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Barbara Elkins

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Atoka County

Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Educator (also serves in Pushmataha county)

P. O. Box 1080, CourthouseAtoka, OK 889-7337

Areas of Expertise

Human Development and Family Science

Nutritional and Food Sciences

4-H and Youth Development


Community Development


Curriculum Development

Teaching Programs

About Me

My personal mission is to help students and adult participants to become critical and creative thinkers, and always life-long learners.


I became an educator because of the influence of two very special teachers in my life. One was my elementary teacher and the other my home economics teacher. Both instilled in me a desire to learn and encouraged me to continue learning, and to share that inspiration with others.


My elementary teacher was a part of my whole life. First she was my teacher, and then became a co-worker at school, part of my church family, a very dear friend and, ironically, I became her teacher and leader in OHCE. My home economics teacher helped me to see that life can always be better, and wholesome and fulfilling.


I followed the same pathway as these two wonderful women by becoming an elementary teacher and home economics teacher. I even followed the same pathway as my home economics teacher in the Extension Service by working in the same counties as she had previously worked. I hold a bachelor in education degree, in family and consumer science and elementary education from East Central University; master’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University and East Central University; and have done post-graduate work in administrative and counseling areas.



  • Co-Parenting
  • Active Parenting
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Pathways to Success
  • Food Preservation
  • Cooking Schools for youth and adults
  • Basic sewing and quilting classes for youth and adults
  • LEAD diabetic classes
  • Leadership training for OHCE and 4-H groups
  • Nutrition classes for adults and youth
  • Roles and responsibilities of fair boards
  • Judging guidelines for judging county fairs
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