Edmond Public Schools’ Board of Education filled two district-level leadership roles at its March board meeting naming Debreon Davis Executive Director of Secondary Education, and Tony Rose Executive Director of Educational Services. Davis will replace Debbie Bendick who is retiring at the end of this school year after 28 years of service with the district. Rose will replace Emily Steele, who is leaving Edmond Public Schools for an administrative position with Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

Superintendent Angela Grunewald said Davis and Rose are exceptional educators who are well-suited to their new roles.   

Since 2017 Davis has served as the principal of Edmond North High School. A product of Edmond schools, she has also served as an assistant principal, teacher, and coach. She was named a Milken National Educator in 2017, an award that targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their impressive achievements and for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future. She holds a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.  

“Debreon is the perfect person to oversee all secondary schools,” said Grunewald. “She has served in a variety of roles in all three of our high schools which gives her a unique insight into the culture of each school. She is well respected for her leadership expertise and problem-solving capabilities which are crucial skills in her new role.”   

Since 2016 Rose has served as the principal at Edmond Memorial High School. He began his career with the district as a science teacher and in 2010-2011 was named the Cheyenne Middle School Teacher of the Year. He went on that same year to be named Edmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He recently completed a doctoral degree in School  Administration at Oklahoma State University.  

“In his previous roles as an assistant principal and principal, Tony has been deeply involved in curriculum planning and implementation. He will bring his experience,  project management skills, and high personal expectations to this new role to ensure Edmond continues to provide the best instructional services possible,”  Grunewald said.   

Rose said he is looking forward to his new position. “I am excited to work with an extraordinary team as we continue to assist teachers in providing the best instructional opportunities for the students in our district,” he said.

Promoting Davis and Rose to district-level leadership positions creates principal openings at both Edmond North High School and Edmond Memorial High School. Grunewald expects to announce their replacements in April.

Also at the March meeting, board members named Amanda Neely principal of Cross Timbers Elementary. She previously served as an assistant principal at Charles Haskell Elementary.