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Norman High School Principal Selected as 2019 OASSP High School Principal of the Year

Dr. Scott Beck, Norman High School principal, has been selected as the 2019 High Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP). He has served for 8 years as principal and 11 years as a school administrator.

"Scott is a school leader dedicated to creating an environment of human flourishing,” said William Parker, OASSP/OMLEA executive director. “Under his leadership, Norman High School has become a state-wide model for innovation, community-partnerships, and engaged instructional experiences for all students.”

As principal, Dr. Beck has focused on building a strong sense of well-being and safety among his school community as a foundation for deep and meaningful learning experiences. Norman High School (NHS) strategically engages students and community stakeholders around issues like cultural awareness, restorative practices, and tiered-intervention practices. With graduation rates of 91% in 2017 and 92.1% in 2018, NHS connects students with a wide variety of options including Advanced Placement classes, career-tech coursework, robotics, and five world languages.

“Dr. Beck is an exceptional administrator and truly deserves this honor,” said Dr. Nick Migliorino, Norman Public School District superintendent. “He is a servant leader who effectively guides a team of professional and passionate educators to prepare and inspire all students to achieve their full potential. Dr. Beck continues to build on a long tradition of excellence at Norman High and epitomizes the school’s values of citizenship, scholarship and character. He is a tremendous asset to our district, as thousands of students have benefited from his deep passion for public education.”

Beck’s commitment to student growth is also seen in the partnership his school has developed with the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma (ISHF). In 2018, NHS and ISHF embarked on a groundbreaking endeavor, the development of a Virtue Resource Library (VRL) to serve students, parents, educators and community members. A $100,000 project, the VRL is a collection of thousands of physical and virtual resources addressing relevant topics including: mindfulness, virtue, self –care, civility, mental health, and more. Norman High School also ensures strong student advocacy through a dedicated Student Advocacy Coordinator, and the engagement of a Safe and Healthy School Team, and a Trauma Team.

 “As a senior, I have had the privilege of witnessing almost four years of Dr. Beck’s determination to foster a campus that advocates for student support and safety,” said Lily-Anna Rider, a Norman High School student. “Every day I am astounded and awed by the Norman High faculty and staff. My teachers go above and beyond for my peers and me. Our administration and faculty do everything within their power to get to know the student body and direct our school in a way that most benefits the needs and desires of students.”

In response to being named High School Principal of the Year, Beck said, “I am humbled and honored to represent Norman Public Schools, and my principal colleagues across the state as OASSP High School Principal of the Year. Over the course of my career, I have greatly benefited from the wisdom, knowledge, and guidance of caring administrative mentors who have taught me what it means to serve. I can't wait for the opportunity to share the amazing work of Oklahoma's principals on the national stage.”

Beck will be recognized as OASSP High Principal of the Year at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Summer Leadership Conference in June at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. In addition, he will represent Oklahoma as State Secondary Principal of the Year for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). As a state winner, he will be invited to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the Principals Institute, a forum hosted by NASSP. He will also compete for the title of National Principal of the Year through NASSP.