EDMOND — For longtime resident Ruthie Riggs, Edmond is not just home; it's a way of life.
The daughter of an Edmond public school teacher, Riggs spent her young life immersed in the school system the district offered.
Now, Riggs will take up a prominent leadership role within the district.
It was announced recently that Riggs will become the school district's executive director of elementary education, starting July 1.
As director, Riggs will be responsible for working in collaboration with schoolteachers, administrators and principals to handle administrative tasks, including the hiring of new employees.
She will leave her current position as principal at John Ross Elementary School.
Riggs attended Clegern Elementary School, Edmond Junior High School and Edmond Memorial High School.
“I received a wonderful education from Edmond Public Schools, as did my three grown sons,” Riggs said.
Her first granddaughter is scheduled to begin school in Edmond this fall.
Riggs received degrees in education from the University of Central Oklahoma before following in her mother's footsteps and becoming an Edmond schoolteacher.
“I wanted to go into education because I've always enjoyed spending time with children. That was what motivated me the most,” Riggs said.
Since 1980, Riggs served as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal in the Edmond, Deer Creek and Norman school districts.
From 2006-08, Riggs served as an adjunct instructor at UCO.
“I'm excited to move into this position. It's truly an honor,” Riggs said. “My career has taken me to three districts, and I am humbled to have this opportunity in my hometown.”
Riggs said she has learned a great deal from her predecessor, Lynne Rowley, who will retire as executive director of elementary education in July after holding several district positions for a total of 41 years.
“She's done a tremendous job, and I've learned a lot from her,” Riggs said.
Rowley praised Riggs as an “outstanding” administrator who is well-suited to her new role.
“She is respected by her peers and the school community,” Rowley said. “Her wealth of experience and knowledge makes her an ideal choice for the executive director position.”