Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

It is Yukon Public Schools' belief that all children are unique individuals, capable and creative. We believe that the educational experience should be structured to provide an appropriate environment in which children can grow emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically. The curriculum of Yukon's School System is arranged to benefit the students academically and prepare them effectively for advanced education or an easy transition to the workforce. Strong emphasis is placed on basic education skills at each level. Every effort is made to maintain an aligned curriculum, which tests students on information they are expected to learn. This information is included in the instruction they receive.

Contact Information
Phone: (405) 354-6608
Fax: (405) 265-1350


Desarae Witmer
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Ext. 1039

Desarae joins the Yukon team after positions with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Putnam City Schools, Wylie Independent School District (Texas), Edmond Public Schools, and Oklahoma City Public Schools. One of her favorite things about working for Yukon Public Schools is the outstanding support and encouragement from the community. When Desarae’s not in the office, she enjoys gardening, going to the lake, and supporting her OSU Cowboys.

Lehia Brake
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 1020

Lehia has worked in the education system since 1989 and as a member of the Yukon family since 2007. She has been masterfully keeping the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment department organized and operating efficiently since 2015. Not only is Lehia the first contact in the CIA office, she also enjoys helping staff with their Global Compliance (GCN) accounts. She loves being a member of the YPS team, and we love her! During her time away from work, Lehia enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and volunteering at church.

Michele Hale 
Elementary Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator
Ext. 1054

Michele is starting her third year as curriculum coordinator for Yukon. In addition to those three years, she spent twelve years in the classroom and is currently attending school for a Masters in Education. Michele’s favorite thing about her position is being able to support the highly dedicated teachers in this district. She loves seeing the passion that they show for their students every day. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” This quote by Benjamin Franklin is Michele’s inspiration for taking the district’s elementary math and science to a higher level of rigor.

Jeramey Tamez
Secondary Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator
Ext. 1040

Drew Price
Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Ext. 1055

Drew’s favorite quote reflects his passion as a lifelong learner and experience as a secondary English teacher: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (Shakespeare). In his current position as English Language Arts Coordinator, he enjoys being able to collaborate with other teachers from various grade levels and backgrounds. Drew is returning to Yukon Public Schools after teaching English, coaching soccer, and serving as an Instructional Coach in Putnam City, as well as time in Oklahoma City Public Schools as the Instructional Coach Coordinator.

Donna Morris
Social Studies and Career Tech Curriculum Coordinator
Ext. 1038

“They don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.”  Her favorite quote perfectly sums up Donna’s mission in working with the educators of Yukon Public Schools. She utilizes knowledge from twenty-seven years in the classroom, twenty-five years as a coach, six years as a district athletic director, and four years as a curriculum coordinator as she works alongside Yukon’s finest to help our students succeed. Donna is passionate about making the public education system the best it can be. When she’s not working with teachers, Donna enjoys running, cycling, playing golf, and eating bacon.

Amy Wingard
Gifted and Talented Facilitator 
Ext. 1077

“What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” (Chuck Grassley) This quote is the perfect reflection of Amy’s favorite thing about her role. She loves the excitement shown by students when they come to GATE. They are always eager to learn and be challenged. Not only does Amy work with GATE students, but she also works with teachers in Yukon. She enjoys helping teachers find new ones to differentiated learning in their classrooms to reach all students. When she’s not challenging teachers and students with new learning, she loves to read, spend time with her family, and visit the beach.

Angela Bilyeu
District Assessment Coordinator
Ext. 1019

Angela comes to Yukon after sixteen years in the classroom, two years as Secondary Mathematics Coordinator, and three years as Assistant Executive Director of State Assessments at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She gets excited about helping teachers use data to drive classroom instruction for optimal student outcomes. In her spare time, Angela not only attends sporting events for her three boys, she also frequents Piedmont athletic events in support of her husband, the Assistant Athletic Director.  

Amanda Oneth
Instructional Technology Coach
Ext. 1057

Even though the position of Instructional Technology Coach is new to Yukon, Amanda has four years experience as an Education Consultant helping teachers integrate technology in the classroom. Additionally, she has twelve years classroom experience, with four of those years in a one-to-one iPad environment. “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” This quote by John Dewey is what drives Amanda’s passion for instructional technology.