Board of Education
Effective November 16, 2020 Tulsa Public Schools is returning to in-person board meetings in the Cheryl Selman Room of the Charles C. Mason Education Service Center.
In accordance with Board Policy 1301, individuals may comment on business items or recommendations appearing under the Action or Information portions of a regular meeting agenda. However, it is important to hear public comments while ensuring the safety of our students, families, staff, and stakeholders. Therefore, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the public to make their comments during the meeting via telephone. In-person comments are also permitted. All comments will be heard during the board meeting and via livestream.
The Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education is an elected board of seven community leaders who serve as the governing body for Tulsa Public Schools. Board members serve four year terms, and this voluntary role requires a great deal of time, energy, care, and commitment to brighter futures for Tulsa children. We are deeply grateful for the tireless dedication of our board members.
The board is responsible for establishing policies under which the district operates while acting within the framework of state and federal laws, while meeting the unique needs and concerns of the communities they serve. As civic leaders, our board members face complex and demanding challenges and contribute hundreds of hours each year leading Tulsa Public Schools to Destination Excellence.
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Board members are listed by district below, along with a map of the district boundaries, information about each of their backgrounds, and a contact email address.
MS. STACEY WOOLLEY
Ms. Stacey Woolley was elected to the board in April of 2019. Her term expires in April 2023.
A mother of five and public school advocate, Ms. Woolley has a Master’s of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as a Bachelor’s of Art in Communication from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Stacey holds a teaching certificate in the State of Oklahoma and is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
Stacey and her family have lived in Tulsa for 11 years, and though they are relatively new to town, they think of it as home. Stacey and her husband Eric share the dream that all children in Tulsa would be afforded the best public education experience possible.
Schools in Ms. Woolley's election district include Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy, Clinton West, Council Oak, Emerson, Eugene Field, Robertson and Mark Twain elementary schools; and Webster Middle and Webster High School.
MS. JANIA WESTER
Ms. Jania Wester was elected to the board in April of 2017. Her term expires in April 2021.
Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, Jania Wester came to the United States to attend college. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Oral Roberts University and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University.
She was first hired as part of the founding faculty of Kendall-Whittier Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools, where she spent 14 years, the last two of those years as one of their assistant principals. She then became the first Latinx principal of Henry Zarrow International Elementary School, a Tulsa Public Schools language immersion magnet program, for four years. Her passion for bilingual education and community engagement is clearly evident in her work and in the high bar that she sets both for herself and those she has led.
She and her husband, Kirk, have been married since 1996 and they have 3 children: Sanjuana, Markos and Isabela. They have chosen to raise their children to be bilingual, bi-literate, and change agents in the poverty cycle.
Jania and her family intentionally moved into the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood in 1998, when it was known as the Red Light District and they have not only joined their neighbors in the transformation of their neighborhood but have truly embraced the beauty that comes with living in a multi-cultural and mixed income neighborhood.
Schools in Ms. Wester’s election district include Kendall-Whittier, McKinley, Mitchell, Owen, Sequoyah, and Springdale elementary schools; Carver Middle School and Rogers College Middle School; and Rogers College and Booker T. Washington high schools.
MS. JENNETTIE MARSHALL
Ms. Jennettie Marshall was elected to her post in April 2017. Her term will expire in February 2021.
Ms. Marshall has a strong history of serving people through her ministerial duties, funeral service duties, and volunteer work. Jennettie retired from the State of Oklahoma where she worked for the Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services. She also served the City of Tulsa as a police and fire chaplain and was trained in emergency disaster response and hostage negotiation. In 1994, Ms. Marshall established Reclaim Inc., a program that specializes in serving as a "vehicle of change and r4edirection" for families, juveniles and adults.
Jennettie holds an associates in political science, bachelor of science in corrections, masters of science in business management, associates in applied science in funeral service, attended Phillips Theological Seminary and is completing her seminary coursework through Andersonville Theological Seminary. She is the founding pastor of Living Sanctuary Evangelistic Ministries and previously served as Senior Pastor of Snowden Chapel and Macedonia Christian Methodist Episcopal churches.
Ms. Marshall is the proud mother of three children, DeAndrae Sr., LaKesha Caraway and LaToya (deceased). She is the proud grandmother of twelve grandchildren.
Schools in Ms. Marshall’s election district include Academy Central, Anderson, Burroughs, Celia Clinton, Hamilton, Hawthorne, John Hope Franklin, Unity Learning Academy, and Whitman elementary schools; Dual Language Academy; Monroe Demonstration Academy; Central Middle School; and McLain High School.
MS. SHAWNA KELLER
Ms. Keller was elected to her post in February 2018. Her term will expire in February 2022.
As a fourth-generation East Tulsa resident, Ms. Keller attended Disney Elementary School, Foster Middle School (currently East Central Junior High School) and East Central High School. Ms. Keller graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in history and received her teaching certification from Northeastern State University. Ms. Keller also has a master's degree in history from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Keller began teaching at Owasso Ram Academy in 2006 as a history teacher. She was selected as Teacher of the Year at the Ram Academy in 2011. Ms. Keller is an active member of the Oklahoma Education Association.
Schools in Ms. Keller's election district include: Cooper, Disney, Huerta, Kerr, Lindbergh, Lewis and Clark, Peary, Skelly, East Central Jr. High and East Central High School.
MR. JOHN CROISANT
Mr. John Croisant was elected to his post in June 2020. His term will expire in April 2024.
John Croisant is the school board member for Tulsa Public Schools District 5. Born and raised in Tulsa, John attended Jenks Public Schools (K thru 12) and later received his degree in political science from the University of Tulsa. After completing his pre-law certificate and secondary education requirements, John decided to focus his career on education.
With more than a decade in the classroom, John has seen first hand the effects of under-funded schools on both the students and community. After completing his teacher certification, John moved to Louisiana and began his career in public schools in the New Orleans metro area. John and Deborah returned to Tulsa after Hurricane Katrina and John became a coach and teacher at Edison Preparatory. He taught 6th grade geography and was the head girls soccer coach for 12 years, before retiring in 2018 to open his own insurance agency. However, with the help of Allstate and UpliftEd John has remained involved with TPS with several grants to help students and teachers across the district. He is also a member of the Tulsa Rotary Club and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
Education is the foundation which we build our community on. It is time for strong leadership that is going to put education first today, to ensure the success of Tulsa tomorrow. Tulsa’s next generation of leaders and citizens are in Tulsa Public Schools right now, so let’s make sure they have the tools and opportunities to succeed.
Schools in Mr. Croisant's election district include Eliot, Lanier, Mayo, Edison Middle School, and Edison High School.
DR. JERRY GRIFFIN
Dr. Jerry Griffin was elected to his post in June 2020. His term will expire in April 2024.
He has lived in Tulsa more than 40 years and is a proud graduate of Edison High School. Following high school graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps.
During his Marine Corps service, he was stationed many places including a stint with HMM-364 (The Purple Foxes) in the Republic of South Vietnam and Okinawa
). He received an honorable discharge and returned to Tulsa where he served as a Tulsa police officer, while attending the University of Tulsa where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Subsequent educational experiences earned him a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, a doctoral degree in education from the University of Tulsa, and an Executive Juris Doctorate from Purdue University Global. He has written several books of which one has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese and has authored several journal articles.
One of his most exciting acts of service was serving in the United States Peace Corps for two years where he was sent to Botswana, Africa. While in Botswana he was a Senior Consultant and traveled to other countries, including Lesotho and Swaziland.
Dr. Griffin is certified in Oklahoma to teach middle level social studies. He has over 40 years of teaching experience and has taught at Texas State University – San Marcos, Wichita State University and in the virtual program at Oklahoma University.
His philosophy of education centers around learning as a life-long process, and that learning (at all ages) must be an active process and become a value of the learner. He believes learners must have the basic foundational skills taught in an environment of critical thinking before moving on to higher-order learning.
Dr. Griffin has traveled the country teaching others to take personal responsibility for their learning. His research interest include Organizational Development, Critical Thinking, and Servant-Leader Policing.
Dr. Griffin has a 14-year old daughter, and a son who graduated from East Central High School.
Schools in Dr. Griffin's election district include Bell, Hoover, MacArthur, Salk, Zarrow, Hale Jr. High, Memorial Middle School, Hale High School, Street School, and Tulsa Learning Academy.
MS. SUZANNE SCHREIBER
Ms. Suzanne Schreiber was elected to her post in February 2018. Her term will expire in February 2022.
She has lived in Tulsa more than 20 years. Her passion for public education is fueled by the belief that every child can learn and our community is stronger when all children have access to a quality education. Ms. Schreiber and her husband, Tony Rittenberry, have four children ranging from ages two to ten. Their school-age children are students at Tulsa Public Schools.
Suzanne has always been civically active, participating in everything from student government, leadership organizations and charitable boards to middle school mentor and homeroom mother at Grimes Elementary. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa Law School. She works for the Tulsa Community Foundation on a variety of community improvement projects. Prior to her position at Tulsa Community Foundation, Suzanne practiced law in the private sector and served as a federal law clerk at both the district and appellate levels.
Schools in Ms. Schreiber’s election district include Carnegie, Eisenhower International, Grimes, Grissom, Patrick Henry, Key, Marshall, and McClure elementary schools; Thoreau Demonstration Academy; and Memorial High School.
To be eligible to serve on the date of the election, a candidate for school board member must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Oklahoma and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in state law.
Board Representative: Stacey Woolley
Elementary Schools: Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy, Clinton West, Council Oak, Emerson Montessori, Eugene Field, Robertson
Middle/Junior High Schools: Webster Middle School
High Schools: Webster High School
Alternative Education Sites: Project Accept
Board Representative: Jania Wester
Elementary Schools: Kendall-Whittier, McKinley, Mitchell, Owen, Sequoyah, Springdale
Middle/Junior High Schools: Carver, Rogers College Middle School
High Schools: Rogers College High School, Booker T. Washington High School
Board Representative: Jennettie Marshall
Elementary Schools: Anderson, Burroughs, Celia Clinton, Dual Language, Hamilton, Hawthorne, John Hope Franklin, Unity Learning Academy, Whitman
Middle/Junior High Schools: Central Middle School, Monroe Demonstration Academy
High Schools: Central High School, McLain High School
Alternative Education Sites: TRAICE, Tulsa MET Middle and High School, Tulsa Learning Academy
Board Representative: Shawna Keller
Elementary Schools: Dolores Huerta, Cooper, Disney, Kerr, Lewis and Clark, Lindbergh, Peary, Skelly
Middle/Junior High Schools: East Central Jr. High
High Schools: East Central High School
Board Representative: Jerry Griffin
Elementary Schools: Bell, Hoover, MacArthur, Salk, Zarrow
Middle/Junior High Schools: Hale Jr. High, Memorial Middle School
High Schools: Hale High School
Alternative Education Sites: Street School
Board Representative: Suzanne Schreiber
Elementary Schools: Carnegie, Eisenhower, Grissom, Patrick Henry, Key, Marshall, McClure
Middle/Junior High Schools: Thoreau Demonstration Academy
High Schools: Memorial High School
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The Board of Education welcomes citizens to come forward at the monthly regular board meetings and speak on subjects related to the school district. Citizens can address the board at the regular board meeting in one of two ways: comment concerning items that are on the current agenda or comment concerning issues not on the current agenda.
A total time limit of five minutes will apply to each speaker during a meeting regardless of the number of topics on which the individual requests to speak.
School board policies, state law, and federal law establish separate and distinct procedures and forums for the resolution of employee grievances, employee complaints, employee suspensions and terminations, complaints against individual employees, pupil suspensions and appeals, political campaigns, and litigation.
To avoid circumvention of these separate proceedings and to assure fairness to all parties concerned, no person will be allowed to speak regarding the following:
An issue in a pending lawsuit, complaint, or investigation filed with an outside agency, wherein the district, employee(s) or the board is a party;
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The individual dignity of board members, district employees, students, and members of the public must be respected by all speakers. Board members, employees, students, nor members of the public will be subjected to verbal abuse.
An individual wishing to comment during this portion of a meeting must submit a completed request form with all supporting documents to the Clerk of the Board. Please note the additional guidelines and forms below
The Board of Education sets district policies upon recommendation from the superintendent. Many policies have a set of procedures, which are approved by the superintendent. Each policy and procedure is thoroughly reviewed by the appropriate staff before making any recommendations to the superintendent or board.
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