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  • SHS gets new principal

  • Shawnee High School has a new principal, a seasoned Oklahoma educator.
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  • Shawnee High School has a new principal, a seasoned Oklahoma educator.
    Angela Avila, mother of two sons, a seventh and tenth grader, has nine years experience as a principal, in addition to her time as a teacher.
    “She was a teacher in the Choctaw system,” Shawnee superintendent Dr. Marc Moore said. “But prior to that, she had been an administrator for many years at the high school and junior high level, in the Mustang system.”
    Avila wanted to return to an administrative role, as she missed the interactions with students, teachers, parents and the community as a whole.
    “Once I got back in the classroom, I was ready to go back to being a principal again,” she said.
    Her ambition aligned with opportunity. Moore said Principal Lee Hamilton notified the district in early spring he would be retiring, prompting a search for his successor.
    “There was a hiring committee consisting of public school administrators and Shawnee High School teachers,” Moore explained of the applicant screening and interview process.
    Avila said she could have gone to other, closer districts, but liked the small-town feel of Shawnee. She noted communities do not always draw into larger districts, and she likes the idea of community involvement.
    “Just getting to know the teachers, and the kids and the families, and seeing how the community revolves around the school,” she said.
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