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Dr. Joe Pierce - Superintendent


Dr. Joe Pierce was named as the new Oakdale School superintendent in December, 2019 and joined the faculty in March, 2020. “The Oakdale school board’s vision for academic success and continual improvement fuels my passion for excellence in education,” Pierce stated. He values strong relationships and collaborating with parents, the board of education, the faculty and staff and looks forward to honoring past successes while soaring to new heights in the future!

Prior to coming to Oakdale School, Dr. Pierce was the founding Head of School at John W. Rex Charter School in downtown Oklahoma City. The new elementary school opened in 2014, followed by 2018’s middle school expansion in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. His commitment to students and enthusiasm for innovation created Oklahoma City’s first downtown charter school, including the only active, public school in a botanical garden in the country.  Dr. Pierce built a strong rapport with the community by partnering with the school’s many downtown neighbors and local businesses to create extended classrooms for hands-on and authentic learning opportunities. 

With over three decades of experience in public education, Dr. Pierce brings a wide variety of experiences and perspectives to Oakdale. Pierce received both the National Distinguished Principal Award and the Oklahoma Elementary Principal of the Year Award in 2007, along with numerous other awards throughout his career. Dr. Pierce holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Olivet Nazarene University.


Other awards include: 

  • National Blue Ribbon School | 2020
  • Top Workplace: The Oklahoman | 2019
  • Best Charter School in OKC: Metro Family Magazine | 2019
  • Urban Land Institute of Oklahoma Impact Award: Finalist for Small Scale Rehabilitation & Restoration | 2019
  • Project Lead the Way Distinguished School District | 2017
  • OKC Beautiful Community Spirit Award | 2015
  • Urban Land Institute of Oklahoma Impact Award: Finalist for Best Large-Scale Infill Development Project | 2015
  • Finalist for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Medal for Excellence in Administration | 2008
  • Oklahoma’s Academic Achievement Award scoring a perfect 1,500 Academic Performance Index | 2008
  • Great Expectations Model School Award | 2008
  • Oklahoma Title I Distinguished School Award | 1999

Dr. Pierce lives in Edmond with his wife, a registered nurse, and his high school-aged daughter. He also has a grown son that teaches and coaches at Crossings Christian School (CCS) and his son’s wife teaches at Oklahoma Christian School (OCS). In his free time, Pierce enjoys traveling, reading, attending OSU football and Thunder basketball games, spending time with friends, and serving in a variety of ministries at Henderson Hills Baptist Church.


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