Edmond Public Schools’ Board of Education filled a key leadership role at a special board meeting May 8 naming Dr. Angela Mills Grunewald associate superintendent of educational services. She will replace Ruthie Riggs who is retiring in August after serving 22 years with the district.

Grunewald has 28 years of experience in public education. From 2003-2008 she served as both principal and assistant principal of Charles Haskell Elementary School in Edmond.  From 2008-2011, she was principal of Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond. She worked for Piedmont and Mustang Public Schools from 2011-2016 before returning to Edmond Public Schools as executive director of elementary education last June.

“I cannot think of a more exciting yet challenging time in education.  To be a part of a district that is leading the way in providing the best possible education to all students is a true honor,” said Grunewald. “I look forward to being a part of an amazing instructional team and working with principals, teachers, parents and community members to advance student learning.”

Superintendent Bret Towne praised Mills as an accomplished educator.

“Dr. Grunewald is well positioned and prepared to lead Edmond’s education services department,” he said.  “Her experience as an elementary and middle school principal, as well as her time spent leading curriculum and instruction in two other school districts gives her a unique background to direct this dynamic, critical department within our district.”

Grunewald is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Association of Curriculum and Development (ASCD), Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), and the Teaching and Learning Consortium. She also serves her community as an advisory board member of the Canadian Valley Technology Center and is the president of the Oklahoma State University College of Education Alumni Association.

Towne expects to fill the executive director of elementary education position in the next month or two.