Three Oklahoma organizations are celebrating the top school administrators in the state.
A Tulsa Union administrator was named the top elementary school principal for 2013-14 by the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals.
Theresa Kiger is principal at Roy Clark Elementary School. She has led the school since 2002.
Before becoming an administrator, Kiger was a teacher at Grove Elementary, which is also within Tulsa Union Public Schools.
She received the Milken Family Foundation Award in 2000.
Two other finalists were named:
Paula Palermo is principal of Lakeview Elementary in Norman Public Schools. Palermo was named the Oklahoma Principal of Excellence.
Tim Haws is principal of Earl Harris Elementary in Bethany Public Schools. Haws was named the James Burnett Distinguished Principal.
Middle School honor
An Enid administrator was named the 2014 Oklahoma Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Middle Level Educators Association.
Doug Stafford is principal of Emerson Middle School.
He started his career as a special-education teacher in Hennessey and moved to Enid in 2006.
He has worked as the Emerson Middle School principal since 2010.
Three other finalists were selected:
Patrick Dodson, principal of Grove Middle School.
Debbie Hoffman, principal of Cache Middle School.
Cathy Walker, principal of Stillwater Middle School.
Also, the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals named its 2014 Oklahoma High School Principal of the Year.
Stacey Vernon is principal at Will Rogers College Junior High and High School in Tulsa.
Vernon was a teacher before becoming an administrator at Thomas Edison High School in the Tulsa Public Schools. She assumed her role at Will Rogers in 2011.
Three other finalists were named:
Todd Glasgow, principal of Piedmont High School.
Tracy Skinner, principal of Deer Creek High School in Edmond.
Patty Stanley, principal of Newkirk High School.