About Tulsa Public Schools
Our students lead through literacy, are empowered through experience, and contribute to their community.
36% Multilingual learners*
13% students with disabilities
13% gifted and talented
4% American Indian or Alaska Native
3% Asian/Pacific islander
As of Oct. 2023
*Represents both current and former multilingual learners
Tulsa Public Schools is a district on the move! We have academic programs that meet the needs of all learners, and we welcome you and your child to join the Tulsa family by enrolling today.
Team Tulsa is "all in" to ensure that every student has access to exceptional learning experiences. If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child, we encourage you to learn more about available positions on our team.
Joined Team Tulsa - July 2015
In doing research on Tulsa, it was clear that there was something special underway in the city—and that Tulsans care a great deal about education. Tulsa captured my heart, and I'm committed to leading alongside many dedicated educators and staff to ensure that each young Tulsan is able to realize their full potential.
Experience: My career in education started as a Teach for America corps member in Houston, TX. Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked for Providence Public Schools, Syracuse City School District, and Achievement First serving as a teacher, literacy coach, curriculum director, and chief academic officer. I came to Tulsa as the district’s chief of staff in 2015 and took on the role of deputy superintendent in 2016.
Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.Ed., Lesley University; M.A., University of Rhode Island
Favorite Teacher: Christophe Kougniazonde at Notre Dame challenged my thinking early in my post-secondary career. As I became a teacher, I realized the gift that Christophe gave to me—a deep belief in the power of transformative relationships and the role that we can play in creating connectedness and helping young people make meaning of the world around them.
Favorite place in Tulsa: I'm less into places and more into experiences. A current favorite is mountain biking in Turkey Mountain followed by a coffee at Double Shot or Hodges Bend.
Chief Information and Analytics Officer
Joined Team Tulsa - 1991
I joined team Tulsa right after my education at NSU. My first job was as a budget accountant and was hired by Tulsa Public Schools and longtime Union CFO Debbie Jacoby. Talk about having a great first boss.
Education: B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.B.A., Northeastern State University.
Leader for: Data, analytics, and IT
Favorite Teacher: Memorial High School history teacher Mr. Travis Henderson, hands down. I remember he always referred to us as scholars and told us those who failed to learn the lessons of history were doomed to repeat them, or some variation. His approach to history was hands on and we had to team build and present our projects in class. Think STEM in the early 80s! Interesting turn of events, I was fortunate enough to be able to support his career throughout my various roles within the district.
Favorite place in Tulsa: As a lifelong Tulsan, except 4 years in Stillwater, there is a special place in my heart for Bell's Amusement Park. Now that Tulsa has so many awesome places that families can go explore and enjoy, it is hard to choose. However, right now it is the backyard, grilling with family and friends and trying to keep up with the grandkids.
Joined Team Tulsa - Spring 2011
I wanted challenging work on a high-performing team that improves outcomes for children and families.
Experience: Prior to my current position, my most recent Tulsa Public Schools experience involved leading the design of our district strategic plan and co-developing our teacher evaluation system with the district's teachers. Before working at TPS, I spent many years as a school law attorney, and though I taught middle school for only a brief period of time, it is one of my career highlights.
Education: B.A., Plan I, at University of Texas, Austin; J.D. at University of Texas, Austin
Leader for: Legal
Favorite Teacher: My global economic geography teacher at UT Austin. He opened my world and changed my life course by introducing me to a field of study that connects economics, demography, culture, sociology, environment and location.
Favorite place in Tulsa: The renovated Tulsa City/County Library - it's beautiful, it's a place for everyone, and the possibilities are endless.
CHIEF STRATEGY and innovation OFFICER
Joined Team Tulsa - January 2023
Kathy Dodd currently serves as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, utilizing innovation and design to achieve district goals and optimize systems. In this role, she oversees the Strategy, Network Support, and Communications teams. Dr. Dodd monitors education legislation and policy and works closely with community stakeholders to maximize investments in districtwide initiatives.
Prior to coming to Tulsa Public Schools, Dr. Dodd served as Chief Innovation Officer and Deputy Superintendent for the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), where she was responsible for the allocation and transparent reporting of $2.3B in pandemic relief funds for 540 districts and private schools. Dr. Dodd has also served as the Regional Vice President for Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national STEM education non-profit, as well as the Associate Superintendent of Union Public Schools. In addition to being a teacher, state science specialist, curriculum director, and data/assessment administrator, she is the co-author of two curricula from the OERB, Fossils to Fuel and PetroActive, designed to teach the science behind Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry.
Dr. Dodd holds a BS in elementary education from Oklahoma State University, an MS in educational administration, and a Ph.D. in educational foundations from the University of Oklahoma.
Our 5,272 Team Members*
Distribution of Our Team*
- 26% Black
- 5% American Indian or Alaska Native
- 2% Asian/Pacific Islander
- 12% Hispanic/Latinx
- 54% White
*As of January 18, 2024
3rd Largest Employer
in the Tulsa Area*
- Stacey Woolley (President), District 1
- Diamond Marshall, District 2
- Jennettie Marshall, District 3
- E'Lena Ashley, District 4
- John Croisant (Vice President), District 5
- Vacant, District 6
- Susan Lamkin, District 7
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Pathways to Opportunity is the culmination of many candid community conversations, insights and suggestions from every corner of our city, and the very best thinking of our system’s educators, school leaders, support professionals, parents, students, partners, and advocates. Click here to learn more.
We know that our diversity is a community treasure, and we are committed to dismantling practices and systems that perpetuate inequities, being actively anti-bias, anti-racist, and working toward justice and opportunity for all.
We are honest, trustworthy, and have high standards of behavior. We make decisions based on what our students and community need, and we do the right thing even when it is hard.
We work together to give Tulsa the world-class schools it needs and deserves. We expect a lot of one another, and we support one another in achieving our shared, high expectations.
We care for one another and work together to celebrate success, learn from struggles, and work to help every team member be their best selves.
Joy at school and at work makes us more productive, because when we create, innovate, and imagine, our motivation grows. Also, we love to have fun!
Our Students Can
Every child can learn. Every child has talent. Every child has value. To succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders, students must engage in their education, own their learning, and feel accepted and supported in our schools.
Our Teachers Make it Happen
Extraordinary teachers are the heart of successful schools, and they deserve working conditions and environments that promote educator professional growth and fulfillment. We must foster learning communities where teachers can continually hone their craft and content knowledge to design engaging learning experiences that meet the needs of every child.
Our Principals are Key
Principals’ responsibilities are strategic, vast, and intense. As leaders, they must be visible, hire the right staff, cultivate talent, build relationships with families and communities, foster positive and safe school cultures, and ensure results. We must support principals’ growth as instructional leaders who strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in all classrooms.
Our District is "All In"
Effective teams collaborate and continually assess and improve their service to schools. This means our employees and board must work together, reflect, adjust, think ahead, and innovate in service of powerful teaching and learning.
Our Community is Essential
High quality schools are vital to the health of our community. Our children and schools need all of us—educators, families, and community partners. We must engage our families and all of Tulsa by embracing transparency, holding ourselves accountable to high standards, proactively communicating, and working as a team toward the success of every student.