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Welcome our new Indian Ed Specialist


Rich Pawpa is a 1990 graduate from Shawnee High School. He is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and former JOM student. He attended Northeastern State University on an athletic scholarship and received his Bachelors in 1998. He has worked in education over the past 15 years primarily focusing on educating disadvantaged youth. Prior to joining Broken Arrow Public Schools as the Indian Education Specialist, Mr. Pawpa was the Curriculum Coordinator for the Osage Nation. His background is rooted within at risk youth/adult through the Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma Juvenile Association. He has served as a teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Director from 1998 to present for various state entities. His wife Randi teaches and coaches in the Broken Arrow Public School system. The Pawpa’s two children, Caden and Cambri attend Broken Arrow Public Schools. “I am excited about the numerous opportunities for the students to be involved in both academically and culturally that this program provides. Every day, this program reaches a student makes it a "Great Day to be a Tiger!"