Enid Public Schools has named Doug Stafford the next Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education. Board of Education members approved his employment during Monday night’s regular meeting.
Stafford, a seasoned Enid educator, will return to EPS after serving as Director of Special Services for Ponca City Public Schools this year.
His prior EPS experience includes principal of Emerson Middle School and assistant principal of Enid High School.
“Doug’s extensive experience at the secondary level will make him a great addition to our team,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “He is an innovator and relationship-builder, and his approach to education has been recognized across the state. He understands the needs of this district and is committed to student success. We are very excited to welcome him back.”
Stafford said he is looking forward to serving Enid’s learners again.
“The opportunity to return home to Enid Public Schools and work with the staff, students and parents provides an exciting opportunity for me to build upon the positive experiences, relationships, and support I have had the privilege to be a part of with my colleagues and Enid community,” Stafford said. “I look forward to reflecting on my previous tenure, as a teacher and administrator, to help support staff and facilitate an engaging and relevant learning experience for EPS students.”
Stafford has been an educator for nearly two decades. He began his career as a special education teacher, and then served as principal of Hennessey Middle School. In 2006, he moved to Enid as a middle school assistant principal before serving as an EHS assistant principal.
In 2011, Stafford took the helm of Emerson Middle School as principal. During his tenure, he was named the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals Middle School Administrator of the Year and represented the state in national competition. He also was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Global Health Inspiration Award, which was chosen by students, staff and community members.
Stafford earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and his master’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He is certified to teach special education and also holds credentials for elementary principal, secondary principal and superintendent.
Stafford will replace Melonie Hau, who recently accepted a position as superintendent for Duncan Public Schools. Stafford is expected to begin his duties by May 1.