The OASA Superintendent of the Year is the Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools. He has been an educator in Oklahoma for 37 years, 15 of those as Superintendent. He serves on several education boards, including the Oklahoma State Superintendent’s School Superintendent Advisory Council, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association’s (OSSAA) Board of Directors, and is the President-elect of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.
OASA Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year
The recipient of the OASA Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year is in her 16th year in education and is currently with Duncan Public Schools. She chairs several committees for organizations on the state and national level and serves on the Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials Board (OKASBO).
Mrs. Marler is the principal of Ida Freeman Elementary School in Edmond Public Schools. She is described as someone who is full of peace and a hands-on administrator. She makes all of her staff regardless of their position feel they are part of the team. She has developed an on-call system that allows staff to request for help in any area as needed using a coded system that protects the dignity and confidentiality of every student and every situation. She has also developed Huddle groups that help fifth graders navigate life and learn life skills.
Terry Adams is the Principal of Bixby High School. He has facilitated a culture of well-being, safety and belonging. In addition to ensuring strong academic outcomes, Bixby staff are committed to teaching, reinforcing and rewarding positive behaviors. As a result, Bixby High School has been a Great Expectations Model School for four years, the only high school in the state with this designation.
Dr. Elseman has been the assistant principal for the past eight years at Jenks Freshman Academy. He has helped to develop a freshman induction program called Freshman 101. He promotes the slogan, "Write your own story" and encourages students to reflect on their own life journeys - to view all of their skills and experiences as valuable assets they can use to develop the future they want for themselves.
Michelle Brumley is the Principal of Chouteau Middle School. During her twelve years as principal at Chouteau Middle School, Brumley has led efforts to increase student well-being and academic growth. As part of tight-knit rural community with 226 students, grades 5-8, the school utilizes a CARE (Coordinating Available Resources in Education) team where teachers can make referrals for concerns with academic, behavior, emotional, physical, or extra-curricular needs.
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.