DEER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SELECTED AS 2019 OASSP/OMLEA
Mar 11, 2019
Will Parker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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DEER CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SELECTED AS 2019 OASSP/OMLEA 

MIDDLE LEVEL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR


OKLAHOMA CITY (March 11, 2019) – The Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) and the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA) are pleased to announce Kristy VanDorn of Deer Creek Middle School as the 2019 Middle Level Principal of the Year. VanDorn will be recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Summer Leadership Conference this June. 

During her five years as principal, VanDorn has focused on encouraging a community of trust, safety, and teamwork. In addition, her school has focused on providing a guaranteed and viable curriculum for students as well as effective teaching in every classroom level. As a result, student achievement is measured not just by standards-based performance but also by behaviors such as cooperative learning, meeting deadlines, preparedness, engagement and leadership.

"Kristy is a strong believer in the power of learning for all students,” said William Parker, OASSP/OMLEA executive director. “Under her leadership, Deer Creek Middle School has worked to create interdisciplinary teams so that every student is guided in his or her academics, interests, talents, and activities. She has fostered a community of collaboration, and her school has become a role model for effective middle-school practice.” 

VanDorn has encouraged a community of trust, to ensure an environment of safety and well-being for all students. Deer Creek Middle School offers a variety of student activities and opportunities that engage learning, promote equity, and promote service-learning. Teachers, counselors and administrators of the school also meet weekly to review overall student data, analyze for learning gaps, and drive decisions about student growth.

“There are many great administrators, and then there are those that are exemplary,” said Ranet Tippens, superintendent of Deer Creek Public Schools. “She is exemplary, the leader that every educator hopes to work for and every parent hopes their child has. Her communication, relationship building, organizational and leadership skills are beyond reproach, but where she stands out above and beyond all others is in her academic leadership and modeling with both staff and students.” 

In addition to being recognized at the CCOSA Summer Leadership Conference, Ms. VanDorn’s award will also include attendance at one of the national conferences for secondary principals in 2019-2020.

 “This is such a tremendous honor for me, and I want to thank my family for their support as well as the countless educators that have challenged me through the years and allowed me to learn from their wisdom,” said Kristy VanDorn. “I am proud to serve as a third-generation educator in this great state of Oklahoma, and I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing staff and students every day at Deer Creek Middle School!”

For more information about the OASSP, the OMLEA and the Principal of the Year Awards, please visit www.ccosa.org

 

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ABOUT OMLEA

The Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA)works to improve the educational experiences of young adolescents by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to all who serve them in order to develop healthy, productive and ethical citizens. OMLEA is an affiliate of the Association for Middle Level Education(AMLE) and a constituent association of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA).

 

ABOUT OASSP

The Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) supports secondary level principals by providing quality professional development, encouraging advocacy and networking for the improvement of middle and high school education in Oklahoma.  OASSP is an affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and a constituent association of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA). 

 

ABOUT CCOSA 

The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration is an incorporated, not for profit organization which establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of the schools. The Council is the umbrella organization for the following professional associations: the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP), the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals (OAESP), the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA), and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS).