On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, Rattan Public School welcomed a new superintendent to their administration team, Mrs. Shari Pillow. Mrs. Pillow came to us from Comanche County in Southwestern Oklahoma, where she had lived all of her life. After her and her husband Bobby purchased a place close to Rattan, she heard about Rattan’s previous superintendent, Bruce Lawless’s, retirement.
Mrs. Pillow has been in public education for 28 years, starting her teaching career at the Elementary school level. After teaching for twelve years, and receiving her administration degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, she began her career in administration. Mrs. Pillow has been involved at each level in the school system (elementary, junior high, and high school) as an administrator and has also held an Assistant Superintendent's position as well as a Superintendent's position.
Although an accomplished educator and administrator, this wasn’t Mrs. Pillow’s original choice for a career path. Originally she was an accounting major until talking to her aunt. They discussed how Shari didn’t feel that she would be happy sitting at a desk everyday punching numbers. Shari’s aunt, who was in the education field, began telling her about the day to day events she encountered while at work. Shari switched her major to Education her senior year.
“I am excited to continue my career here at Rattan. I love children and I appreciate the opportunity to work with them,” said Mrs. Pillow. “Our children are the future and they are worth all that we can give them. I believe strongly that we must provide a strong educational foundation for children to build their lives upon.”
Mrs. Pillow and her husband Bobby have been married for 30 years and have two daughters, which they are extremely proud of. The eldest, Cassidy Teague and her husband Steven live in Wichita Falls, TX., and Jessica, their youngest, is currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma Speech Pathology Graduate Studies Program.
Mr. and Mrs. Pillow decided to move to Southeastern Oklahoma because this area is well suited to raise cattle, which fit their business perfect since that is what they do. Together her and her husband raise Black Angus bulls, along with a few bucking bulls.
“This area seems like a wonderful community and everyone has been so nice to us. We have been so graciously welcomed and we are very excited to be here and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you,” said Pillow. “We hope to become a part of this area and plan on being her for a very long time!”