Price Brown, an educator with nearly 40 years of experience and a reputation for turning around struggling schools by leveraging community and parental involvement, has been named the new executive director of elementary education for Edmond Public Schools. He will be responsible for supervising all elementary administrators, instructional programs and methods of teaching at the district’s 17 elementary schools.

Brown succeeds Angela Mills Grunewald who, early this summer, was named associate superintendent of educational services.

Most recently, Brown served as the principal at Hilldale Elementary in Putnam City. He financed fitness labs, enhanced technology and other improvements at Hilldale through writing and receiving more than $300,000 in grants. He also secured community resources to help meet students’ basic needs which resulted in a dramatic increase in attendance and enrollment at the school. Under his leadership, Hilldale went from having a D- on its school report card to boasting a B.  The Oklahoma Association of Elementary School principals named Brown its 2016 Principal of Excellence.

”Price Brown is an innovative, creative thinker who sees the potential in every child and works hard to expand opportunities for children,” said Superintendent Bret Towne. “He will be actively involved in our elementary schools observing, interacting and strategizing with administrators and teachers to bring about the best academic, emotional and social outcomes for our elementary students.”

Brown says it is his passion and life’s work to make education “the best it can be” for all children.

“I have been provided incredible opportunities to listen, learn and lead from some of the best in my four decades in public education,” said Brown. “From Mrs. Lane’s first-grade classroom where I did my first observation to the incredible teachers I observed at Hilldale Elementary where I most recently served as principal, I have had a front row seat to witness some of Oklahoma’s best educators.   I am excited to bring some of the lessons I have learned to the children and staff in Edmond Public Schools and I thank Superintendent Towne and the Edmond board of education for the opportunity and confidence they have placed in me.”

Brown is actively involved in both service and professional organizations including the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals (OAESP) where he serves on the Board of Directors.

The Edmond School Board also named at its July meeting Dawna Buck and Jeremy Reichman assistant principals at Edmond North High School. They will replace Chris Helling and Ellen Vannoy who will be leaving the district for other opportunities in education. Most recently Buck was the principal of Muskogee High School. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal in Enid. She has been a teacher, coach and curriculum coordinator. Reichman was most recently an assistant principal at Northwest Classen High School. He also has experience as a teacher, coach and school improvement grant coordinator.