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Final Thoughts for the 17-18 Year

I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Tahlequah community for supporting Tahlequah Public Schools over the years.  My last day with Tahlequah Public Schools(TPS) will be June 30, 2018 after beginning my career at Tahlequah High School in 1982 36 years ago.  

Tahlequah is a beautiful community that values education, culture and art and is an economically diverse community.    Throughout my various roles in the district, I have seen this diverse community work together and combine resources for the common good.  Tigers do ROAR (Removing Obstacles Achieving Results) in Tahlequah by identifying needs and promptly addressing them.

Tahlequah Public Schools is a well-kept secret in Oklahoma.   The effort and resources poured into our students here is not common knowledge.     TPS has a diversified population of students much like the community.   There is an abundance of gifted and talented students in Tahlequah, and a fair share of students that come from poverty.  Regardless of the student, TPS strives to remove any obstacle to learning.   TPS strives to grow students into their potential.   We couldn’t do what we do for students without the support of this beautiful community.

Tahlequah Public Schools partners with many local organizations that provide essential services to our school children.   To name a few, our school district partners with the City of Tahlequah to provide 7 School Resource Officers;  B&G Club provides after school care; DHS provides a School-Based Social Worker; CREOKS provides much-needed therapeutic services for students;  the Back Pack Food Program and Food Pantry are provided by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma; Cherokee Nation provides early child care for students with children, a Head Start Program at Sequoyah Elementary, support for after school and Robotics, support for our technology initiative through Cherokee Nation Tag Money and other assistance to our district; NSU provides assistance with STEM initiatives and Robotics, concurrent enrollment, interns and pre-interns, and other invaluable means of support; Tahlequah ICTC serves our high school students with valuable career training; Cherokee County provides help with our Cadre Officer at CCREA or Boot School; and the local judicial system has conducted a Truancy Court to assist with truancy issues across the district; and Tahlequah’s BEST provides the district with a preventionist, life training for students and any means of assistance they can provide for the district.

Tahlequah Public Schools is an exemplary 5A district with a bright future.   I am pleased with my time in Tahlequah and wish you the best going forward!