The Edmond Sun

April 4, 2013

Edmond Schools names 5 new principals

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Five new elementary school principals were named Monday by the Edmond Board of Education. They will replace principals who are retiring, moving out of state or changing positions within the district at the end of the year.

“The selection of a principal for a school is very important as they set the tone of the school,” said School Board President Jamie Underwood. “We were very pleased we had a quality pool of candidates to choose from, and I am excited about our selection of principals and am looking forward to working with them.

Kartina McDaniel is the new principal of Sunset Elementary. She previously has worked as a nationally board certified teacher, principal and most recently as assistant principal at John Ross Elementary. She will be replacing Joann Simpson-Miller, who will be retiring in May.

Teri Cowden-Draper is the new principal at Clegern Elementary. She has 15 years classroom teaching experience in three districts and has achieved National Board Certification. She has been an assistant principal since 2006 at Northern Hills Elementary and will be replacing Bill Powell, who will be retiring in May.

Lisa Crosslin is the new principal of West Field Elementary. Crosslin previously worked as a nationally board certified teacher, counselor, principal and REAC3H regional coach and trainer. She will be replacing Cara Jernigan, who will be opening Frontier Elementary as the new principal.

Michele Milner is the new principal at Northern Hills Elementary. Her background includes training as an early childhood teacher, reading specialist and administrator. She has been a teacher for nearly a decade and a principal in Purcell for the last five years. Milner will be replacing Suzy Armishaw, whose husband was transferred.

Christa Ellis is the new principal at John Ross Elementary. She taught fourth- and fifth-grade in Edmond for five years, and she also has served as an assistant principal at Sunset and John Ross. She will be replacing Ruthie Riggs who has moved to the position of Director of Elementary Education.

“Assistant principals have not been named as so many of them interviewed for the principal positions,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information-community involvement for Edmond Public Schools.