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Cooper Elementary Principal Dr. Joy Modenbach

Dr. Modenbach began her career in 1995. She has worked for Jenks Public Schools, Putnam City Public Schools, and Town & Country private school. She joined Tulsa Public Schools in 2011 at Hoover Elementary, as the assistant principal.  The following year, she became the principal at Cooper Elementary and this is her 8th year as principal at Cooper.

Dr. Modenbach’s educational credentials include her Bachelor's degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities as well as her Master’s from the University of Central Oklahoma in Public School Administration.  She received her Doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University in Curriculum and Social Foundations.

I am honored to have the opportunity to continue inspiring, reaching and teaching all students at Cooper Elementary.  I am passionate about education and ensuring we have an environment that is exciting, engaging, rigorous, and safe for all students. Building strong, positive relationships with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community are integral to success of Cooper Elementary.


Cooper Elementary Assistant Principal Anisa Jones

Anisa Jones began her career while attending the University of Tulsa. She sang for churches, theatre productions, public and private events including Discoveryland and Tulsa Opera. Mrs. Jones began teaching music from her home and in a private school,  transitioning into public education shortly thereafter.

She has served in Sapulpa and Sand Springs school districts as a choral director, an English teacher, a technology teacher and in leadership for both elementary and secondary schools. She is a licensed Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors. Mrs. Jones joined TPS in 2018 as the assistant principal at Celia Clinton Elementary School. 

She and her husband have been married for 28 years and have 4 sons ranging in ages 17 to 25, and one daughter-in-love. They also have a tiny poodle named Tootie. Mrs. Jones especially enjoys interacting with students and teachers through her love of theatre. Mrs. Jones’ educational credentials include her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tulsa and her Master of Arts degree  from Southern Nazarene University in School Leadership & Administration.  

She holds additional coursework in counseling and the exceptional child. “I am excited to be a Cooper Cowboy!" says Mrs. Jones.  "I have my cowboy hat ready and I will be at the front greeting you with a great big HOWDY every morning!”

Joy Modenbach

Anisa Jones
Assistant Principal