Dr. April Grace, Shawnee Public Schools Superintendent, has led the district since 2016 and has served as an educator on Oklahoma for more than 30 year. Dr. Grace's focus has always been on reimagining, redefining and redesigning education to better serve students. This focus has led to several unique initiatives in Shawnee Public Schools, including a Magna Award winning partnership with a telemedicine provider and a commitment for every school to focus on staff and student health and wellness.
Dr. Grace served as the 2020-2021 Oklahoma Association of School Administrators President, only the second elected female president in the organization's 88 year history.
OASA Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year
Dr. Muller began her professional career as an Instructional coach/teacher in 1991 in Texas. She became a High School Department Resource Teacher in Jenks Public Schools in 1997. From 1999-2007, Dr. Muller served as a Goals 2000 Peer Mentor followed by her position serving as the Jenks High School Academic Principal. In 2007, Dr. Muller was selected to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement followed by her position as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in 2013. In 2017, Dr. Muller became the Associate Superintendent for Educational Services where she continues to serve today. Dr. Muller has served as a member of the Baldridge Award Recipient Consortium Leadership Team, the Jenks Public Schools Foundation, and in other professional and community leadership activities.
Mr. Lea has been the principal at Stilwell Elementary School for 10 years. He is a member of numerous community organizations and stands out among his peers as an individual ready and willing to do whatever it takes to provide for the needs of not only the children for whom he is charged but for children throughout the county and elsewhere.
Melissa Barlow has been the Principal at Yukon High School for the past 8 years. She has led efforts in creating a sense of belonging for all students and adults. Her longtime efforts have molded one of Oklahoma’s largest high schools into smaller, supportive groups.
Jennifer has been the assistant principal for the past three years at Waller Middle School, Enid Public Schools. She has helped increase student outcomes by embedding trauma-informed strategies, implementing return-to-learn plans for student discipline, and facilitating professional learning communities.
She has been the Principal at Idabel Middle School for 10 years and has led efforts to increase student well-being and academic growth. Idabel Middle School utilizes data teams to review formative and summative assessments; they regularly review student and teacher absenteeism, and they consistently provide learning interventions. They have doubled efforts on communication with parents. As a result, student achievement has seen marked improvement during her tenure.
Our winner began her educational career at Mustang Elementary as a kindergarten teacher and has worked for Mustang Public Schools for 34 years. She earned her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Oklahoma. She tracked her progress and long-term outcomes of the first cohort of students from the middle school level into the high school setting and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the subject.