Human Resources Contact Information
Lori Boots, Director of Human Resources
918-684-3700 extension 1626
Lori Boots has been Director of Human Resources at Muskogee Public Schools since October 2017. Prior to joining MPS she served as Human Resources Manager with Walmart Distribution Center 6035 in Ottawa, Kan. since 2013. She spent three years as HR Project Manager with Walmart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Ark. and six years as Human Resources Manager at the Walmart Distribution Center 7015 in Bartlesville, Okla. Boots spent eight years as a Human Resources Manager with American Insulated Wire Corporation. She earned her Associate of Arts from Coffeyville Community College before obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Tami Gardenhire, Human Resources Specialist - Certified
Certified Employees - AESOP, Substitutes, New Hires, Contracts, Stipends, Certifications & HR Reporting
Desk: 918-684-3700 extension 1621
Tami Gardenhire is Human Resources Specialist for Certified Staff at Muskogee Public Schools a position she has held since November 2017. In her role, Gardenhire is the District Aesop and Substitute Coordinator. She joined MPS in January 2001 as an office assistant at Tony Goetz Elementary. She has also worked at the Early Childhood Center, was an attendance secretary at Muskogee High School and most recently served as HR/Payroll Clerk. Prior to joining MPS, Gardenhire spent 15 years in the banking industry serving as a commercial loan processor. She received her degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.
Crystal Firestone, Human Resources Specialist - Classified (Support)
Classified (Support) Employees - Substitutes, New Hires, Contracts, Stipends, & HR Reporting
Desk: 918-684-3700 extension 1692
Crystal Firestone joined Muskogee Public School District in January 2018. She is a native of Muskogee, Oklahoma as well as a graduate of Muskogee High School. She worked in the medical field for over 12 years prior to her transition into the Educational Field. Crystal came to our district with over five years of Human Resource experience and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Southern New Hampshire University. Crystal is excited to use her skills and knowledge to provide continued support to staff to ensure their success.
Tracie Aldridge, Benefits Specialist
Benefits, Retirement/TRS, FMLA, Leaves & Worker’s Compensation
Desk: 918-684-3700 extension 1632
Tracie Aldridge serves Benefit Specialist responsible for all benefits including FMLA, Workers Compensation, American Fidelity Benefits and OMES State Insurance. Mrs. Aldridge joined Muskogee Public Schools in 2016 as Transportation Secretary before moving to Human Resources as Benefits Specialist in 2017. A graduate of Connors State College, Tracie spent 10 years as a dental assistant prior to joining MPS. Tracie and her husband Jeremy have been married since 2009 and have a beautiful daugeter, Kodie Lynn.
Juanelda Lee, Receptionist
Front Desk, HR Records Retention
Desk: 918-684-3700 extension 1610
Juanelda Cullom Lee serves as Education Service Center Receptionist for Muskogee Public Schools. A graduate of Moton High School in Taft, Okla., Juanleda graduated from OSU Tech in Okmulgee. Prior to joining Muskogee Public Schools she served as Activity Fund Director, Child Nutrition Director, and Elementary School Principal for Taft Public Schools.
Mrs. Lee has served in several clerical positions since joining Muskogee Public Schools. She believes “that any school employee can make a positive difference, directly or indirectly, in a child’s life not matter what their job is.” Mrs. Lee enjoys spending time with her two sons, their wives and her four grandchildren.