Complex needs/ Special Education
RCSHS Archery Coach
Special Olympics Coach/Coordinator for Rowan County Schools
Rodburn Elementary 91 Christy Creek
Morehead KY 40351
My name is Donna Oakley. I'm a complex needs teacher at Rodburn Elementary. I specialize in teaching students with Autism. I love working with such unique individuals and I’m truly blest to be able to share each day with my students.
I graduate from Rowan County Senior High School in 1990. I attended MSU and received my BA in Education for both Special Education (MMD) and regular education K-4 and completed my Rank 2 in regular education. I’m currently working on my Rank 1 certification at MSU. I began my teaching career at Morehead Elementary in 1996 and then moved within a few years to Rodburn Elementary school. Special education is my passion. I love working with special needs students!
I’m married to Chris Oakley and we have been married for 24 years. Chris is a fire fighter and EMT. He works for Lexington Fire Department and part time with Rowan County EMS. We have three wonderful children (Summar, Christopher, and Jazlyn) who all have or currently attend schools in Rowan County School District. Summar Oakley graduated from RCSHS in 2016 and she is currently a sophomore at MSU. She is following in my footsteps and soon will have her own classroom. Christopher Oakley graduated from RCSHS in 2017 and he is currently a freshman at Maysville Community College. He is planning on getting a business degree and becoming an electrician. Jazlyn is 13 years old and she is an eighth grade student at RCMS. She loves to play basketball, soccer, archery, ride horses, and loves animals. She plans on be a veterinarian when she grows up.
Through the National Archery in the Schools Program, I have received my (BAI) certification to teach archery. I’m the Archery Coach at RCSHS. This sport is new to the high school as we start our fourth season in January. I love coaching this sport and we continue to grow the program. I’m starting the program early at Rodburn Elementary with training and competing with fourth and fifth grade students.
I have been the coach/coordinator for Rowan County Special Olympics for over 20. Also, I’m the book keeper, coordinator, and fundraiser programmer for Special Olympics for Rowan County’s current students and graduate students with special needs who qualify for the program. Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities eight years and older.
One of my great passions was to get Project Lifesaver program up and running in Rowan County. Project lifesaver primary mission is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. Project Lifesaver technology is a small personal transmitter (which can be worn around an ankle or wrist) which emits an individualized tracking signal. If a registered client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. After, one of my parents brought this wonderful program to my attention we began working on fundraiser’s to promote the program. After having many Autism Awareness walks at Rodburn Elementary and two city wide Autism Awareness walks we raised the money to get the program started. Local fire departments, police departments, and many citizens donated money to get the program and training beginning in August of 2010. As a member of the Rowan County Project Lifesaver committee, I continue to have Autism Awareness walks, other fundraiser, and continue to bring awareness to this program. The clients are continuing to grow and if you know anyone who would benefit from the program contact Danny Blevins at Rowan County EMS or email me.