Elizabeth Hale-Taylor Graduated from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. She then graduated from Langston University.
She began her teaching career for Stillwater Public Schools, where she taught two years before joining Tulsa Public Schools in 2001. Principal Hale-Taylor taught special education at Alcott elementary and Academy Central for four years. She worked as a special education administrator at Gilcrease Middle School. She then spent eight years as a special education coordinator for the Tulsa Public Schools district.
Principal Hale-Taylor went on to become Assistant Principal at Sequoyah Elementary for two years. She then became Principal at Academy Central for a year and a half. Which leads to her now being Principal at Emerson Elementary School.
Principal Hale-Taylor has two adult daughters Ryan and Randi that she is extremely proud of. Teaching has always been one of her passions. She believes all students can learn. This high-level outcome expectancy has shaped her philosophy on education and her vision as an administrator. This vision centers on promoting our District-wide high-quality standards for sound instructional strategies that increase student performance and promote college and career readiness.
Diane Beckham has been a servant in public education since 1994. She began her career for Oklahoma City Public Schools. This was the beginning of Diane’s journey into Montessori education by assisting in the creation of a Montessori magnet school in Oklahoma City while completing a Master’s degree in Montessori education at Oklahoma City University. After several years of working in Oklahoma City, Diane moved to Sacramento California where an opportunity to develop a Montessori charter school unfolded. It was there that she learned about Montessori, the elementary years.
Diane, before accepting the role of principal at Emerson, worked for Kansas City Public Schools where she was a traveling administrator between the district’s 2 public Montessori schools.
The opportunity to create a public Montessori school that served the community and children of Tulsa was a call too great to pass up. Diane feels honored and excited to be a part of the Tulsa community and to lead the work in sharing the benefits of Montessori to all children.