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Principal -- Laura Puccino      


Laura Puccino was born in Lawton and has proudly called Lawton her home for the last 40 years. Dr.  Puccino has 2 children: Jessica, 28, and Tony, 17, and 3 grandchildren: Bentley, Brice, and the 3rd due in February!

Dr. Puccino graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education. Dr. Puccino graduated with a doctorate in education from the University of Oklahoma on Dec. 13, 2020.

Dr. Puccino has been with Lawton Public Schools for 26 years and has been an administrator at Tomlinson Middle School, Eisenhower High School, and MacArthur High School. Dr. Puccino enjoys watching her son play baseball and attending MacArthur games. Dr. Puccino enjoys running and sometimes still competes. She also enjoys reading, going on vacation to the beach, and enjoying her family. Dr. Puccino is proud to be at MAC and looks forward to her son’s graduation as a Highlander! Go Big Mac!






Assistant Principals



Angela Cordes

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, 19, who is a freshman in college.

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

Go Highlanders!         






bossDanny Smith

This is my 21st 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 7th 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











Nicholas Mims

Nicholas Mims was born in Huntsville, Alabama. He comes from a large loving family, whose mother is one of twelve children and grandfather is one of 16 children. He has one brother and a sister. He graduated from Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette, Alabama in 1992. Mr. Mims (also known to us as Coach Mims) is extremely versatile and multi-talented. He has been playing musical instruments since the age of 3 and continued to excel in the science and performance of music all through his college career.

Coach Mims decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps (Reserve) after high school, while taking advantage of the Montgomery G.I. Bill to pay for his college degrees. Not many can say that they have accomplished the feat of serving in not one, but three military branches of service. Coach Mims honorably served in the United States Marine Corps (Reserve), The United States Army, and The United States Air Force (Reserve).

Coach Mims is starting his 20th year with Lawton Public Schools. He has taught Health/Physical Education & Safety MacArthur Middle School. He has coached football, basketball, baseball and track/field at MacArthur Junior High School with his mentor, Coach Virgil A. Maddox. He also coached varsity football at MacArthur High School. He continues his administrative career as assistant principal at MacArthur High School for his 3rd consecutive year.

Coach Mims continues to be a beacon of light and an advocate for empowering today’s youth of the community to strive for greatness. In order to do so, Coach Mims makes it a personal challenge to always, listen, be a life-long learner, and love God and family. Email



nbossSusan Jones

Mrs. Susan Jones was born in Karlsruhe, West Germany. She has 2 sisters and 1 brother that were all raised as “military brats.” Mrs. Jones has moved 10 times throughout her early educational years, so she can’t remember all the schools. Mrs. Jones graduated from Augsburg American High School, where she met her husband of 29 years. Mrs. Jones has four sons, Andre, 31, Terrence 28, Jordan 24, and Antwan, 22, who are all graduates of MacArthur High School. Mrs. Jones has lived in Lawton since 1990 and considers Lawton her home. Mrs. Jones has attended OSU/OKC to pursue a degree in Deaf Interpreting and then changed her major to Social Studies Education at Cameron University. She also received two masters’ degrees from Cameron University, one in Special Education and the other in Educational Leadership. Now Mrs. Jones is pursuing her doctorate at Regent University in Leadership. Her career with Lawton Public Schools began in 2001 as a Deaf Educational Interpreter until 2013 when she became a Special Education Teacher at MacArthur High School. In 2015, she changed to a different curriculum by teaching American Sign Language and Advanced Placement History classes. Although not a graduate of MacArthur, she feels like a Highlander! Once a Highlander, Always a Highlander! Email







Lead Counselor- Class of 2023

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEING A HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR AND A HIGHLANDER! MY FAMILY Is full of MacArthur graduates. My brother, sister and I all graduated here…. Along with 13 other members of the Jackson family!

I am starting my 23rd  year with Lawton Public Schools after six years in the classroom teaching science. I have coached softball, basketball, cheer, and golf during that time. I spent seven years at MacArthur Middle School as the 8th grade counselor before moving up to MacArthur High School as a counselor. I graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science degree and from East Central University with a Master of Education degree.

I have been married to my husband Shawn, a Lawton Fireman, for 15 years and we have two amazing children-- Lexy and Jax. I love spending time with my family and friends and watching sporting events. I love attending  OU football games… Boomer!  Email







Jerri Santos

Once a Highlander always a Highlander! It is an honor to serve the students of MacArthur High School, my alma mater. I graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Masters of Education in School Counseling. I have worked for Lawton Public Schools for 14 years in various roles. I began my career as a middle school coach and Special Education teacher. My counseling career began at MacArthur Middle School as the 8 th grade counselor. My family is my pride and joy. My husband Rafael Santos, two sons Alec and Joshua, and my daughter Hannah. We believe in serving our community as a family through our church, Lawton Kiwanis, Key Club, Great Plains Special Olympics, Teen Court, and the Lawton Public Schools Foundation. We love the Highlanders and are Lawton Proud.  Email








Jennifer Hoffman

I am so happy that I’m the senior counselor this year to the Class of 2021! This is my 24th year with Lawton Public Schools. I was previously a teacher at Sheridan Road Elementary on Fort Sill for 8 years, and then a counselor at MacArthur Middle School for 13 years. I graduated from Cameron University with my Bachelor of Science in elementary education. After teaching for a few years, I pursued my master’s degree in counseling from East Central University and graduated with a Master of Education in counseling K-12. I then began working on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher and received that certification 13 years ago as a Middle Childhood Generalist. I renewed my National Board Certification in counseling a few years ago.

I was born and raised in the Lawton/Ft. Sill area. I graduated high school from Elgin and grew up out by the Wichita Mountains. I have a son, Cooper, who goes to the University of Oklahoma.  Boomer Sooner!  My family attends First Presbyterian Church in Lawton, and we are active members. I enjoy working as a counselor and am eager to work with your children this year. 







Rose Sauseda

I am pleased to be a part of MacArthur High School’s counseling department!  This is my 2nd year as a counselor and my 2nd year at MacArthur.  Before beginning my career in education, I worked for 15 years as a computer programmer for TELOS Corporation in Lawton.  I then began my teaching career working for Cache Public Schools as a high school math teacher.  I spent 22 years at Cache and was the Alternative Education teacher during my last 4 years.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Math/Computer Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from Cameron University.  I am proud to say that my two sons, James and John, graduated from MacArthur High School and have now both graduated from the University of Oklahoma. My husband, Ricky, and I are members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton.  We enjoy spending time with our boys, our two granddaughters, Susan and Caroline, and our grand dog, Lucy. We have always been Sooner fans and love watching OU football!  I have really enjoyed working with my Class of 2022 students, getting to know them, and helping them with any of their needs! Email