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Deer Creek School Administrator Named 2023-2024 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year

Deer Creek School Administrator Named 2023-2024 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year

Oklahoma City (December 8, 2023) – Mrs. Ashley Mackey, Assistant Principal at Deer Creek High School, Deer Creek Public Schools, has been named the 2023-24 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP).

As assistant principal for the past two years at Deer Creek High School, Mackey has played an instrumental role in the research and development of the Deer Creek Transition Center (DCTC). The program serves students with severe learning disabilities as they transition from the classroom into adulthood equipped with social skills, life skills, and work-related abilities. As the supervising administrator responsible for students in the transition center, Ashley is tasked with providing individualized community experiences as well as meaningful internships while assisting families during this important developmental period. The uniqueness and resourcefulness of the transition facility have attracted numerous guests to the Deer Creek campus for tours and additional inquiries.

"All of us at Deer Creek Schools are incredibly proud of Ashley Mackey,” said Dr. Jason Perez, Superintendent of Deer Creek Public Schools. “She has served as a dynamic administrator at both the middle and high school levels. She has an unstoppable work ethic and a true heart for students. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor."

Mrs. Mackey works diligently to foster well-being and safety so that each student and adult learns and interacts productively. She recently implemented the "Bright Idea" award in which a staff member is recognized weekly for an innovative teaching strategy that positively affects student achievement. Moreover, Ashley has built time into her calendar to connect with individual students in what she references as "Creek Check-Ins." This initiative has allowed her to develop rapport, foster trust, and gain insight into what improvements students wish to see in their school. To ensure every student senses belonging in the school community, Mrs. Mackey even volunteered to be the Stomp Team sponsor this past year when an adult leader could not be found.

"Ashley Mackey is an outstanding principal. She has dedicated herself to building strong relationships with students, families, and staff. She is student-focused and committed to ensuring all of the students she works with are not only successful now but are set up for continued success through the remainder of high school and beyond," noted Mark Phillips, Principal of Deer Creek High School. "She is a true asset to our district and this is well-deserved recognition for her hard work and impact in Deer Creek."

Dr. Pam Deering, CCOSA Executive Director said, “Ashley Mackey is clearly focused on ensuring a welcoming and engaging environment for high school students. Because of her work with the Deer Creek Transition Center, special needs students have access to a plethora of educational opportunities that will adequately prepare them for postsecondary success. I congratulate her for this well-deserved honor as the OASSP Assistant High School Principal of the Year.”

“Assistant principals are often unsung heroes,” added Chris LeGrande, OASSP Executive Director. “Ashley Mackey is an outstanding school leader who works tirelessly and selflessly behind the scenes at Deer Creek High School to ensure the success of every student. Ashley is continually engaging in learning opportunities to strengthen her professional skillset. We proudly recognize her as an exemplary role model for her commitment to excellence in her school community and among administrators throughout Oklahoma.”

Mackey will be recognized as the Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) at the CCOSA Summer Leadership Conference in June 2024. She will also be recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as a State Assistant Principal of the Year. She is eligible to become one of three finalists to be considered for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award. A judging panel will choose finalists based on their written applications, data provided, and letters of recommendation, according to the National Association for Secondary School Principals.

For more information about the Assistant Principal of the Year award or to learn more about CCOSA and OASSP, visit ccosa.org.

Press Release from Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA)