T. Howell and Lanny Johnson, retiring in 1986.
J. O. Lancaster wrote her the following: "people like yourself have made a tremendous contribution to my success as Superintendent. . . .Your unselfish contributions, loyalty and persistance at things that you knew to do, have really made me look good!"
Oreatha served as President of
the Ouachita Classroom Teachers Association
the Fifth District Classroom Teachers Association, and
the Northeast Louisiana Reading Association
In 1973 she was the recipient of the Mildred Muirhead Award for outstanding professional service to teaching, presented by the Fifth District Classroom Teachers Assn.
Reading to Highland Elementary Second Grade in 1984, her grandson's class.
1969 Lakeshore Elementary