M.A., University of Tulsa
After she graduated from ORU, an opportunity was presented to her to teach humanities. The department head at the time, Dr. Paul, called and said there was an opening for a humanities professor. She accepted. Fleta considers herself to have stumbled into teaching humanities. It was not what she thought she would have been doing after graduation. During the 2009-2010 school year, Fleta received the 25 year award for teaching at ORU, and she has taught for 28 years altogether. Taking a short break from teaching at ORU, Fleta pursued a master's degree in European History at Tulsa University and completed the degree in 1991.
Fleta thoroughly enjoys humanities because it is a little bit of everything: history, art, music and much more. Having a passion about learning and experiencing different cultures, she and her husband have traveled to Europe many times over the last 12 years. She also loves cooking gourmet food with the fresh vegetables she grows in her own garden.
Fleta has kept up with her music as well. There have been opportunities to be involved with various musical groups in the Tulsa area. She sang in the Tulsa Opera and in the choir at her home church, First Presbyterian Church. Fleta is currently embarking on learning biblical Greek, which is taught at her church.
Fleta believes that ORU is her mission field. Approximately 15 years ago, she realized that teaching was her true calling. "I'm supposed to be modeling Christ to these students." She believes her own trials have deepened her walk with the Lord. "I always want to walk on the path God gave me."
Fleta adamantly believes that "we all go through little sufferings." We all have our crosses to bear, and the way we accept the cross makes a difference in our lives. Suffering and challenges increase our moral strength.
Fleta has been married to her husband for 37 years. They met while she lived in Arizona.