At Kerr Elementary School, we provide a safe environment where learning is maximized. Our teachers are constantly training to improve their practice, and they collaborate with each other in order to provide students with quality instruction every day. Students leave Kerr with the skills necessary to rise as a leader wherever their path takes them next!
High community involvement
We are fortunate and Kerr and benefit from collaborating with a highly involved and supportive surrounding community. Whether we are hosting a community chili and salsa cook-off event, parent engagement nights, or Friday rallies, learning never stops here. Our school is a thriving part of the community, and we are proud to be in a neighborhood that supports our students outside of typical school hours.
Strong Community Partnerships
We depend on our community partners to thrive! One of our most active partners, QuikTrip, pays for transportation costs for an annual field trip for each grade level. In addition, volunteers from this Tulsa mainstay participate in our Reading Partners program, where students receive one-to-one literacy tutoring to help them better achieve their reading goals. Volunteers from Church on the Move also participate in our Lunch Buddies program, providing students with opportunities to build relationships outside of the classroom.
School attendance is critical to student success, and our faculty works hard to make students feel valued every day. We have implemented several creative approaches to get them excited throughout the year, including mid-semester pizza parties and end-of-year field trips for students who meet their attendance goals. We also host monthly character assemblies, where we discuss core values and positive character traits to provide our students with the knowledge to grow as student leaders.
I started my career with Tulsa Public Schools in 1992 as a special education teacher and since then have worked in numerous grade levels and positions. I am a Tulsa native, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, and attended William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. I have a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Teaching has always been my passion and it is all I have ever wanted to do. My hobbies include art and anything having to do with being creative, including crazy outfits! I enjoy spending time with my family and shopping for antiques. I love my family at Kerr and consider this to be my TPS home. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Kerr Elementary was named in 1964. The Port of Catoosa had recently been built, and Tulsa was the “Oil Capital of the World.” Robert Kerr played a significant part in both. Kerr suddenly died in 1963. Some people say he was arguably the most influential Oklahoman in the country, which explains the desire to honor him by many. The school was named for him shortly after his death.
Who was Robert Kerr?
Robert Kerr (1896-1963) was born in Ada, Oklahoma. He graduated from East Central University with a teaching certificate in 1913 and then lied about his age to enter World War I where he served as a second lieutenant in the field artillery. He later started Kerr-McGee with Dean McGee in 1929, and avoided much of the economic difficulty of the depression due to success in that business. Kerr was elected Governor of Oklahoma in 1942—the first governor to be born within the state’s boundaries. He was deeply affected by devastating floods that hit eastern OK in 1943 and it changed the course of his career. “The wave of human misery brought flood control to the forefront of Governor Kerr’s agenda,” noted his son’s biographer. During the early years of the Kennedy Administration, there were few as powerful in Washington as Kerr. When Kerr suddenly died of a heart ailment, the New York Times said it, “hit Washington like the collapse of a powerful political nation.”