ODSS Special Services Director of the Year
The Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS) named Yukon Public Schools Executive Director of Special Services Amy Beams the 2022 Outstanding Director of the Year. “I cannot imagine a leader in our state that has had a greater impact on the students that at times may be underrepresented in our educational system.” YPS Superintendent Jason Simeroth said. “Amy is a professional educator who has honed her leadership skills to provide Yukon’s students and staff with maximum opportunities to learn, grow, apply, and succeed.” Beams has served in her current role at YPS for five years. During that time, she implemented several new policies. For example, she facilitated the transition from traditional labels of student programs to reduce the stigma associated with such programs and helped guide YPS to a district-wide behavioral coach program to support teachers with strategies to promote the inclusion of all students. “She is innovative and has transformed her department to be the best in the state.” YPS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Desarae Witmer said. “Amy is an educational leader that has high expectations for all students. She does an exceptional job working collaboratively with students, parents, and teachers to provide students the support they need to be successful, both inside and outside the classroom.” During her career, Beams has served on several committees, including two years on the ODSS Executive Committee. She is also on the board of directors for Compassionate Hands and has a long history of helping educators in her community.