Principal -- Rod Elam
Rod Elam, the principal of MacArthur High School, is a 37 year veteran educator. He is a native of Lawton. He is married with two grown children and 2 grandchildren. His wife Kim is the director of the LPS enrollment center, responsible for student data and student services. His daughter Kristen is currently the Senior counselor at Elgin. His son Kyle is a teacher and coach at Lawton High School and his daughter-in-law Sheena is a teacher at Central Middle School.
Mr. Elam is a product of Lawton Public Schools. While growing up, he attended Taft Elementary, Tomlinson Junior High, and Lawton High School where he graduated in 1974. After high school he attended Cameron University where he graduated in May of 1979.
He has served as a teacher and coach at Eisenhower Junior High School from 1979-1986. He taught and coached in the Oklahoma City area for 3 years, 1 at Western Heights and 2 at Jones High School. In 1990 he began teaching and coaching at MacArthur Junior High where he spent 14 years, 11 years as a teacher and coach and 3 years as an assistant principal. During his years at MJHS, he was able to earn his Master’s degree in secondary administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In June of 2004 he was transferred to MacArthur High School as an assistant principal. In August of 2004, the district determined that Mr. Elam would be transferred to Eisenhower High School where he served 5 years as an assistant principal and 6 years as the head principal. In June of 2015 the district chose to move Mr. Elam back to MacArthur High School to serve as the head principal. Email
Angela Cordes is a proud graduate of LPS. She attended Eisenhower Senior High School where she graduated with honors and ran cross country and track and participated in Gentry Singers Show Choir. She has two sons; Branden, 20, who is a Mac graduate and Kye, 15, who is a freshman at Mac.
Mrs. Cordes also attended OU, ECU and Cameron and has Masters Degrees in Teaching, Educational Leadership and School Counseling. She taught Spanish for five years before becoming a school counselor. She was a counselor for 6 years and became a principal five years ago. In her spare time, Mrs. Cordes enjoys watching MHS and OU football, running/working out, portrait photography and working at her boutique, Tatas For Now, that was created after her battle with breast cancer two years ago. Although she is an IKE grad, her love for Mac runs deeper than she ever would have imagined. Email
Laura Puccino was born in Lawton and has proudly called Lawton her home for the last 32 years. Mrs. Puccino has 2 children: Jessica, 24, and Tony, 14, and 2 grandchildren: Bentley and Brice. Mrs. Puccino graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education. Currently, Mrs. Puccino attends the University of Oklahoma and is in her 3 rd year of her doctoral studies.
Mrs. Puccino has been with Lawton Public Schools for 22 years and has been an administrator at Tomlinson Middle School, Eisenhower High School, and MacArthur High School. When not busy with school work, Mrs. Puccino enjoys watching her son play baseball and attending MacArthur games. Mrs. Puccino enjoys running and sometimes still competes. She also enjoys reading, going on vacation to the beach, and enjoying her family. Mrs. Puccino is proud to be back at Mac and looks forward to her son’s graduation as a Highlander! Go Big Mac! Email
Danny Smith was born and raised in Lawton,OK. He has 2 brothers and 1 sister. His first house was on Oklahoma Street, in Lawton View. He Went to Head-Start at Douglas and attended grade school at Will Rogers and Almor West. In 1982, Mr Smith Graduated from MacArthur and was voted Outstanding Male Athlete while competing in multiple sports, including wrestling, cross-country, track and football. He would later go on to letter in the sport of wrestling at Oscar Rose Jr. College in Midwest City, OK.
Mr Smith is starting his 21 st year with Lawton Public Schools. He has taught English and coached football and wrestling at Central Middle School and MacArthur Middle School. He is currently starting his 4th year as a principal at MacArthur High School. Ironically, Mr Smith did not start out as an educator because he came from a family of educators. He actually wanted to be a writer for National Geographic Magazine. As soon as he was out of college, he started volunteer-coaching at MacArthur Junior High at the request of his uncle, Speedy Gonzalez (a long-time coach and teacher at LPS) and realized he really liked working with kids. Teaching and coaching was a calling that became too hard to resist.he probably will never be rich but the rewards of working with kids to help them better themselves are vast and cherished! In that respect,he is truly rich! Email
Tony Terrill is the father of 3 children: Caden 14, Abby 12 and Harper age 2. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and International Studies. Mr Terrill also holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree from Cameron University. He Taught History and Geography for 8 years in Lawton and Elgin, ran for State Senate District in 2012 unsuccessfully, and is currently the assistant principal at Macarthur High School. In his spare time he helps political candidates with their campaigns. Mr Terrill also enjoys reading, fishing, hiking and snow skiing. He also LOVES the DALLAS COWBOYS!! Email