Follow Us on Twitter
Wilson takes the helm at MEC

Mustang Education Center has a new principal for the 2017-2018 school year. Kirk Wilson has a bachelor’s of arts in speech/communication and a master’s in teaching, with professional experience in both an elementary and a secondary setting.

Wilson taught speech, drama, debate and English at Putnam City High School. While he loved the classroom and had students qualify for the national debate competition, he knew he wanted to be an administrator. He accepted a job at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City as an assistant principal, handling discipline and operations for sixth through 12th grade. Eventually, he took the head principal position at Wilson Elementary, a feeder school for Classen.

After five years, Wilson was told an opportunity was waiting for him, and he spent the next two years as the principal of Northwest Classen High School.

Leah Anderson, principal of Mustang Elementary, encouraged him to join Mustang Public Schools.

The fit at Mustang Education Center is perfect for Wilson’s background. MEC opened in 2003, the first project completed with the original MAPS for Kids funds. Mustang Public Schools purchased the vacant nursing home for $10 from HUD. The building made it possible to launch the district’s pre-kindergarten program in two wings and then provide a permanent home to PASS, or Partnership for Academic Student Success, the district’s alternative education program for students in ninth through 12th grade. PASS is not punitive; the program is designed for students who are not being successful in a traditional classroom and need to recover credits quickly to graduate.

For Wilson, having both the youngest and some of the oldest students in the district in the same building is perfect.

“I love it. I really loved when I was in elementary, but I taught and all my background was in high school. When I heard about this mixture I thought, ‘Wow. I’m certified in both. This is right up my alley,’” Wilson said. “I’m looking forward to delving into both worlds.”

Print This Article
© 2018. Mustang Public Schools. All Rights Reserved.