Memorial’s new head principal


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Brandi Wheeler has been named Edmond Memorial’s new head principal for the 2022-2023 school year.

Macey Thaxton, Staff Writer

After six rewarding years, Edmond Memorial High School’s Principal, Anthony Rose is moving away from his role as principal to his new role as Executive Director of Educational Services at the district level.

The position includes working on curriculum for the district as well as ensuring that Edmond Public Schools is up to date with all of the state education laws. Rose will be working closely with Superintendent Angela Grunewald to create and distribute new curriculum. 

“It’s always going to be fun to have a new adventure, but I am sad. This is a great place, and I’ll miss the students and the teachers,” Rose said. 

Coming in to replace Rose as the Head Principal of Memorial in the 2022-2023 school year is the current Freshman Principal, Brandi Wheeler. 

“I’m very honored and lucky. We have an amazing school here and I’m excited to work with the kids and to continue traditions and the spirit that we have here,” Wheeler said.

Originally from Texas, Wheeler has been working at Memorial for three years, one year as a sophomore/junior Principal and two as the Freshman Principal. She was a former administrator in Texas as well before moving to Edmond Memorial.

“I know Mrs. Wheeler is going to do a great job and she loves this place too,” Rose said. 

Wheeler will transition over to the main building and into her new position over the summer to settle into her role as well as helping train new hires. Some goals she has for her time as head principal are supporting teachers, reaching out to all students and letting the community assist in the school.

“She and I have worked together for three years now, and I love her. I’m very excited; we work very well together,” Senior Principal Sally Stewart said.

With her own building, Wheeler has made it a priority to make personal connections with her students. She plans to take this priority with her to the main building and build connections with both students and teachers. The search for a new Freshman Principal has yet to begin, although it will ensue around July. 

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Rose for four out of the eight years I have been in education. He will do a great job helping lead our district, but he will be missed at Memorial,” Academic Principal Matthew Robinson said.

Although Rose will still occasionally be seen around campus, he will be missed by many around the school.

“It’s important to do your best in all different aspects but really enjoy your time here at Edmond Memorial. I would say it means something to be a bulldog and it’s important to carry on those traditions of excellence in all that we do,” Rose said.

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