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Williams named Longfellow Middle School principal

NORMAN - The Norman Board of Education has approved the Norman Public School District’s recommendation to hire Stephanie Williams as the next principal at Longfellow Middle School.

Williams, who is currently Oklahoma’s Assistant Principal of the Year, has 14 years of professional education experience. She was previously an assistant principal at Norman North High School, where she helped develop and implement the school’s Freshman Academy. Prior to her role at Norman North, Williams served six years as the assistant principal at Whittier Middle School. Williams began her teaching career at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City before moving to Norman as an eighth-grade math teacher at Irving Middle School.

“Stephanie has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation throughout her career,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, superintendent of Norman Public Schools. “She embodies our core values and is an example for instructional leaders across the state. We are incredibly fortunate to have her on our team. Our students and the greater Longfellow school community will benefit from her collaborate leadership style.”

Williams believes giving students ownership of their learning helps them excel and achieve their full potential. She also strives to help teachers understand how to reach all students. She has presented on culturally responsive teaching styles to help fellow educators learn strategies to reach students from a variety of backgrounds or demographics.

Williams also founded a mentor program, DARE 2 HOPE, in 2008 that focuses on building academic success and student self-awareness primarily for students of color. She also serves on the Norman Public Schools District’s Culture and Climate Task Force to help recognize and promote diversity and inclusion within the district.