A relentless pursuit of lifelong learning.
A dream that began in a 1st grade classroom has carried me all the way to the role of Superintendent at Jenks Public Schools, one of Oklahoma’s largest and most successful districts. My entire career has been devoted to collaborating with colleagues to shape students and their educational experiences.
While pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from OU-Tulsa, my work and research not only fueled my enthusiasm for learning, it equipped me with the confidence and leadership skills necessary to effectively manage a district of more than 12,000 students and 1,500 employees. Participating in the doctoral process also reinforced my devotion to public education. Through my involvement in a variety of state and national organizations, I serve as an advocate for public schools. I represent Jenks Public Schools on Governor Mary Fallin’s Education Advisory Committee, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Advisory Council, ImpactTulsa, and the State Aid Funding Formula Taskforce.
The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at OU-Tulsa equipped me with the skills to develop a vision that has lead Jenks Public Schools to the forefront in terms of educational technology, opportunities for students, and professional development for staff members. I continue to work diligently to forge partnerships with community leaders and emphasize the importance of innovation to prepare our youth for the new economy.
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