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BA Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop honored as Citizen of the Year at annual Chamber banquet

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Dr. Janet Dunlop and Mike Cooper

Hundreds of Broken Arrow community members and leaders gather every year to show their support towards one another during the annual Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. This year, Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop was named Citizen of the Year during this year's formal gala.

“Janet is a great spokesperson for our community and leads her educators, staff and students by example,” said Mike Cooper, Board of Directors chairman for the Broken Arrow Chamber. “Under her guidance, we currently have one of the best bands in the nation and the best football team in the state. Thank you, Dr. Dunlop, for your support of our community and dedication to the most important asset that our city possesses - our children.”

The Citizen of the Year award was one of 18 presented at the awards ceremony. Since 1959, this honor has been given to an individual who displays a “service above self” mentality, consistently working with organizations in the community to improve the city of Broken Arrow. 

“I am incredibly humbled to be recognized as the Broken Arrow Citizen of the Year,” Dunlop said. “This award is a true reflection of the constant support our community members give our students, teachers and staff members. To know that I live and work in a place that values the success and education of every student is very special.”

Dr. Dunlop has been in the field of education since 1991, starting her career as an English teacher. She has been with Broken Arrow Public Schools for more than nine years, serving as the executive director of curriculum, chief academic officer, associate superintendent of instruction and, now, as superintendent of schools.

During her time with the instructional division, she facilitated a districtwide literacy initiative resulting in significant increases in elementary literacy achievement, which received recognition by the National Reading Recovery Council. This literacy initiative helped develop Broken Arrow Public Schools’ mantra of “100 percent Literacy, Engagement, Graduation – Every Student, Every Day,” which provides a goal for every student and employee. From there, she established four core values that emphasize a family-centered school culture.

She also led efforts to form a partnership with Tulsa Technology Center and the Broken Arrow Manufacturing Alliance. This collaboration between the district, post-secondary educational institutions and business partners is creating a pipeline of highly skilled manufacturing certifications on the Broken Arrow High School campus while also generating pathways for every graduating senior.

In her first 18 months as superintendent, she joined forces with Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University Broken Arrow to create a 2+2 Dual Degree program for students to graduate high school while simultaneously earning an associate degree at little to no cost to parents.

She represents the state of Oklahoma on the National College Board Advisory Council and the National SAT Advisory Council. In addition, she represents Broken Arrow Public Schools on State Superintendent Hofmeister’s Advisory Council and the State of Oklahoma Accountability and Assessment Task Force.

In 2016, she was named as the Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators. In 2017, she received the Women’s Community Impact Award at the Broken Arrow Chamber’s Successful Women’s Luncheon.