Next month, students from Surrey Hills Elementary will see a new faculty member walking the halls. Bill Pierce will assume his duties as the new Surrey Hills Elementary principal, taking over for Maggie Sander, who retired in May.
Pierce, a Yukon resident since 1997, is familiar with this community. In fact, he has several family members who are working or have worked for Yukon Public Schools. His wife is an educator at Yukon Public Schools. His mother-in-law recently retired from teaching at Yukon High School and his children attend Yukon Public Schools.
“For me, living in the community, believing in a school system that, in my opinion, is an exceptional school system and community, the decision to pursue that opening was very clear to me,” Pierce said. “That is something that I thought I should do and wanted to do.”
Pierce said because of the diligent work Sander and the teachers at Surrey Hills Elementary did prior to him taking the job, has created a platform that he would like to build upon.
He added that all of the great work that administration has accomplished has created a foundation that has already been laid. He wants to add to that now.
“My first priority is to get to know the students and the families, and to develop those relationships,” he said. “Then we can focus on academic excellence for our children and our community.”
One thing that means the most to Pierce, is the opportunity to make every student successful.
“It’s our responsibility to help students be successful,” he said. “I’m a service-before-self type leader. I strive to do and be excellent in everything I do. I want those that I serve to be the best that they can be.”
Pierce has a long career in the education system in Oklahoma.
Before taking the position at Surrey, Pierce was the principal at Windsor Hills Elementary in Oklahoma City from 2012 to 2014.
Some of the things he accomplished at Windsor Hills included revamping the safety procedures which resulted in a safer arrival and dismissal process.
He also served on the district technology bond team, which resulted in a $6 Million technology bond.
From 2009 to 2012 he was the principal at D.D. Kirkland Elementary in the Putnam City School District.
At D.D. Kirkland, Pierce was instrumental in revamping that school’s safety procedures, which resulted in a safer arrival and dismissal process for the students.
From 2008-09, Pierce was assistant principal at Wiley Post Elementary in the Putnam City School District.
From 2007-08 he was an assistant principal intern at Western Oaks Elementary in the Putnam City School District.
From 2005-07, he was a substitute site administrative intern at Putnam City High School.
He has his Master’s in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University with a teaching certificate.
Surrey Hills Elementary will host a back to school night Aug. 11. The first day of school is Aug. 14. The 2014-15 Surrey Hills school supply list can be seen here: