The Edmond Sun

April 10, 2014

Perry takes on Summit principal position

School district begins search for Orvis Risner post

Heather Moery
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Shana Perry was named the new principal of Summit Middle School starting for the 2014-15 school year. The Edmond Board of Education voted on the personnel change at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Perry, the current principal at Orvis Risner Elementary School, said she is looking forward to the experience and helping the school grow.

“It’s been an honor to serve as principal of Orvis Risner for the last two years,” Perry said. “Knowing that Summit is a flagship school within our district and the longevity of tenure of Mrs. Witmer, I know there are pretty big shoes to fill.”

Prior to becoming principal at Orvis Risner Elementary School, Perry was a principal and assistant principal at Mid-Del Public Schools for five years, she attended Putnam City Public Schools for her assistant principal internship year and has taught at several intercity and suburban school districts.

Perry also was named the 2012-13 middle school principal of the year for the state of Oklahoma and went on to become one of the top three finalists for national teacher of the year.

Perry will replace current principal Desarae Witmer, who is leaving Edmond Public Schools to accept a position with Oklahoma City Public Schools. Witmer said her new position will be associate director of secondary education and reform and will work with middle schools and high schools within the Oklahoma City school district.

Witmer, who has been principal of Summit Middle School for the past 11 years, said she will miss a lot of great people she’s met in Edmond.

“I’ve had a wonderful experience with parents, teachers and students,” Witmer said. “It’s truly been a blessing.”

Before becoming principal at Summit Middle School, Witmer was assistant principal at Central Middle School for three years.

The job opening for principal of Orvis Risner Elementary School will be posted on the Edmond school district’s website soon, said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement with Edmond Public Schools.

In other business after executive session, the school board approved the renewal of 38 contracts for assistant principal positions throughout the district for the 2014-15 school year.

Those whose contracts were renewed include Lisa Adams, Santa Fe High School; Rebecca Arnold, Central Middle School; Michele Bardrick, Centennial Elementary; Lynette Brown, Sequoyah Middle School; Jamila Crawford, Cross Timbers Elementary; Debreon Davis, Memorial High School; Robert Denison, Santa Fe High School; Jeri Doane, John Ross Elementary; Brian Eccellente, North High School; Kimberly Frank, Charles Haskell Elementary; Kevin Garcia, Orvis Risner Elementary; Michelle Grinsteiner, Summit Middle School; Kacy Harsha, Sequoyah Middle School; Joel Heath, Central Middle School; Chris Helling, North High School; Carrie Higdon, Memorial High School; Catherine Johnston, Santa Fe High School; Beth Kanaly,  West Field Elementary; James Keeton, Summit Middle School; Katy Korstjens, Cimarron Middle School; Brandon Kysar, Memorial High School; Christine Lugafet, Angie Debo Elementary; Nicole Marler, Will Rogers Elementary; Linda McElvany,  Sequoyah Middle School; Laura McGee, Summit Middle School; Debra McWatters, Cheyenne Middle School; Mack Mitchell, North High School; Jeff Nemocek, Boulevard Academy; Julie Plant, Chisholm Elementary; James Pratt, Sunset Elementary; Tracy Rich, Washington Irving Elementary; Cindy Radford, John Ross Elementary; Anthony Rose, Cheyenne Middle School; Suzie Shumate, Santa Fe High School; Crystal Smith, Frontier Elementary; Emily Steele, Memorial High School; Stephanie Tulp, Cross Timbers Elementary; Michelle Wartley, Ida Freeman Elementary and Tara White, Northern Hills Elementary.