By Terry Groover
A former member of the Oklahoma Department of Education has joined the staff of the Yukon Public Schools as its director of curriculum and instruction.
Desarae Witmer joined the staff May 2, according to a news release from the school district.
Witmer recently was the executive director of school support for the state agency. She had been in that role since 2015. She also has served as a teacher in and coach at schools in the Oklahoma City district and in Putnam City.
She served as a principal at Edmond’s Summit Middle School and as an assistant principal at Central Middle School, also in Edmond.
During her time at Summit, Witmer was named Principal of the Year for Edmond.
“I am excited to join a growing district that welcomes growth, diversity, and is focused on meeting the needs of all children,” she said.
Witmer is replacing Kathy Davis, who is retiring from the district after a long career as both a teacher and administrator, said assistant Superintendent Jason Brunk.
Brunk said Witmer’s job will place her in charge of the district’s curriculum, making sure it meets the Oklahoma Academic Standards.
“She is in charge of student learning,” Brunk said.
Yukon Superintendent Jason Simeroth said he is thrilled to have her on board.
“Desarae Witmer has been a leader in the field of education for more than 20 years. She is a tremendous complement to the team we have assembled here in Yukon, and will no doubt be a significant part of our moving forward as we continue to work with our staff, our students and our community to accomplish our strategic plan,” Simeroth said.
Yukon has more than 8,400 students.
Witmer said the opportunity to work more closely with teachers and staff helped lead her to the Yukon position.