"Insider Insights: Idabel Employee Experiences Unveiled!"




Preparing Champions For Life!

Working At Idabel

Regina Martin

Regina Martin

I have always loved working for Idabel Public Schools.  There are many reasons why.  I feel that since the beginning of my career, Idabel Public Schools has always put students first. Teaching has definitely changed and evolved over the years, and Idabel has definitely kept up with the changing times.  Especially in the past decade.  I’m often asked where I teach and if I like working there.  My answer will always stay the same.  Absolutely!  More than ever, I feel that we are a family!  Warrior Nation!   The positive environment is growing, as it should.  We take pride in our schools and what we do.   I am very proud to say I have been an employee of IPS for nearly 38 years.  I don’t want to teach anywhere else, and I look forward to what the future brings

"Being part of a team of dedicated educators and staff, who strive to provide the best possible education to their students, can be a truly fulfilling experience. "

Administrators Nashville

Mallarey Martin Matlock

Mallarey Martin Matlock, FCCLA Sponsor

Idabel Public Schools play a vital role in shaping the future of society by providing education to children from all backgrounds. Working at Idabel Public Schools allows its educators to have a direct impact on the lives of their students and the community. Being employed by the Idabel Public school system provides its employees with ample opportunities for professional growth and development. Being part of a team of dedicated educators and staff, who strive to provide the best possible education to their students, can be a truly fulfilling experience. Additionally, working at IPS can be a valuable experience for any educator. Upon graduating from college I knew exactly where I wanted to teach. It was important for me to make a difference in students' lives by giving back to the school system in which I am a product of. 

Living In Idabel

Idabel, Oklahoma is a small town located in the southeastern part of the state, near the border of Texas and Arkansas. The community is known for its friendly and welcoming residents, as well as its rich history and culture.

One of the things that people love most about living in Idabel is the sense of community. There are many events and activities throughout the year that bring people together, including festivals, parades, and sporting events. The town also has a strong sense of pride and tradition, which is reflected in the many historical landmarks and museums that can be found throughout the area.

The town is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, including the McCurtain County wilderness area, which is home to many different species of wildlife and offers a great place for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and hunting.

The cost of living in Idabel is also quite low, making it an affordable place to live. The housing market is relatively stable, and there are plenty of options available for people looking to buy or rent a home.

Overall, living in Idabel, Oklahoma is an enjoyable experience that combines small-town charm with natural beauty and a strong sense of community. It's an ideal place to raise a family, retire, or simply settle down and enjoy a slower pace of life.

Career Opportunities


Ron Clark

"Join our dynamic team at Idabel Public Schools and be a part of a district that is excited to move forward and "Prepare Champions for Life!" We are committed to creating a fun and engaging environment with high expectations for our students and staff. We are currently seeking motivated and enthusiastic instructional experts to help us continue building the best school district in Oklahoma. Be a part of our mission to improve and make a positive impact on the lives of our students. Apply now and take the next step in your career with us!"

Here is What Our Staff Says..

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"I enjoy being an employee of Idabel Public Schools because the school system and the superintendent are extremely supportive of our program.  I enjoy all of the students that I have had the opportunity to work with. The students are hardworking and care a lot about their futures.  I am treated with respect in my position, and appreciate all the support.  I have also been able to take my students on some amazing field trips through the years.  I would not want to work anywhere else."


Melissa Shelton, Idabel Adult Learning Center
HSE Instructor

McDowell 2022

I have taught in Idabel for the past five years. I taught in a much larger district in Texas and retired. I always enjoyed teaching and quickly decided retirement wasn’t for me. Instead of looking forward to retirement, now I dread the day I will have to quit. Teaching in Idabel has re-energized me. The past five years have been the most rewarding of my career. I feel closer to the faculty and staff. I feel closer to the students and parents. I am more connected and involved in the progress of my students. Being a teacher here seems more of a partnership in learning and less like a part of a large organization. The budget may not be the greatest, but support from administration is always there. When I need help, it’s there. Idabel is a great place to teach.

Larry McDowell, Idabel Middle School

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I began working in Idabel Public Schools as a cook in the cafeteria in September of that year. I had worked my way up to managing all 4 campus cafeterias by July of 2020. I formed a close working relationship with the leadership team from our Superintendent to the building principals. In December of 2020 I was made aware of a position that had come open at Idabel Middle School as a paraprofessional. It didn't take me long to decide to apply as this would be the gateway to my dream of Teaching. I applied for that position and was hired in January of 2021. Working for Idabel Public Schools has been the best for many reasons. The most important to me is that our leadership team all individually go far above and beyond what I could ever expect from the leaders of our school district. Our Superintendent is present in every campus and knows everyone on a first name basis. And truly cares about you and your concerns when they may come up. Our Principals are highly skilled professionals and are our life line within the school. Working for Mrs. Bullock has been a true blessing. She takes the time to get to know all of her staff both on a personal and professional level. She is always open and willing to listen and provide feedback when needed. The second most important is the fact that not one position within our district is viewed any less than the other. Our support staff is just as important as the teachers and made to feel just as important. Support staff are supported and encouraged to excel! Lastly, is the love and support we all receive from our community. Our parents, students and others within the community show up and support our school district with any and everything we do. I have never experienced such support from a community until I moved here and more so after becoming part of the Warrior Family. We are a tight knit Warrior Nation and the absolute best School in McCurtain County. 

Thank you Idabel Public Schools!

Charles Stiles

Idabel Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer

Idabel Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state civil rights statutes, laws, and regulations.  Discrimination is prohibited against any person in recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, retention, discipline, pay or other terms and conditions of employment, in access to facilities, in treatment of individuals with disabilities, or in any aspect of operations, because of race, age, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, gender expression or identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.  Discrimination is a violation of the law and will not be condoned or tolerated in the district.

Idabel Public Schools es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades y cumple con todos los estatutos aplicables de derechos civiles federales y estatales, leyes y regulaciones. Se prohíbe discriminar en contra de cualquier persona en el reclutamiento, la selección, la promoción, la transferencia, la retención, la disciplina, los pagos, u otros términos y condiciones del empleo, en el acceso a las instalaciones, en el tratamiento de individuos con discapacidades o en cualquier aspecto de operaciones, debido a la raza, edad, color, religión, nacionalidad, embarazo, género, expresión de género o identidad, sexo, orientación sexual, información genética, discapacidad, o el ser veterano. La discriminación es una violación de la ley y no será justificada ni será tolerada en el distrito.