Dr. Carl Johnson, who previously served as superintendent for Jones Public Schools, will be announced as the new Oakdale superintendent during a public assembly at 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Oakdale School, 10901 N. Sooner in Edmond.
Johnson, a U.S. Army veteran who began his career in education in 1995 at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City as a long-term substitute teacher, says his wife’s experience as a 30-year teacher at Oakdale was one of many factors in his decision to seek the district’s superintendent role.
“My interest in Oakdale goes back 32 years when, after my Army service, I worked there as a custodian, bus driver and maintenance man until I started teaching at Taft,” he said. “I continued working summers until I became a high school principal in 2000.”
Johnson’s teaching experience includes stints teaching and coaching at McLoud High School and Central Middle School in Edmond. He was named principal at Jones High School in July 2000, serving 14 years in that role until being named Jones superintendent.
Johnson said the opportunity to leverage Oakdale’s resources to create a modern, student-centered learning environment helped lead to his career decision to carry on what he calls “the Oakdale standard.”
“Oakdale has been center in my sights throughout my 23-year career as a school leader,” Johnson said. “It has served as an example and aspiration for my core mission. I am energized by the opportunity.”
Oakdale was established in 1908 and currently serves a population of about 700 students.
Contact Dr. Carl Johnson at email@example.com