Angela CotnerProfessor of English
Division of English and Humanities
Courses TaughtEnglish Composition 1
English Composition 2
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Success in College and Life
BiographyBoth of my parents are natural teachers. My mother taught me to cook and to enjoy reading. My father taught me to drive a tractor, to change a tire, and to shoot an arrow into a bale of hay(essential bits of information necessary in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, where I grew up).
I began my college education intending to teach high school English and received a bachelor's degree in English Education. After not finding a teaching job right out of college, I began work on a master's degree in American Studies, which is a combination of American literature and American history. While in graduate school, I began a teaching assistantship. I immediately loved it and knew I did not want to teach anything except college classes.
I eventually went to law school, where my research and writing skills helped me greatly. While practicing law for a short time, I knew I wanted to return to the college classroom. I began as an adjunct professor at OCCC and am now a full-time professor.
There is no better job than being a college professor. I enjoy teaching students new ways of looking at issues and approaching problems in philosophy courses, and I enjoy teaching students critical thinking and organizational skills in composition and Success courses.