By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Two Stillwater Public Schools administrators were recognized Thursday as leaders in their field.
Superintendent Ann Caine was named the 2014 Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators during the annual summer conference of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration in Norman.
Gay Washington, assistant superintendent for educational services for Stillwater, was named the 2014 Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year.
Caine and Washington received the highest award presented annually to school administrators by a vote of their colleagues in education.
A selection committee chose Caine and Washington based upon several criteria, including strong moral values, demonstration of successful experience in a top-level educational administrative position, the ability to inspire and motivate people and the promotion of personal and professional growth. Finalists for the award must be active participants in local, state and national professional organizations.
“I am so humbled to be named this year’s Superintendent of the Year by my peers, especially considering all of the challenges we encounter in public education,” said Caine, who has served as superintendent in Stillwater since 2008. “Every day our teachers, support staff and administrators give 110 percent for our students, despite being ranked 49th in funding and facing uncertainty about the standards we are to teach. On behalf of every child in Oklahoma and the rest of the educators in our great state who are doing the hard work to make it happen, I gladly accept this award.”
Caine has been an educator for 35 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. She began her teaching career in Junction City, Kan., working with children with emotional disturbance, and has been an administrator with Putnam City Public Schools and Moore Public Schools in Oklahoma.
Washington has worked for Stillwater Public Schools for the majority of her career, serving in her current position since 2012. She began her education career with the district as a special education teacher, later becoming the director of special services. She left the district to be an assistant professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and returned as a principal and later as director of special services.
“Receiving the 2014 Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator of the Year award is a reflection of the quality of collaboration among educators in our district and state,” Washington said.
“Education is dependent on a community of learners – students, parents, teachers, and administrators – working together. I am fortunate to have an opportunity to work with some of the very best educators to provide resources and experiences for students to acquire the skills and knowledge to be successful.
“I greatly appreciate being honored and clearly understand this reflects on the support and guidance I have received from many educators in Stillwater Public Schools and throughout Oklahoma.”