Dr. Robert “Heavy” Everett was recently named the Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year. Everett is currently the Superintendent at Newcastle Public Schools.
Everett is the son of the late Bill and Tina Everett, brother to Linda & husband , Bob, Van Meter, and uncle to Shannon Van Meter of Antlers. He was raised in Antlers, where he attended and graduated from Antlers High School in 1970. He then went on to get his BS of Education from S.E. in Durant, his Masters at Central State College, and his Educational Administration Doctorate at Oklahoma University.
Everett began his 34 year career in Education as a History teacher in Minco, where he later became principle. He then went on to be an assistant principal and principal of Mustang High School. Before Everett moved to Newcastle, he spent three years at Woodward Public Schools as an assistant superintendent.
He is a current member of Cooperative Council Oklahoma School Administration, Oklahoma Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, United Suburban Schools Association and University of Oklahoma College of Education Board of Advocates. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and served twice as president. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the Newcastle Education Foundation. In addition to presenting at state conferences, he is an adjunct professor at Southern Nazarene University.
One of the things that got Everett this honor, according to the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators notes, before his arrival in Newcastle, the district had never passed a bond issue for more than a million dollars. In 2009, a $50.4 million dollar bond issue was approved.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected. There is no greater honor than to be selected by one’s peers,” Everett was quoted saying in a news release. “We have very high expectations for our students. All of us are smarter than any of us. Collaboration is the key to success. We strive to share our common goals with the community and work together to serve the students to the best of our ability.”
To be chosen as a recipient of this award, the selection committee recognizes an individual who represents strong moral values, demonstrates a successful experience in top level educational administration, inspires and motivates people, promotes personal and professional growth, and is an active participant in local, state and national professional organizations.
Everett will be recognized with the highest award presented each year to a school superintendent during the annual summer conference June 8-10 in Oklahoma City, hosted by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and will then go on to represent Oklahoma in the competition for National Superintendent of the Year in February 2012 during a convention in Houston, TX.