Piedmont Educator Elected to Lead State Association
Mar 28, 2016
Oklahoma City, OK – Piedmont High School assistant principal, Clay McDonald has been chosen by his peers to serve as the president-elect of the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) for the 2016-17 school year.
“As OASSP President for the 2016 - 17 year, I am excited with the announcement of Mr. Clay McDonald being elected President Elect of our association,” said Grove High School Principal Renae Dozier. “Mr. McDonald is a strong advocate for education in Oklahoma and across the United States. His ideas, knowledge, dedication, work ethic and experience are a true asset in continuing the positive work for secondary school principals. OASSP has been and will continue to be a voice and support system for principals under the leadership of Mr. McDonald,” Dozier added.
OASSP is a state organization representing over 800 secondary level principals by providing quality professional development, encouraging advocacy and networking for the improvement of grades 9-12 education in Oklahoma.
Dr. Vickie Williams, OASSP Director said, “Mr. McDonald continues as a ground-breaking leader, being the first assistant principal elected as President-elect of the organization.”
Mr. McDonald has been an educator for the past 21 years. He taught and coached in Meeker and Choctaw, and later served as an assistant principal in Choctaw.
For the past 10 years, McDonald has been an integral part of Piedmont High School’s success. He has worked hard to engage parents, teachers, and students in various programs and initiatives. His primary goal is to enhance the education process in everything they do.
"I am extremely excited about Clay being selected as the OASSP President-Elect,” said Dr. Alan Baker, Cleveland High School Principal and 2015-16 OASSP President. “Clay is an excellent leader whose fingerprints are all over various programs at Piedmont High School. He has had many innovative ideas and strategies that have been borrowed by other high school administrators, including myself. As OASSP continues to grow and evolve, I know the organization is in good hands with Clay McDonald," Dr. Baker added.
In 2014 McDonald was selected by his peers as the Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year. He was later named one of only three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Assistant Principal of the Year award, the first in Oklahoma’s history.
Mr. McDonald is an active member in numerous groups designed to strengthen Oklahoma’s public schools. These include State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Principal Advisory Council, Superintendent Hofmeister’s Teacher Shortage Task Force, and the Teacher Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Task Force for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. He has served as the OASSP Region 13 representative for several years, and has been a presenter and featured panelist at numerous state workshops and conferences.
The Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals is under the umbrella of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration. CCOSA 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. CCOSA serves over 2800 superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, special education directors and central office administrators.