April Grace

Superintendent, Shawnee Public Schools

Dr. April Grace, superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools, has served as an educator in Oklahoma for more than 30 years. Under her leadership, the school district has received national recognition for innovation in serving at-risk students and has been named a top workplace in local and statewide publications. Dr. Grace is currently serving as president of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators, only the second woman elected to the position in the 88-year history of the organization and the only woman to be elected in the past 25 years. Her recent awards include the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence and the Oklahoma School Administrator Award from Oklahoma School Librarians, the state's AASL Chapter. She is a member of the 2018 AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium, a cohort of 25 top female education leaders in the United States, and she serves on the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest Governing Board. In June 2020, she was named as one of the members of the 34th Class of Leadership Oklahoma. Dr. Grace is an administrator who continues to teach, serving as an adjunct instructor and course designer for several university graduate education programs.