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Stillwater Public Schools announced today that former Richmond Elementary Assistant Principal Joy Cawood is returning to the school after a one-year absence. Over the past year Cawood has been Skyline Elementary’s Assistant Principal. In a move announced earlier this month, Richmond Elementary’s current Assistant Principal is transferring to Sangre Ridge.
“This particular position feels like a natural fit for me,” says Cawood. “I’m a Richmond alum and also began my administration career there before moving to Skyline.”
A graduate of Stillwater High School and Oklahoma State University, Cawood has worked in the district for the past eight years, including three years at Richmond, serving as Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Instructional Coach, and Assistant Principal. In addition to her duties at Richmond, Cawood will begin to operate as the district’s Technology Integration Coordinator.
Cawood anticipates her experience presenting professional development and creating curricula in literacy and science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics will serve her well in her new district-wide technology duties. “I’m excited to take on more of an SPS leadership role in the technology integration capacity. It’s a vital role as we face the potential for distance learning this next year,” Cawood says, knowing the upcoming school year will present unique challenges.
“I want to make the process easier for staff, students, and families. My first goal is to help teachers feel safe, comfortable, and efficient with our increased use of technology both in the brick-and-mortar classroom and in a potential distance learning model, while also aiming for high levels of student learning. It’s a big task, but I feel ready to tackle it.”
“We are excited to have a familiar face returning to the Richmond staff,” says Richmond Principal Kendra Rider. “Joy Cawood will be an incredible asset to our families and teachers alike because she understands our culture and knows so many in our Richmond family. She will have no problem jumping right back in where she left off.