The Edmond Board of Education has named James Keeton principal of Heartland Middle School, 4900 Explorer Drive. Keeton will take over the leadership position from Jason Galloway who has accepted a position with Oklahoma City Public Schools’ district office.
Keeton comes to the leadership position with a unique skill set and range of experiences. From his earliest work as a Stillwater Junior High teacher, certified in both English and English as a Second Language, to his experience at Edmond Santa Fe as a career counselor, to his several years as an assistant principal at both Summit Middle School and Heartland, his background predicts a rich and interesting experience for the Heartland families and students.
“I am confident that my first-hand experience at Heartland has given me insight into the students’ needs, the staff’s needs, and the district’s expectations. I understand the seriousness of the task at hand, and I am eager to begin,” said Keeton.
Dr. Debbie Bendick, associate superintendent of secondary education said Keeton is the right person to guide the Heartland staff and patrons through the next stages of growth.
“He will center his focus on community, communication, and consistency,” said Bendick.
Keeton has a master’s of Education Leadership and a master’s of Guidance and Counseling from UCO. In addition, he is a member of the Oklahoma Middle Level of Educators Association, National Board for Certified Counselors and the American School Counselor Association.