Mark D. Lebsack is the Principal of Hefner Middle School. He has spent his entire professional career at Putnam City Public Schools. His journey in education began in 1993 where he taught Business Education at Putnam City North High School. From 1997 – 2003 he was an administrator at the PC Schools Transportation Department. In the fall of 2003, Mark moved to Western Oaks Middle School as Assistant Principal. He worked there for 7 years before becoming Assistant Principal at Kenneth Cooper Middle School. After 1 year, he was named Principal at KCMS. He has served in that capacity for the past 7 years. He is very excited to begin this new chapter at Hefner Middle School.
Kara Walk is the 6th grade assistant principal at Hefner Middle School. This year will be her 12th year in Putnam City Schools. She began her career as a teacher and coach in Texas in 2003. Her career in Putnam City began at Capps Middle School as an English teacher and coach in 2005, where she taught for 7 years. She comes to Hefner this year after spending a year at Mayfield Middle School. Her previous administrative experience includes working as an assistant principal at Webster (OKC), Western Oaks MS/ES, and Cooper. She is a proud graduate of Piedmont High School. Her degrees include a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2002 and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012. She is currently a graduate student working towards a doctorate in educational leadership at The University of Oklahoma. She has two four-legged children, Boomer, a Yorkie, and Scout, a rescued beagle/dachshund mix.
Lisa Geniesse is Hefner’s 8th Grade Principal. She joins the Viking Administration Team after serving as the Sophomore Principal at Putnam City High School in 2016. Before that, she was the Instructional Coach at Kenneth Cooper Middle School for two years. Prior to moving back home to Oklahoma City, Lisa was an educator in the Colorado Springs area for 11 years focusing primarily on English / Language Arts and Reading. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University, a Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Great Falls (Montana), and completed the Educational Leadership Program from Western Governors University (Utah) in 2014. Lisa’s husband, Mike, is a teacher at St. Charles Borremeo and her daughter, Casey, is a Registered Nurse at OU Children’s Hospital here in Oklahoma City. Lisa is a graduate of Putnam City High School and is always proud to say, “Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate!”
Jana Johnston is 7th grade principal. She started her teaching career in 2001 in Irving, Texas where she taught for a total of 5 years, in both elementary and middle school, teaching English/Language Arts. Jana moved to the Washington D.C. area and taught English/Language Arts to 5th grade, then 6th grade for a total of 6 years. She is a graduate of Putnam City West, and was so excited to return home to teach for this district. Mrs. Johnston taught at Central Elementary for 1 year and then Kirkland Elementary for 3 years before moving into administration. Her first year as an administrator was split between Western Oaks Middle School and Kenneth Cooper Middle School. She completed her Bachelor’s in Education at Southern Nazarene University in 2001, a Master’s in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University in 2008, and a Master’s in Education Administration from Lamar University in 2016.