Sand Springs Education Foundation Class of 2017
Stacey Butterfield
The edition’s special Sandite is none other than Stacey Butterfield, class of 1985. Stacy is now the Superintendent for Jenks Public Schools and in 2017 was inducted into the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame!
Stacey grew up in Sand Springs and spent most of her childhood education at Sand Springs Public Schools. The Hall of Famer went on to get her undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University coming back to Sand Springs to spend her summers teaching as a teacher’s aid. She later got her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma, before graduating and starting her career as a classroom teacher for Jenks Public Schools.
Taking on new challenges, after years of teaching in Jenks Public Schools Stacey embraced a role as the Director of Public Relations for the district . She then became the Building Principal at Jenks East Elementary before becoming Jenks Public Schools Assistant Superintendent.
Stacey told us about her time in Sand Springs, citing her teachers and administrators as her influencers during that time. Stacey believes that Sand Springs helped shape her career. When asked what her initial reaction to being inducted into the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017 was, she said,
“I was truly honored and humbled to be inducted into the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame. Sand Springs was a wonderful place to grow up, and I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I received from so many people in the community. My experience as a student in Sand Springs gave me a greater understanding of the importance of public education.”
Our Where Are They Now Sandite has taken her lessons learned and Sandite spirit through her education, into being an educator, and an administrator. She’s now an advocate for the Oklahoma school system, serving as a member on a number of state and national organizations.
“I hope today’s students realize just how many people believe in them, and want to see them succeed. Whether it is in academics, athletics, the arts, or any other pursuit, I would encourage students to take full advantage of every opportunity. It is so beneficial to find a support system, establish goals, and push forward with confidence. I’m thankful for the teachers, principals, and coaches who passed those lessons on to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those influences and the strong foundation I was able to form in Sand Springs.”
Stacey’s education career has brought her more than an induction into the 2017 Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame. The Tulsa Business Journal named her one of the 21 Women of Distinction in 2013. She currently represents Jenks Public Schools on Governor Fallin’s Education Advisory Committee and represents the school system on State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s Advisory Council.
Stacey is a true Sandite, born and raised. Her love and passion for education, starting right here in Sand Springs, has propelled her to the top of Green Country’s third largest school district.
Stacey Butterfield, congratulations on your past, present, and future achievements! Go Sandites!