Ardmore City Schools actively recruits highly qualified instructional staff year round. We attend Oklahoma and Texas college recruitment fairs each year seeking certified staff members. Through the efforts of the Cornerstone Foundation, we are able to offer signing bonuses for our hard to fill areas. This has significantly increased our ability to attract outstanding educators.
We have 251 certified staff members, five of whom have doctorate degrees and eighty-eight with masters’ degrees. Among this group of educators, eight are National Board Certified.
A comprehensive new teacher induction is provided for our new teachers at the beginning of each school year. All first year teachers are provided a mentor and university assistance. New teachers to the district are paired with a buddy teacher in their grade level or subject area.
We provide continual learning for our staff members through various avenues. A reimbursement of $50.00 per college hour is given to all staff members working toward their masters degrees. We have also partnered with the University of Oklahoma, providing a masters program in School and Community Renewal for interested staff members. We also reimburse each of our staff members to take certification tests in core subject areas.
We our proud of the continuing staff development that is offered to each of our staff members. It parallels the Oklahoma PASS Objectives ensuring excellence with all of our students.