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Union Employees

Employee Statistics & Achievements

Union employed 1,017 teachers, 852 support personnel, and 83 administrators. Of the district’s 83 administrators, 90.4% had a master’s degree or higher. Of the teaching and administrative staff, 41.5% held graduate-level degrees – 437 with master’s degrees and 19 with doctorates. Twenty-five teachers held National Board Certification.

The district welcomed 111 new teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.

The ethnic diversity among the staff was 7 percent African American, 15 percent American Indian, 3 percent Asian, and 80 percent Caucasian/other. Four hundred and eleven were male and 1,541 female.

Rebecka Peterson, a math teacher at Union High School, was named the 2023 National Teacher of the Year – after she had already been named the 2020-2021 Union Public Schools District Teacher of the Year and Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year in 2022!

Also in 2023, Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler was named State Superintendent of The Year. Assistant Superintendent John Federline received his doctorate in the summer of 2023 as well.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – the top recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting – was awarded to Union’s Finance Department by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. They have received the award every year since 1992.