Monday, July 12, 2021

Stitt's Secretary of Education, Ryan Walters, enters race for State Superintendent


“It is with great excitement that I announce my campaign to run for State Superintendent. As a teacher, I have spent my career advocating for and on behalf of our state's incredible educators and students and will continue to do so as I seek this new role as State Superintendent.”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- Ryan Walters today announced his campaign for Oklahoma State Superintendent. Walters currently serves as the Secretary for Public Instruction. 

“I am thrilled to announce my campaign for Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction. Oklahoma is the best place to live, work, and raise a family in the nation but Oklahoma will only continue to thrive if we have an educated workforce to support our growing economy. 

Walters continued, “As an educator myself, I have enjoyed following my students and seeing how their education in my classroom and countless others directly contributed to their personal success. I will not stop until every Oklahoma student is given the educational opportunities to succeed to their highest potential. That is what is driving my run for state Superintendent.

Walters was named Secretary of Public Education by Governor Kevin Stitt in September of 2020. As Secretary of Education, Walters is responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions, including the State Board of Education, College and University Boards of Regents or Trustees, Office of Educational Quality and Accountability and the State Board of Career and Technology Education.  

“Serving as Secretary of Education alongside Gov. Kevin Stitt has prepared me for the state Superintendent role in countless ways. 

I’m thrilled to continue engaging with students, teachers, and parents in communities across Oklahoma. Together, I know we can make Oklahoma a Top Ten state for education." 

Walters also serves as the Executive Director of Every Kid Counts Oklahoma, where he is empowering teachers, parents and community leaders to improve Oklahoma's education system for all students.  He taught history for a majority of his career at McAlester High School, where he was a finalist for the Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year distinction. He currently teaches AP U.S. History at Millwood High School and McAlester High School.  

Ryan Walters previously served as the Executive Director of Oklahoma Achieves, an education initiative of the State Chamber of Oklahoma that sought to get the business community more actively engaged in education. Ryan is a lifelong advocate of improving Oklahoma’s education system and helping every student reach their full potential. 

For more information about Ryan Walters and his campaign, visit


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