Deputy State Superintendent Andy Young is retiring this summer after seven years with the department.
Among his last duties is cleaning out his office — including, he says, a lot of frog figurines, a collection that has drawn many questions over the years.
“I think it’s stood for the fact that the children we serve are symbols of frogs needing to be kissed so they can turn into princes and princesses, and I think (educators) always try to do what they can to reach out and do what they can for kids,” he said.
That work will continue, he added.
“Our challenges have never been few and they will not be fewer. … I’ve been very proud of the efforts of this state and my colleagues here and I want to let you know that I appreciate that very much,” Young said.
As Young ends his time with the department, Betsy Mabry is beginning hers.
Thursday was Mabry’s first meeting as a State Board of Education board member as a representative of Congressional District 3.
Mabry is a science teacher from Enid and the 1993 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
Wendy K. Kleinman