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Norman Public Schools Advisory Board

Created at the request of our Norman Public School partners, the mission of the NPS Advisory Board is to offer input into how the Institute can better support the integration of virtue into Norman Public Schools.  It has quarterly meetings to give input to the ISHF, serve as a sounding board, report on ongoing school initiatives, create collaborative networks across schools, generate ideas for possible grant-funded projects, and share news on activities pertaining to ISHF-related projects. 

Jonathan Atchley

Jonathan is a born and raised proud Oklahoman and second-generation educator.  In 2006, he graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in secondary English education. His previous work experience involves 7th and 12th grade English, K-12 curriculum, and coaching/sponsoring everything from baseball to FCA.  He is in his third year as principal at Irving Middle School in Norman and previously served for two years as an assistant principal at Cimarron Middle School in Edmond.  While the amount of time he spent in the classroom has changed, his original passions hasn’t.  He cares deeply about informing and preparing others.  Serving, helping, and educating teachers, students, and community members is something he simply enjoys.  In his personal life, he has been married for 13 years to his wife Kristin .  They have two rambunctious boys, Karsten Ace (9) and Abram Beck (7), and are expecting our third child, a daughter, in August of 2019.  In his spare time he enjoys being with his family and fly fishing.


Katie Cortest

Katie has worked for over a decade with students between the ages of twelve and twenty and earned National Board Certification in School Counseling in 2009.  Her work is currently focused on freshmen students; targeting retention, and successful progression through high school.  She has worked closely with her team on building Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and introducing Restorative Justice practices in the learning community.


Jessica Eschbach

Information coming soon

Emily Haskins

Stephanie Lowery

Martha Pangburn

Martha is the Teacher Librarian at Norman High School, where she has served since 2005.  She has been a school librarian for 21 years, all of which have been with Norman Public Schools, where she serves as a district Guided Inquiry Design Trainer.  Martha holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University.  She achieved her National Board Certification in 2005 and recently renewed her certification through 2025. Martha has presented at local, state, and national conferences, including the Oklahoma Library Association, Innovative Leadership Institute, the 2015 Google Apps for Education Summit, Oklahoma Social Studies and Fine Arts Conference, and the American Association of School Librarians. Martha has been active in the Oklahoma Library Association as a Sequoyah Book Award committee chair and member of the conference planning team. In 2018, Martha led a team of ten teachers and librarians, in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, to establish a Virtue Resource Library at Norman High School. Martha is the 2018 Oklahoma School Librarians’ Technology in Education award winner.


Pam Pittman-Adkins

Pam teaches English Language Arts at Norman North High school. She is committed to nurturing the growth of academic, emotional, and psycho-social skills of all of her students and advancing the understanding, integration, and life application of virtue education. She graduated from OU with a BA from the Health Sciences Center College of Nursing, she completed her Master’s in Human Relations  at OU-Tulsa, and completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at OSU.


Nichelle Reed

Kathy Robbins

Kathy Robbins is a counselor at Norman North High School dedicated to helping students acquire the academic, socio-emotional, and workforce readiness skills needed to become productive, thriving adults (Source: NPS Guidance and Counseling Goals). Kathy is committed to help create a school culture that promotes intellectual and civic virtues including love of learning, perseverance, honesty, compassion, and civility to help students flourish and reach their fullest potential. Kathy graduated from OU with a BA in Psychology in 1995 and completed her M. Ed in School Counseling at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017.


Kristy Smith

Kristy Smith is the freshman principal at Norman High School dedicated to empowering freshman to flourish in citizenship, scholarship and character.  Kristy is committed to creating a freshman academy culture that promotes intellectual virtues by incorporating the nine intellectual virtues in all aspects of the academy.  Freshman are embraced by an environment where they cultivate a love of learning, an understanding of their civic responsibilities, and grow in their personal character.   Kristy graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1993 with a BA in Science and in 1998 completed her M.Ed. in Special Education/Administration.  


Lisa Stieg

Alisa Stieg is the current principal of Kennedy Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma.  Lisa, as she is known, has been an elementary school principal since 2014 and has a passion for working with the community to provide innovative pathways for stakeholder success, particularly of growing students.  She previously served in Oklahoma City Public Schools at the David R. Lopez Community School at Edgemere Elementary, the district's pilot community school.  While at Edgemere, Lisa enabled shared leadership with civic, religious, business, and neighborhood partnerships which created avenues of success for students and teachers by closing opportunity gaps.   Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University, and later earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma.

Brent Taylor