The Edmond Board of Education has selected Dr. Angela Mills Grunewald, current Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, as the district’s next superintendent.
Edmond board members approved her hiring during a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23 today, following a comprehensive two-month search.
Grunewald will be the first female superintendent in the district’s history, with the exception of an interim superintendent in the early 1900s. She will oversee 23,600 students, nearly 3,000 employees and 30 campuses when she assumes the leadership position following the retirement of Bret Towne at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
“We are excited Dr. Grunewald will be the next leader of Edmond Public Schools,” Kathleen Duncan, Board of Education president, said. “From her days as an Edmond principal to her current position, she has long been a driving force behind the success of our district and its students. Her knowledge of the district – and the relationships she’s built – will allow her to hit the ground running as superintendent; however, it is her vision for the future of EPS, and her strengths as a school administrator, that make her the perfect fit for the job.”
Grunewald began her career as an elementary teacher with Snyder Public Schools, before continuing in the classroom in El Reno and Leedey. She then joined the EPS family, serving as assistant principal and principal of Charles Haskell Elementary School from 2003-2008 before moving to Sequoyah Middle School from 2008-2011.
After a successful tenure as principal, she transitioned to district administration, serving Piedmont Public Schools as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Mustang Public Schools as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, before returning home to Edmond in 2016 as the Executive Director of Elementary Education. She was then elevated to her current position, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services.
Grunewald received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in school leadership from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. She served as an adjunct professor for the University of Central Oklahoma. This marks her 33rd year in education.
According to Grunewald, accepting the position is especially rewarding because of her affinity for the district and the Edmond community.
“I love Edmond Public Schools, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be. It is the people that make it a special place to work and to learn. They’re my family,” Grunewald said. “EPS is an outstanding school district with high expectations and strong community support. Together, with help from our incredible team, I am excited to build on this foundation of excellence and to take the district to the next level.”
Grunewald, a Woodward native, said students, staff members, parents and residents can expect her to foster a supportive school environment where all students and staff are welcomed and feel a sense of belonging.
“I will be accessible and available,” she said. “People can count on me to listen to and respect their feedback and input. By working together, we can deliver great opportunities for our students. My focus will always be providing them with a safe, innovative place to learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally.”
During her career, Grunewald’s professional memberships have included the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Learning Forward: The Professional Learning Association, the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators, the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals, the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association and Oklahoma’s Teaching and Learning Consortium.
Grunewald has twice been named regional Assistant Superintendent of the Year by OASA – once for District 14 in 2014 and once for District 7 in 2020. She served on the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Wavier Writing Committee and assisted Canadian Valley Technology Center as an advisory board member. As a teacher, she was a National Board Certification Teacher Scholarship recipient and a building-level Teacher of the Year.
Her community involvement includes being an Edmond Fine Arts board member, serving as an Edmond Mental Health Committee member, teaching children’s Sunday School and leading a small-group Bible study at her church.
As part of the search, board members launched an online survey that allowed community members to provide input about the qualities they wanted in the next superintendent.
“Thank you to the parents, staff, students and community members who took time to complete the search survey,” Duncan said. “Your feedback was very valuable to the process.”
“Edmond School Board Names New Superintendent.” Edmond Public Schools, edmondschools.net/news/2021/edmond-school-board-names-new-superintendent/.