Butterfield credits ‘team’ after achieving high honor
Jenks Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield was named the 2019 State Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators June 5 at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Summer Leadership Conference.
Butterfield has served as Jenks Public Schools’ Superintendent since March of 2013 and is preparing to enter her seventh school year as the leader of JPS.
“I am extremely humbled to receive this award, and I am incredibly grateful to the CCOSA and OASA for all they do to support school administrators,” Butterfield said. “It is an honor to represent my colleagues from around the state, who work tirelessly to advocate for public education here in Oklahoma. It takes a team of dedicated people to make our districts operate effectively and provide the best educational experience for our students. I am thankful to work with so many talented individuals at Jenks and around the state, who are committed to ensuring success for all students.”
Before becoming superintendent in 2013, Butterfield has served Jenks Public Schools as a teacher, building principal, director of communications, human resources supervisor and deputy superintendent. She said this award is all about the people she works with on a daily basis.
“I am a firm believer that none of us work in isolation,” Butterfield said. “None of us achieve goals or dreams working alone. It takes a team. What I do on a daily basis is made possible with the team I have here at Jenks. I love what I do because it’s working with young people, professional educators, business leaders and philanthropic organizations to create an educational experience that establishes a platform for our students to be able to achieve the success they want.
“For some that’s college, for some it’s a career, for some it’s going into the military service. Whatever their dream is, I am thrilled that here in Jenks, we work together to make it happen. For me, it’s all about the team.”
Butterfield said what makes the Jenks community special is the people. She added that people in the Jenks community believe in community and the school district and have a desire for a quality of life. She said they believe in unity in the community and that feeds success.
In her six years at the helm of the Jenks school district, Butterfield says she has grown immensely.
“I’ve grown in learning how to maximize resources,” Butterfield said. “People and organizations all coming together behind an initiative or an idea and the outcome of that and how it can influence students and opportunities for the district. I’ve grown in learning how to advocate for students, advocate for teachers and advocate for public education, but also celebrating and recognizing that the work of our elected officials is challenging, and they have needs they are trying to address across the entire state.
“While we know what we need for public education, we need to respect that they are trying to balance the needs for public education and all the other needs in other areas of the state to help us grow and prosper. I’ve also grown in learning how to solicit and getting input from all stakeholder groups and then applying it to help guide the work we do here.”
The OASA has 20 districts that consists of multiple counties and in April, Butterfield was one of 20 superintendents named OASA District Superintendents of the Year. Eligible members are nominated and selected by their peers in their OASA District.