Dr. Nick Migliorino

Phone: 405.366.5874

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Dr. Nick Migliorino

Superintendent

Dr. Nick Migliorino has served as Superintendent of the Norman Public School District since July 1, 2017. He previously served for three years as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and Chief Technology Officer, where he provided oversight for bond projects and managed the district’s maintenance, transportation, child nutrition health and technology divisions.

Migliorino was the district director of secondary education from 2008-2012, and a math teacher and coach at Irving Middle School from 1994-1997. His more than 20-year career also includes administrative positions with Moore, Tahlequah and Putnam City Public Schools. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from East Central University in Ada, his Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

In 2012, Migliorino co-founded School Connect, a company that provided a web-based platform for schools to create their own mobile-messaging applications. The company was sold to Jostens, Inc. in 2012 and the platform continues to serve districts across the nation as "School Way."

His professional memberships include the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators, Cooperative Council of School Administrators, Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals, Oklahoma Technology Association, and more. He serves on the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council and is active on the OKC Metro Area Superintendent’s Consortium.

As an active community member, Migliorino serves on the City of Norman’s Advisory Planning Panel, NEDC Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Mayor’s Community Roundtable. He serves on the board of directors for the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement and the Rotary Club of Norman and is also a member of Leadership Norman’s 2018 class. He also chairs a committee for the Sooner District of the Boy Scouts of America. Migliorino also has served in voluntary leadership roles for the Oklahoma Technology Association, Bridges of Norman, PFLAG of Norman, Oklahoma Career Tech Advisory Committee and more.

He received the Governor’s Humanitarian Award in 1999 for his service to students during the May 3, 1999 tornado that damaged Westmoore High School and was named Administrator of the Year at Moore West Junior High in 2000. Migliorino was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award and District Award of Merit in 2017.

 Jason Brown

Phone: 405.447.6599

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Jason Brown

Deputy Superintendent / Title IX Administrator

Personnel Services

 

Jason Brown has been an educator for more than 20 years. He has consistently drawn praise for his leadership skills, which have resulted in significant gains in students’ academic performance and college readiness.

Brown began his career as a teacher for Midwest City High School, where he taught Honors World History, Advanced Placement Government and initiated the school’s first Competitive Academics Class. It was during this time he also founded Test Wizards, a consulting firm specializing in preparing students for success on the ACT and other college-entrance exams.

During his career, he also has worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools in its GEAR UP program and as the district’s Interim Director of Curriculum Services. He has been an administrator in the Midwest City-Del City school district and Edmond Public Schools, where he served as Executive Director of Secondary Education prior to joining Norman Public Schools.

Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

 Brenda Burkett, CPA, SFO

Phone: 405.366.5801

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Brenda Burkett, CPA, SFO

Chief Financial Officer

Brenda R. Burkett, CPA, SFO, has been in education more than 26 years, working for Norman Public Schools since 1991. Brenda has been President of the Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials, is one of Oklahoma ASBO’s Certified School Business Administrators, and was selected as the School Business Official of the Year in 2014-15. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Oklahoma Center for School Business Management and is a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences held by both of these organizations.

Brenda has served as the President of ASBO International. She has participated in the ASBO Int'l Economic Crisis Summit and participated on the educational panel with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education at the 2009 Annual meeting. Brenda received the Pinnacle of Achievement Award in 2008 and was awarded the National SFO certification in 2010.

Brenda attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a double major in Accounting/Agriculture Economics.

She has two sons, Brandon and Zachary, who are graduates of Norman High School.

 Justin Milner

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Justin Milner

Chief Operating Officer

Justin Milner became the district's Chief Operating Officer in July 2017. In this role, Milner is directly responsible for the district’s capital improvement programs, including bond issue development and implementation. He also provides oversight for the district’s Special Services, Transportation, Child Nutrition, Custodial Services, Maintenance, Health Services and School Resource Officer programs.

Milner previously served as the Director of Special Services for Norman Public Schools, a position he held for 12 years. He was responsible for directing all special education, alternative education and residential programs for the district and thereby minimizing the impact of the disability and improving outcomes for all students.

He is a graduate of East Central University holding both a Bachelors Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education with a focus on administration. Milner began his professional career as a secondary special education teacher before taking a position with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, where he was responsible for special education for the State of Oklahoma.

Milner's professional memberships include the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS). He has served on the CCOSA Executive Board, president of the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services and Legislative and Policy Liaison. In 2016, the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services recognized Mr. Milner as the Director of the Year.

Dr. Shirley Simmons

Phone: (405) 366-5872

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Dr. Shirley Simmons

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services

Dr. Shirley Simmons has been in education since 1983, working in Norman since 2000. For seven years she taught middle school and elementary school in Rose Hill, Kansas; Fort Riley, Kansas; and in two Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Wertheim and Wurzburg, Germany.

For four years she served as a principal and assistant principal in Newton, Kansas and five years as principal of Derby Middle School in Derby, Kansas. Since living in Norman, she served as assistant principal at Irving Middle School for one year and as Truman Elementary principal for seven years. Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Staff Development and Student Achievement for Norman Public Schools for four years.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in Elementary Education in 1982, a master’s in Educational Administration from Kansas State University in 1990, and a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

 Holly S. Nevels

Phone: 405.573.3501

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Holly S. Nevels

Assistant Superintendent, Student Services

Holly Nevels is a career educator in the Norman Public Schools. She has been both a teacher and an administrator in the district. Prior to her role as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, she served as the Director of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has also served the district as Principal at Whittier Middle School and as Assistant Principal at Norman High School. Nevels taught English/Language Arts at Irving Middle School for eight years and in 2000 was named Norman’s District Teacher of the Year. She also was selected as Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year in 2007 by The Cooperative Council of Oklahoma Secondary Administrators’ (CCOSA) organization.

Nevels attended the University of Oklahoma, where she received a bachelor’s degree in secondary language arts education and earned a master’s degree in educational administration, curriculum, and supervision.  She feels she is fortunate to work with “truly exceptional and knowledgeable instructional staff and leaders including members of the Board of Education, Superintendent’s Cabinet, coordinators, principals, assistant principals, and teachers." 

Nevels says, "In Norman Public Schools, our goal is simple: to give Norman’s children a variety of experiences in conjunction with multiple opportunities to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We prepare and inspire students in grades pre-k through 12th to reach their full potential. College and career readiness does not just begin in high school; it is a collective effort of superior professionals, motivated families, and phenomenal community partners along the way. This prepares our students for success with us AND beyond us."

 Beth Albert

Phone: 405.366.5856

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Beth Albert

Executive Director, Professional Development and Student Achievement

Beth Albert has been the NPS Director of Professional Development and Student Achievement since July 2012. In this position she is responsible for planning and coordinating all staff development required and supported by the district, and for overseeing the district’s benchmark testing program and its compliance with the state’s testing and school accountability mandates.

Ms. Albert served as Principal of Roosevelt Elementary from 2008-2012 and, previous to that position, was a principal and assistant principal in Yukon for 10 years. She has taught Grades 2nd-6th during her 30 years as a public educator and earned numerous honors, including being named a school Teacher of the Year and receiving the Elizabeth Ramos Outstanding Achievement Award and the OAESP District 11A Administrator of the Year Award.

Her leadership resulted in schools she led receiving grants and scholarships from the Schools for Healthy Lifestyles, Great Expectations, the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition, and many others, resulting in improved achievement and opportunities for all students.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Oklahoma State University and her master’s from the University of Central Oklahoma. 

 Alesha M. Leemaster, MBA, APR

Phone: 405.366.0523

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Alesha M. Leemaster, MBA, APR

Executive Director, Communications and Community Relations

Alesha Leemaster joined Norman Public Schools in June 2015. Leemaster previously worked at Devon Energy as Supervisor of Community Relations and also served on the company's media relations team. Prior to her time at Devon, she was employed by OGE Energy Corp. and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City's LOYAL program. Through board and committee leadership she has served a variety of community organizations including deadCENTER Film Festival, OKC Philharmonic, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, United Way of Central Oklahoma's Community Investment subcommittee and more. She currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and volunteers as a board member for the United Way of Norman, Bethesda and the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. Leemaster also serves on the Norman Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Committee. 

Leemaster earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University in 2003 and 2006, respectively.