Edmond and Deer Creek school districts have completed hiring new staff for administrative openings.
In Edmond, seven principals were hired, most from within the school district, while Deer Creek hired two principals for the 2012-13 school term.
Cordell Ehrich began his teaching career in a band room in 2003. He spent the next eight years in the Edmond School district where he spent the past two years at Cheyenne Middle School as an assistant principal.
“I chose to teach because of the incredible impact made on my life by teachers; I wanted to have the same opportunity to positively invest in students’ lives,” Ehrich said.
“As I taught, the desire to have an even larger impact in the school in which I worked led me to pursue administration. I love working with students, especially those in middle school, and helping them discover their dreams and achieve them.”
Angie Debo’s new principal Candice Delcamp said, “Education has always been a priority for my family. An avid learner myself, I love watching students develop a lifelong love of learning.”
She received her Masters of Education degree in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma.
Delcamp is coming from Cross Timbers Elementary where she worked closely with the PTO to revamp the Vision Makers program, an art program for K-4. She was responsible for the Reading Sufficiency Program and supervised the Tutoring Program. She was the director of the My Friends Summer House program.
Delcamp said she is excited to partner with teachers, parents and students to create a loving and nurturing environment in which children can excel at Angie Debo.
Susanna Dougherty said she entered education because she always has had a passion for children and learning and wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
Dougherty has a Masters of Teaching degree in education and in education administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.
She has been in education for 19 years, and after teaching for 15 years, Dougherty said she decided to pursue an administrative position.
“I wanted to challenge myself and use my passion, experience and knowledge in a different capacity,” Dougherty said. “Being a principal is an opportunity for me to continue to touch children’s lives and to promote student learning as a leader in a positive, nurturing environment. I was fortunate to become a part of the first Edmond Public Schools’ Administrative Cohort. My learning experiences within the cohort were invaluable. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to be the principal at Washington Irving.”
A National Board Certified Teacher, Dougherty was named Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2009.
Orvis Risner principal Penny Dilg has been reassigned to Russell Dougherty where she will be following in retiring principal Paula Stafford’s footsteps.
“I am thrilled to be going to Russell Dougherty,” said Dilg.
“I feel like I’m coming full circle. My son went to Russell Dougherty so I’ve been a parent at the school. While he was there, I went back to school to obtain my education degree. He went to the after-school program when I first started teaching in the district. I consider myself very fortunate to be coming back to Russell Dougherty as its principal.”
A 20-year educator, Dayna Hamilton has been on the administrative end for the past 12 years. In 1998-99 she received the Excellent Educator award. She will be taking over as principal at Charles Haskell Elementary School.
“I love learning and want to be able to share that love and develop it in others for a lifetime,” Hamilton said. “I knew I was going to be a teacher at age 7 when I would insist that my baby sister play school with me and I was always the teacher. I can recall making her call me Miss Hamilton.”
Hamilton said she always has wanted to make the largest impact in educating students and not just limit herself to one classroom.
“I want to facilitate and lead a school culture of respect, support and encouragement,” Hamilton said. “I truly believe that good instruction and learning can only exist in a positive climate and a culture where hard work of teachers and students is valued.”
Shana Perry, the incoming principal at Orvis Risner Elementary in Edmond, and former principal of Del Crest Middle School in Del City, has been named a finalist in the 2013 MetLife/
NASSP National Principal of the Year Program.
Perry is working on her doctorate at Oklahoma State University with only her dissertation left to complete.
While meeting the school’s racially diverse, high-poverty students including establishing a safe, welcoming environment, Perry initiated professional learning communities, data analysis teams and professional development allowing her teachers to strengthen instruction and personalize learning.
“The EPS district mission statement boldly proclaims, ‘Empowering ALL students to succeed in a changing society,’ and I want to be a part of that,” Perry said. “I want to bring my skill set and passion to the stakeholders of EPS, but especially Orvis Risner Elementary.”
Perry said people are her priority and everything else will fall in line because of her purposeful building of rapport with all stakeholders.
“It costs nothing but time and commitment and I have plenty of it,” Perry said.
Jason Hayes has served as an assistant principal at Edmond Memorial High School for the past five school years and is taking the position as Cimarron principal.
“Cimarron is a well-respected school with a long tradition of academic excellence,” Hayes said. “I have been fortunate to watch as incoming students (over half from Cimarron each year) transform into Memorial graduates who accomplish amazing things both in and out of the classroom.
“It will be my goal to work with the faculty and parents of Cimarron Middle School to fully prepare our students for success at the high school level both academically and socially.”
Tara Fair was named the Associate Superintendent of Education Services. Formerly the principal at Central Middle School, Fair has been working in the capacity of Education Services Coordinator, Title I.
Edmond and Deer Creek school districts have completed hiring new staff for administrative openings.
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Edmond church to host free eye clinic
An Edmond church and Feed the Children are partnering to provide a free eye clinic.
Individuals will be able to receive a free vision test and free prescription eye glasses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Waterloo Road Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road. All ages are welcome and registration is not required.
July could be coolest in weather record books
With chances for soaking rains and unseasonably cool temperatures becoming frequent, a weather expert is increasingly convinced Oklahoma will end up with a historic July.
At mid-afternoon Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecast for Edmond called for the high Wednesday to be near 73 with a 90 percent chance of heavy rain, followed by the high Thursday near 78 with a 30 percent chance of showers.
Highs are expected to remain in the 80s into Monday.
Downtown Master Plan accepted by council
The 2014 Downtown Master Plan Study was accepted by a 3-0 vote Tuesday evening by the Edmond City Council.
Fort Worth-based consulting group Freese and Nichols presented their final update to the 1998 Downtown Master Plan. The city hired the group at a cost of $300,000 to make recommendations for future development of Broadway in the central business district.
“There are clearly some short-term (parking) options that we feel should move forward,” said Cody Richardson, of Freese and Nichols consultants of Fort Worth. “Better signage at existing parking lots.”
UCO forensic volunteer wants to aid more agencies
A four-person group of forensic investigators who volunteer their time to help smaller Oklahoma police departments isn’t enough to meet demand, a member said.
Kama King, who recently completed her graduate research and will be a member of the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute, said outside of full-time jobs, members of the group volunteer to assist these agencies.
As her career progresses, King hopes to help establish a permanently funded organization available to any agency in the state to assist in remains recovery as well as related training.
Lambrecht Construction to build office
The commercial site plan of a physician’s office was approved recently by the Edmond Planning Commission by a vote of 4-0.
Lambrecht Construction plans to build the office at 3917 E. Covell Road in the Fairfax Business Office, north of Covell and west of Sooner Road, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
More cameras monitoring Edmond motorists
The Edmond City Council this week approved a services agreement with Electronic Technology, Inc. For the installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems’ video wall system at a cost of $314,620. The vote was 3-0.
ITS is a fiber optic, wireless or hybrid communication system of monitoring road events and equipment in the field, data archiving and predicting traffic volume, said Kent Kacir, an engineer with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.
Shootout of a sale
An original article of the Wild West will be made available at auction Thursday. The rifle of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp will be part of the J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s Summer Quarterly Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Earp was an Arizona deputy sheriff and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Ariz. He is legendary for playing a key role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He died in 1929 at age 80.
Wyatt Earp collector Barry Tapp of Edmond will be selling his 1895 Wyatt Earp Marlin rifle at the auction. The rifle has an estimated value between $50,000 and $75,000. It includes authentication documentation from Tombstone Heritage Museum, according to the auction house
UCO forensic researcher answers key question
After working a few human recovery cases on a volunteer basis with a variety of police departments, a question kept bugging Kama King.
“You spend the whole day,” the UCO W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute student said, “sometimes days, searching for someone and only find a skull or a few bones and it just ate at me. Are we not finding this or is it not there to be found?”
Oklahoma sales tax takes a holiday
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and ending at midnight Aug. 3, Oklahomans will be able to participate in a sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain clothing and shoes free of sales tax.
Yes, retailers may not charge tax, including state and local sales taxes on items that are tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday weekend. The sales of clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 are exempted from sales taxes.
Peace through Business empowering women entrepreneurs
Peace Through Business is part of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) based in Oklahoma City. It is a program that connects small business entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda with business owners in Oklahoma. One such entrepreneur found out about the program from a friend, applied, and was accepted to take part in this year’s session.
Upon earning a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universite de Sciences et Technique de Lille in Belgium, Lyliose Nduhungirehe began her career working for a construction company in Brussels, but she quickly switched paths to Information Technology.
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