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Jenks Freshman Academy Administrator Named Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year

Jenks Freshman Academy Administrator Named Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year

Jenks Freshman Academy Administrator Named Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year

December 7, 2021

Oklahoma City (December 7, 2021) – Dr. Fielding Elseman, Assistant Principal at Jenks Freshman Academy, Jenks Public Schools, has been named the 2021 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP).

As assistant principal for the past eight years at Jenks Freshman Academy, Elseman has served as an instructional leader in helping teachers identify and address student learning gaps. He has helped develop his school’s Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) by providing opportunities for students to explore their college and career readiness through investigating interests and making connections to the courses and programs available to them at Jenks High School. In addition, throughout the pandemic, he has led efforts in contact tracing and keeping parents informed of student well-being.

“Fielding Elseman is so deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Stacey Butterfield, Superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. “He is highly respected by his colleagues across our District for his character, professionalism, and sensible approach to solving problems and serving our students. He consistently demonstrates his care and concern for students by forming genuine connections with them and providing them with unwavering support in all areas of their educational journey. At a time when students are navigating the transition from middle school to high school, he is a mentor and role model to all of our freshman. He is truly making a difference every day in the lives of our students.”

During his years at the Jenks Freshman Academy, Elseman has helped develop a freshman induction program called Freshman 101. He has promoted 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.

“It is a privilege to work alongside Fielding every day and witness his commitment to serving our students, our staff, and our entire school site,” said Dr. Judi Thorn, Principal of Jenks Freshman Academy. “His positivity and thoughtfulness have helped improve every aspect of our daily operations, and through his pursuit of advanced degrees, Fielding has dedicated himself to becoming one of the finest school administrators in our state. More than any other attribute, his true passion for the well-being of our students is what shines through. He is a person of great character and integrity, and we are so fortunate to have him at the Jenks Freshman Academy.”

“I am extremely appreciative of this honor and grateful to be able to serve in Jenks Public Schools at the Freshman Academy,” said Elseman. “We have such a talented, compassionate team of educators at our site and I am blessed to be able to work alongside them to create the best opportunities possible for our students. I chose to become an administrator because I love teaching young people and wanted to have an opportunity to support and encourage teachers in their demanding and important work. There are great assistant principals all over our state working toward the same ends every day. I am proud to be among them and thankful to be recognized for the work we have accomplished at our site.”

“Throughout Oklahoma, assistant principals serve a pivotal role in leading and supporting schools,” said Will Parker, OASSP executive director. “Fielding Elseman is an excellent example of the commitment to students, teachers and communities that principals across Oklahoma are applying to their work every day. We are proud to recognize him as a role model for his school community and among Oklahoma school leaders.”

Elseman will be recognized as the Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators (CCOSA) and the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) at the CCOSA Summer Leadership Conference in June 2022. He will also be recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as a State Assistant Principal of the Year. He is eligible to become one of three finalists to be named as contenders for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award. A judging panel will choose finalists based on their written applications, data provided and letters of recommendation, according to the National Association for Secondary School Principals.

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