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New SMS Assistant Principal named

(Stillwater, Oklahoma) Stillwater Middle School has filled its recently vacated assistant principal position. Jason Riggs, who has been employed by the district in a variety of capacities for eleven years will assume the role. 


“I am super excited to join the team at Stillwater Middle School,” says Riggs. “I have big shoes to fill with Mr. Treat moving to SHS, but I am excited to utilize my experiences and contribute to the awesome progress happening at SMS every day.”


A graduate of Edmond Memorial, Riggs received his elementary education bachelors from OSU in 2004. Until 2007, he was employed by Bishop John Carroll School in Oklahoma City as a seventh and eighth grade math and science teacher. He then taught fifth grade in Edmond for five years. In 2012, he relocated to Stillwater where he has taught at Will Rogers and Sangre Ridge Elementary Schools, serving as a fourth and fifth grade teacher and a math interventionist. At Sangre Ridge he was named Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. There he also worked under principal Ryan Blake, who now serves as the SMS principal. 


Following completion of a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Oklahoma State University in May 2021, Riggs has served as Assistant Principal at Stillwater Junior High School.


According to Riggs, “Throughout my career, I've been fortunate to work with some inspiring and influential educators, and Mr. Blake is someone I've hoped to get to work with again, especially at the administrative level. Mrs. Jackson is another fantastic leader in our district who I'm excited to learn from and collaborate with in my new role.”


Principal Ryan Blake says he’s excited to have Riggs join the team. “It will be great to be working with Jason Riggs again. His experience with this age group of students and the couple years before and after will serve him well. He knows where they’ve been and where they are going educationally. We’ll miss Mr. Treat, and wish him the best at SHS, but we’re happy to welcome Mr. Riggs into our middle school family.”


Riggs and wife Andi have two boys, Theo and Oliver who is entering seventh grade at the middle school. “As a parent I've gotten to watch the impact the teachers and staff have on their students and I look forward to being a part of that team,” Riggs says.


He says he’s looking forward to continuing his work with students as they enter into this  transitional stage of their education, saying, “Coming out of elementary school and beginning to forge their own path is an important and exciting time for students. I'm looking forward to an incredible year!” 


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Barry Fuxa
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