Meet the Principal
Bradley Buxton has worked with youth in various capacities for the past 18 years. He began his professional career with the Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau as a Detention Officer while finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Oklahoma. He worked at the Juvenile Bureau for nine years in different roles, including Detention Supervisor and Juvenile Probation Officer. In 2006, Mr. Buxton received his teaching certificate and spent the next seven years working in Edmond and Mustang Public Schools teaching alternative education and social studies, while coaching middle school football, track, and wrestling. In 2012, he earned his Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and in 2013 he accepted an Assistant Principal position at Jefferson Middle School in Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). He was part of a new administration team that implemented innovative strategies for raising academic and behavioral expectations at Jefferson. He served as a leader of several pilot projects while at Jefferson, including Chromebook adoption and school-wide implementation of professional learning communities. While at OKCPS, he was selected as the School Site Administrator for the Teach for America (TFA) Summer Institute, a partnership between TFA and OKCPS to provide a five-week summer remediation program for middle and high school students and a professional development opportunity for incoming TFA Corps Members.
In 2015, Mr. Buxton was selected as Principal of the Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School (OYACS) at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, and the school opened on July 13, 2015. He is committed to continuously improving the educational opportunities for OYACS students through a focus on college and career readiness and integration of instructional technology.
Mr. Buxton enjoys spending time discussing educational issues and trends with his wife, an educator in the OKCPS district. Their weekends typically involve supporting their three children in pursuing their activities, ranging from art to musical theatre to softball. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and other outdoor activities.