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Norman Public Schools announces new Eisenhower Elementary principal

The Norman Board of Education has approved the district’s recommendation to hire Cheryl Putnam to serve as principal at Eisenhower Elementary School. 

Putnam currently is the principal at Leverett Elementary, which since 2014 has been designated as a “School of Innovation” by the State of Arkansas. Under her direction, the school transitioned to a STEM-focused teaching and learning environment, which was the result of an extensive collaboration with staff, students, district administration, parents and community members. The transition led to higher student achievement and fewer discipline referrals in the school.

Prior to becoming principal at Leverett in 2007, Putnam was an Assistant Principal at Holcomb Elementary School in Fayetteville, where she helped increase student enrollment and worked closely with teachers and parents to ensure student success. She also has served students as a fifth-grade teacher at Root Elementary School.

“We are delighted to welcome Cheryl to our district,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, who will assume the position of Superintendent of the Norman Public School District this summer. “She is an innovative leader with vast experience in project-based learning and we are confident she will be a tremendous resource for our students, parents and staff at Eisenhower Elementary.”

Putnam holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and also is working toward a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Arkansas. She replaces Kelly McCollom, who will move to Texas with her family this summer.