NORMAN — The Norman Board of Education announced tonight that it is hiring Dr. Peter Liesenfeld as principal of Norman North High School and Annette Williams as principal of Madison Elementary.
Liesenfeld has led Longfellow Middle School since 2011, and Williams has led Coolidge Elementary in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, also since 2011.
NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano said he was pleased with the robust pool of candidates from within and outside Oklahoma for both positions and was excited by the ideas and passion both Liesenfeld and Williams would bring to their new jobs.
“Peter Liesenfeld has this contagious mindset that constantly explores better and more effective ways to help students be successful, and it has led to extraordinary results at Longfellow,” Siano said, sharing that Liesenfeld had recruited an impressive staff and created a culture of high expectations, innovation and community support.
“We know that culture will continue, even though Peter is leaving and being charged with a new challenge. That’s why we have no misgivings about asking him to take his talent to Norman North,” Siano said.
The superintendent said Liesenfeld’s meaningful involvement the last year and half in the district’s plans for a Freshman Academy and University Center at both high schools further distinguished him among the impressive pool of candidates to replace Bryan Young, who left Norman North to pursue a legal career.
He also had equal confidence Annette Williams was the right person to fill the shoes left by her predecessor, Pam Charlson, who accepted a position in her hometown of Chickasha.
“Under Annette Williams’ leadership, Coolidge has improved its student achievement, attendance and mobility rates,” he said. “We are excited by the talent and insight she brings to Madison and have confidence it will build on the very successful foundation left by Pam.”
Liesenfeld grew up in Norman and has worked his entire 14-year career in his hometown, also serving as assistant principal of Alcott, assistant band director at Norman High and band director of Irving Middle School. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and doctorate at the University of Oklahoma.
Williams has had a 29-year career that has included service to Putnam City, Choctaw and Harrah public schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.
As a result of tonight’s announcement, NPS immediately will post the position of Longfellow principal and plans to name Liesenfeld’s replacement before the start of the 2014-15 school year.