Ben Harris, Jodie Shupe, and David Chaney

Jodie Shupe, Principal of the Year, with Epic Co-Founder Ben Harris and Epic Co-Founder and Superintendent David Chaney.

Cushing resident Jodie Shupe has been named EPIC Charter Schools Principal of the Year. Shupe was named in ceremonies this week at EPIC’s annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation event, which was held this year at the Jones Assembly in Oklahoma City.

Since 2014, Shupe has worked for EPIC, which is the state’s largest charter school, as well as Oklahoma’s 11th largest public school system with more than 13,158 students in 77 counties this school year.

The EPIC Principal of the Year is chosen as the principal whose teachers post the school’s highest student performance and student retention percentages. Shupe supervises 25 EPIC teachers, one of whom was named EPIC Teacher of the Year also this week.

“Jodie is a dedicated and passionate public educator who inspires and motivates her team day in and day out to work to transform children’s lives,” said EPIC Superintendent David Chaney. “We are fortunate to have her on our team and our proud to name her our Principal of the Year.”

Also at EPIC’s annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation event this week, Taylor Stimac was announced EPIC Teacher of the Year. Stimac has worked for EPIC since 2012 and serves students in northeast Oklahoma in the vicinity of Poteau. EPIC’s Teacher of the Year and the finalists for the award are the school’s teachers with the highest student performance and student retention rates.

The other finalists for EPIC Teacher of the Year were:

  • Jennifer Lake, who has worked for EPIC since 2012 and resides in Sapulpa.
  • Jennifer Earp, who has worked for EPIC since 2013 and resides in Elmore City.
  • Amy DeBell, who has worked for EPIC since 2014 and resides in Claremore.
  • Kyle Perkins, who has worked for EPIC since 2014 and resides in Mustang.
  • Lori Ordway, who has worked for EPIC since 2011 and resides in Ardmore.
  • Ashley Green, who has worked for EPIC since 2016 and resides in Edmond.
  • Audrey Villani, who has worked for EPIC since 2014 and resides in Norman.
  • Mary Littrell, who has worked for EPIC since 2015 and resides in Madill.
  • Terry Spencer, who has worked for EPIC since 2012 and resides in Oklahoma City.

“We are indeed blessed with the caliber of educators working for us at EPIC,” Chaney said. “They meet with their students one-on-one regularly and use multiple mediums for daily engaging students and facilitating personalized instruction, from phone calls and emails, to use of Skype and Google Hangout, they are innovative thinkers and extraordinary professionals.”

Founded in 2011, EPIC is a statewide charter school that blends digital instruction with regular one-on-one instruction by a certified Oklahoma teacher, serving students in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. EPIC employs close to 550 teachers, principals and staff and boasts the state’s highest teacher compensation. It was recently named the No. 3 Top Workplace in Oklahoma among large employers.

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