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.
Board hires 3 assistant principals, 1 administrative intern
Three educators will be moving up as assistant principals in the Edmond School District. Christopher Helling was hired as assistant principal at Edmond North High School moving from Santa Fe High School; Anthony Rose, assistant principal at Cheyenne Middle School moving from Memorial High School; and Katy Korstjens, assistant principal at Cimarron Middle School moving from Sequoyah Middle School.
Jason Engelke will be an administrative intern at Charles Haskell Elementary School moving from John Ross Elementary.
Deer Creek Schools District hires 2 principals for 2012-13
Grove Creek Elementary’s new principal, Kelly Faught, is moving from the Edmond School District to take her new position in the Deer Creek School District.
Faught has spent 20 years in education and is a National Board Certified Teacher with a master’s degree in education. She is working on her doctorate with hopes to finish her dissertation in the fall. Most recently she was the principal at Charles Haskell Elementary in the Edmond Public School District. She is a member of the Education Leadership Class of Oklahoma and Putnam City Schools Foundation Excellent Educator.
“I started my career in education as a classroom teacher with the goal of making a positive difference in students’ lives,” Faught said. “I have really enjoyed the principalship, as it has allowed me the opportunity to connect with students, teachers, and parents on a larger scale.”
Melissa Jordan will be leading Deer Creek High School’s Freshman Academy when doors open at the high school this fall. She was assistant principal at Deer Creek High School last year after moving from North Carolina where she had been a classroom teacher for four years, an assistant principal for four years and a principal for one year in public schools.
“My goal this school year is to help the students and parents of the Class of 2016 make an easy transition to high school,” Jordan said. “The staff of the Freshman Academy are dedicated to educating, supporting and challenging our students while guiding their transition to high school life. It’s going to be a great year and we can’t wait to meet the Class of 2016.”
Edmond and Deer Creek school districts have completed hiring new staff for administrative openings.
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EF-5 tornado called 'worst in history'
President Barack Obama pledged the federal government’s full support for disaster relief in what is being called one of the most devastating tornadoes in history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed a team to the state.
Edmond detective describes tornado devastation
Like other Oklahomans, Edmond Police Detective Marion Cain was keeping an eye on the weather Monday.
The storm, which produced the tornado began at 2:45 p.m., about 4.4 miles west of Newcastle and its 20-mile long path went through Newcastle, Moore and south Oklahoma City. About 10 minutes after it formed, it was already causing EF4 damage. Maximum winds of the tornado, upgraded to an EF5, were 200-210 mph, according to information released at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service. Its estimated maximum width was 1.3 miles.
UPDATE: How to donate, find drop-off locations for relief supplies
Below is a listing of where donations may be taken in the Edmond area to help the Moore/Oklahoma tornado victims:
• The Edmond Sun is serving as a drop-off location for the downtown Edmond area. Supplies only may be dropped off at 123 S. Broadway and residents may use the backdoor to enter the building. Parking is available behind the building at the Festival Market Place. From 5-10 p.m. donations may be taken to Café Evoke, 103 S. Broadway.
• Edmond North High School is serving as a drop-off location for bottled water through today
• Memorial High School is serving as a drop-off location for food through today.
• Santa Fe High School is serving as a drop-off location for supplies such as work gloves, tools, etc. through today.
Edmond high schools aid Moore, OKC tornado victims
Sometimes good things come from texting.
Monday afternoon, Sydney Richardson, who will be Santa Fe’s student body president next year, was driving home and it was raining. Once home, she talked to her mother, who told her about the tornado in Moore. Then she began seeing the damage on TV.
“It was devastating,” Richardson said. “We watched it all night long. I just felt like we needed to do something immediately.”
City schedules debris collection for May 28
The City of Edmond’s Field Services Division of Public Works will be collecting storm-related debris from the May 19 tornado in accordance with the City of Edmond’s Emergency Operation Plan’s Level Two Response.
Affected areas where debris pick up will occur include in the area beginning one-half mile south of 15th Street to 33rd Street and from Boulevard Avenue east to I-35; and the Territories and Timberlake additions. Please see the map for clarification. Pick up is available for residential homes located within the designated boundaries.
Tree debris must be cut into no more than 6-foot sections and must be placed by the curb of the residence no later than 8 a.m. May 28. Crews will begin collection on Tuesday and continue until they have covered the area.
Storm shelter inquiries up; customers take a number
After the horrific tornado set down in Moore Monday afternoon, storm shelter inquiries hit new highs.
Tuesday Ashley Cunningham, office manager for Red Dirt Septic on Waterloo Road in Edmond, and Mark Webb, owner of the Armor Vault Tornado Shelter in Oklahoma City, said their phones have been ringing consistently starting Monday afternoon.
Insurers respond to Moore disaster
Insurers, like other agencies related to the Moore tornado disaster, are assessing the damage.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department has made an emergency declaration, allowing out-of-state adjusters to work storm damaged areas, said agency spokeswoman Calley Herth. It’s too soon to have tabulated damage estimates, Herth said.
“We are working hard to collect any and all numbers, but it’s just too soon at this moment,” she said.
AG issues charity fraud and schemes alert
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Tuesday issued a warning for Oklahomans and donors around the country to beware of charity fraud and scams following the severe storms in Oklahoma.
VIDEO: Pres. Obama's remarks on the Okla. tornado
President Obama speaks on Monday's deadly Okla. tornado.
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