To the Editor:
Steve Roy has spent the past 16 years as an active and involved parent in the Edmond Public School District. He continually “stepped up to the plate” as a leader and volunteer in making schools a safe, enjoyable and efficient place for all students to learn. Be it a request by a teacher, administrator or parent, he always tackled any task no matter how big or small in helping make each school site the best it could be.
Through active elementary, middle and high school involvement, Roy has developed strong relationships with teachers, parents and students. As an EPSD employee, I have personally watched Roy positively impact the lives of hundreds of students.
As Roy became an active member of the Edmond community in making public school a better place for his own children, something quite unexpected occurred. He discovered a calling to help all students, not just his own.
What you see in Roy the public figure and businessman, is the same person of character you see in his own private life. He and his wife Kathy have created together a wonderful and loving home environment. The Roy family home has been just this type of place for many of their own children’s friends as well. And how fortunate for my own son, to have been one of those lives positively influenced by Roy.
What initially started for me as an appreciation for Roy the PTA board member at Sunset Elementary many years ago, developed into a friendship between us. As an EPSD employee, and on a personal level, I know Roy to be a person of high integrity, he exhibits morality above reproach, and has an openness and honesty that makes him truly stand out as a community leader.
How fortunate for our students, families and all residents of Edmond, to have such a compassionate, ethical and tireless leader in this new role. Please join me in demonstrating support for Steve Roy, and vote for him as our newest school board member.
KEN ELLIOTT is an Edmond school counselor at Sunset Elementary and Oklahoma’s 2011-12 Elementary School Counselor of The Year.