Brett Stidham is an Ardmore Native, where his family has lived since 1893. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a certified educator and administrator with a passion for enhancing the lives of children and families. As a Fellow of the Native American Community Academy (NACA) Inspired Schools Network he lives out that passion in his home community by working to ensure that all students, regardless of family income or zip code, have the opportunity to attain a high-quality education. As a first-generation college student and a beneficiary of the Oklahoma's Promise program, Brett has firsthand experience in the value of and opportunities available from an excellent education. Following graduation from OU with a degree in Human Resources Management, he was accepted to Teach for America where he entered his first teaching assignment in Prince George's County, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. During that time, Brett saw each day the impact of education inequity and the incredible challenges of educating in a community hard hit by poverty and associated trauma. In response, he and a team of three educator colleagues proposed the winning pitch to his district of 125,000 students to create a mental health residency, where area externs would provide mental health services for students at no cost to families.
To bring his experience home Brett in 2014 moved to Ardmore and accepted a math teaching post at his alma mater - Plainview High School. This was his first step in creating a community-led movement for high-quality education options for all. At Plainview, he realized that inequities persisted, even in an environment that was different in many facets from the one he worked in while in Washington, D.C.
Knowing that he needed further personal education to achieve his dream of progressing his home community's education climate, Brett enrolled and completed his masters in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, which allowed him to take a position as an assistant principal at Charles Evans in Ardmore in the fall of 2015.Brett continues to work diligently to improve the education opportunities for all children. He spends countless hours tutoring, mentoring, and working to fulfill his dream of creating a school, where socio-economic status matter not, and where students are both challenged and nurtured through an educational environment second to none.