Enid Public Schools is expanding its Curriculum and Instruction department to better serve the students of Enid.

 With more than 7,800 students in the district, administration has appointed new positions to focus on elementary and secondary learning that will assist in even more effective learning in the classroom.

 District Curriculum Director, Kristen Jones, is spearheading the initiative by leading two curriculum coordinators, new positions in the district. Kevin Artman will be the elementary curriculum coordinator and Andrea Semrad-Gober will be the secondary curriculum coordinator. The positions will also include taking on state testing responsibilities.

 “Curriculum and instruction are at the heart of what our teachers do every day. The added leadership in the curriculum and instruction department will mean additional support for all of our teachers,” Jones said. 

 Artman is currently an elementary instructional coach at Garfield Elementary. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher at Buckland School in Buckland, Alaska. He then came to EPS in 2014 as a classroom teacher at Garfield Elementary and became an instructional coach in 2018. Artman holds a bachelor of arts from Michigan State University. He has also earned a masters in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. Artman is certified in elementary education, social studies-geography, and is a licensed reading specialist.

 Semrad-Gober earned her bachelors in science with an emphasis in English from Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards her masters in educational leadership. She has been with EPS since 2006, serving as a classroom teacher for grades 7-12, English department head, and Pom and Cheer Coach.  In 2020, Semrad-Gober moved to the position of Emerson Middle School’s school improvement specialist. Currently, she is the district assessment coordinator and facilitates all state and local testing. She holds certification in secondary English language arts.

 Jones expressed her enthusiasm in the direction the department is going and her confidence in the team leading Enid educators.

 “I look forward to the knowledge and experience that Kevin and Andrea are bringing to these new curriculum positions.”