Renee DeFord Long is a native of Altus, Oklahoma. She has spent the past 32 years in Altus Public Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, and currently Principal of Washington Elementary, a Great Expectations Model School. Renee has served as the President of the Western Oklahoma State Alumni Association, a Trustee on the WOSC Foundation, and an evaluator for the Oklahoma Quality Award and North Central Accreditation teams. She and her husband, Lonnie, own and operate Rexco Drug and Gifts in Altus. They have two grown sons. Mrs. Long takes to heart the belief that educators who fully implement Great Expectations impact and "change the world, one student at a time".