After five years at Charles Evans Elementary, Ellen Patty is returning home.


After five years at Charles Evans Elementary, Ellen Patty is returning home.

 

The new Lincoln Elementary principal taught at Lincoln for 13 years before serving as the Title I coordinator and literacy coach at Charles Evans.

 

“I feel like I’ve come home because I was here for so long. It feels good to be back,” Patty said.

 

She received her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and her master’s degree from East Central University.

 

While she has always worked at Ardmore City Schools, this is her first time as an administrator.

 

“I’m really excited about it. The staff here is very cohesive and welcoming,” Patty said.

 

She has already begun work analyzing the school’s recently received test scores.

 

“We have totals but not individual scores,” she said. “Teachers will go through and see where weaknesses are. The benchmarks go up this year, so we will be working to bring those up to make AYP (adequate yearly progress).”

 

The faculty will also be doing a book study on total class participation techniques.

 

“We will be reading it and studying it as a staff. We will be trying it out to see if that will help our kids and keep them engaged,” Patty said.

 

Other plans include maintaining Lincoln’s status as a Great Expectations Model School and implementing the Literacy First program along with the rest of the district.