Janet Vinson, Ph. D.
Superintendent of Schools | Appearance Request
Starting her career in 1991 as a high school English teacher, Dr. Janet Vinson has served the students of Broken Arrow since July 2010. In her tenure, she has served as the executive director of curriculum, chief academic officer, associate superintendent of instruction and now as superintendent of schools.
During her time leading the instructional division at Broken Arrow Public Schools, she facilitated a districtwide literacy initiative resulting in significant gains in elementary literacy achievement recognized by the National Reading Recovery Council. The literacy initiative set the groundwork for Broken Arrow Public Schools’ mantra of “100 percent Literacy, Engagement, Graduation,” which serves as a goal for every student, educator and staff member in the district.
In her first few years as superintendent, she established four core values to emphasize a family-centered school culture. Each value focuses on individual responsibility to serve students, the district and community through respectful relationships while maintaining a passion for learning.
Under her leadership, the district completed a three-and-a-half-year process involving hundreds of community members to reconfigure Broken Arrow High School, the largest high school in the state, in an innovative way that re-imagines what high school should be in the 21st Century. Now, Broken Arrow Public Schools has five specialized high school campuses, including Broken Arrow High School, the Options Academy, Early College High School, Broken Arrow Virtual Academy and the state-of-the-art Vanguard Academy of Broken Arrow.
Through each high school, the district’s Project Pathways program enables students to begin a career pathway through early college, early career tech and/or early trade apprenticeships, all of which will allow students to be life ready. In 2018, the district collaborated with Mullin Plumbing to create the first plumbing apprenticeship partnership whereby students work in paid apprenticeships and may earn a journeyman license upon graduation. This has since expanded to nearly 30 businesses who are currently hosting Broken Arrow students.
Additionally, Broken Arrow Public Schools joined forces with Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University to build concurrent associate degree programs, allowing high school students to graduate high school and earn an associate’s degree simultaneously, with little to no cost to parents.
For the 2021-22 school year, the Vanguard Academy of Broken Arrow opened its doors to students in grades 9-12. This unique, first-of-its-kind facility was designed specifically for next generation learning in all areas of study utilizing science, technology, engineering and mathematic principles. Through a cooperative effort between students, employees, administrators and the City of Broken Arrow, this building includes a number of labs, a makerspace, a workshop, a build shop, numerous outdoor classrooms and more. In addition, the vocational agriculture center will include animal pens and show barns for those students pursuing careers in agricultural production, agribusiness and other agricultural related occupations.
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Current Committees & Accolades:
- State Superintendent Advisory Council
- Oklahoma Association of School Administrators
- United Suburban Schools Association
- Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators
- American Association of School Administrators’ Redefining Ready Cohort
- 2016 Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators
- 2017 Women’s Community Impact Award by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce
- 2019 Citizen of the Year by the Broken Chamber of Commerce