Cherokee Nation gets new leader in Education Services, Sequoyah Schools

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/12/2020 08:30 AM
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Corey Bunch
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Patrick Moore
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Chad Hendricks
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Mark Vance
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Carolyn Allen
TAHLEQUAH – On June 10, the Cherokee Nation announced new leaders in its Education Services and at Sequoyah Schools.

Position changes include executive director and deputy executive director of Education Services, Sequoyah superintendent, Sequoyah High School principal and SHS head football coach.

Corey Bunch is the new Education Services executive director, replacing Ron Etheridge who retired this year.

Bunch, a CN citizen, received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University. He has 12 years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator at public schools such as Maryetta Public School, SHS and, most recently, as the superintendent for Zion Public Schools.  

In addition to his educational services, Bunch worked for the tribe and Cherokee Nation Businesses in other leadership capacities. From 2009-11 he also served the CN as the deputy director of Education Services, according to a CN press release.

“I am excited about serving as the new executive director of Education because I believe that Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner want to keep pushing Education Services to excel even more,” Bunch said. “In my conversations with them, they have a great vision for the future of education within the programs that we operate, the public schools that we partner with and for the other citizens who we impact.”

Serving as the new Sequoyah Schools superintendent is CN citizen Patrick Moore. Moore has more than 13 years of educational experience as a superintendent, principal, athletic director, teacher and coach, according to the press release.  

He began his career in education at SHS, completing a teaching internship in 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from NSU and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

“I’m very happy to be back at Sequoyah High School and excited about the opportunities we have to continue to build on a tradition of excellence in education,” he said.
“Sequoyah is a special place, and our student population allows us a unique ability to have an impact on so many people and communities.”

CN citizen Chad Hendricks was named SHS head football coach. He is the former head football and track coach at Checotah High School.

“I’m from Tahlequah so it’s exciting to be back home and work here at Sequoyah High School and get things rolling,” Hendricks said. “It’s going to be a bit of a challenge with everything that’s been going on. Everything has been shut down since spring break, but the coaches here know a lot about what’s been going on and we’re just excited to get started.”

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said it is “always exciting” to bring in talented leadership from among CN citizens.

“Education has always been, and will always be a top priority of this administration, and these new additions will no doubt further our efforts to be among the top education providers and supporters in northeast, Oklahoma,” Hoskin said.

Other positions filled in Education Services and Sequoyah include: 

• Deputy Executive Director of Education Services Mark Vance, promoted from Johnson-O’Malley director;

• SHS Principal Natalie Cloud, a former director of Central Academy and assistant principal at Tahlequah High School;

• Education Services JOM Director Carolyn Allen, coming with more than 30 years of public school education; and

• Senior Advisor of Education Aaron Emberton, who comes with guidance counseling and teaching experience from Carl Albert State College.

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