Hofmeister names Julian Guerrero Jr. executive director for American Indian Education
OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 19, 2018) – In a key hire, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has announced that Julian Guerrero Jr. will serve as executive director for American Indian Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).
“We are thrilled to welcome Julian to OSDE,” said Hofmeister. “Strong collaboration with tribes is critical in meeting the learning and academic needs of our Native American students. Julian’s expertise and breadth of experience will help us ensure that Oklahoma serves its Native students well, mindful of the myriad of rich customs and cultures that each student brings to the schoolhouse.”
In his new position, Guerrero will work to further the educational opportunities of American Indian students in Oklahoma while facilitating collaboration among Oklahoma’s tribal nations, school districts and educators. Guerrero will also work to foster or strengthen relationships between educators and tribal nations to increase academic success for all students and deepen Native cultural understanding within school communities.
“I look forward to sustaining meaningful partnership and consultation with all 39 tribal nations for the benefit of all our American Indian students across the state of Oklahoma,” said Guerrero. “I am dedicated to this work because there is a critical need to support the next generation of tribal nation builders. My priority is for all American Indian students to receive practical supports and services that increase their college and career readiness.”
A citizen of the Comanche Nation, Guerrero previously served as Associate Director of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly (TEDNA), an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that provides resources and assistance to tribal education departments across the nation. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma public schools serve more than 130,000 Native American schoolchildren benefitting from Title 6 grants, the highest in the nation.
Guerrero begins his new role Feb. 26.