“Marci has served children her whole life, first as a teacher and then as a principal. Upon retirement, she choose to continue serving children and their families as a full time volunteer for Smart Start Central Oklahoma. On any given morning you may be find her in an OKcPS elementary school greeting families as they arrive for the early childhood activities. She is committed to children, empowerment, and the vital role education plays in quality of life and community. She puts children first, using the wisdom she gleaned through her life and work experience to courageously take calculated risks for a better outcome. We have the good fortune of seeing the outcomes of her efforts each year as children enter school for the first time confident and ready to take full advantage of their educational opportunities. Marci is not only a role model for me but a hero as well. She is truly a champion for children. We appreciate your consideration of Marci for this very special award.”