OKLAHOMA CITY — A member of the state Board of Education is resigning to pursue a potential statewide race for the job currently held by State Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Joy Hofmeister announced her resignation Wednesday and says she's thinking about running for the very position she oversaw as a board member.
Hofmeister says she is an advocate for implementation of meaningful reforms for Oklahoma's education system. Hofmeister says that has led her to strongly consider seeking the position of state superintendent.
Hofmeister was appointed to the board by Gov. Mary Fallin in January 2012. She is a former public school teacher and is now president of a company in Tulsa that owns and operates a franchise of an international firm that provides academic enrichment in math and reading to children in 47 countries.
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Joy Hofmeister, a former public school teacher, is president of JLH Resources, Inc. d/b/a Kumon of South Tulsa, a local franchise of the international firm that provides academic enrichment in math and reading to children in 47 countries. Joy graduated from Eastwood High School in Tulsa. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Christian University, as well as teaching certificates in English and Elementary Education. She serves on the board of directors for the Jenks Public Schools Foundation, Select Committee for Study of School Finance, and has served on curriculum adoption committees at the district level and curriculum advisory committees for Kumon North America. Joy has significant experience working with Special Education teams, parent advocates, and students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). She also has participated in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) research testing. Joy and her husband, Gerald Hofmeister, have four children; two in college, and two in high school.