Dolores Huerta Elementary School is committed to engaging all learners in meaningful learning experiences that meet the highest educational and ethical standards in a caring, collaborative learning community supported through partnerships with parents and families, businesses, civic organizations, and higher education. Our students will leave with a love for learning that will carry them through the rest of their educational career and life.
An Inclusive School Community
Named for American civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, our school seeks to be an environment that is empowering and welcoming to all. We currently employ two English as a Second Language teachers a bilingual parent facilitator and on-site bilingual staff to support Spanish-speaking students and families. In addition, we work with the YWCA to offer English classes for our students' families, and we partner with the Latin American Chamber of Commerce to help parents find employment and medical resources.
DEVELOPING POSITIVE BEHAVIORS
Dolores Huerta utilizes Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a school-wide focus on developing and rewarding students for positive behaviors. By focusing on prevention rather than punishment, we are able to keep students engaged and in school. Our goal is to educate the whole child by meeting his or her social, emotional, and academic needs. With strong social and emotional skills, our students will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association and organized the Delano grape strike in 1965, resulting in improved working conditions and wages for more than 10,000 workers. She has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants', and women's rights, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also coined the phrase, "Sí, se puede" or “Yes, we can.”
The school name ad hoc committee chose Huerta because of her alignment with our core values, contributions to the communities the school serves, and modeling of courageous leadership and commitment to building a better world for all families.
From the principal:
As I begin my 30th year as an employee of Tulsa Public Schools and my 6th year as principal of the former Columbus Elementary and the current Dolores Huerta Elementary School, I am excited about the whole school reset we are going through. I feel honored to lead the staff and students into a new phase in the amazing history that has been established as Columbus. At Dolores Huerta Elementary School, it is our goal to makes all of our students and families feel welcomed and respected.
I am a graduate of Tulsa Public Schools and attended Salk Elementary, Byrd Jr. High, and Memorial High School. I started my teaching career at Alcott Elementary in 1989 before moving to Bryant Elementary. I was privileged to serve at the Fulton Professional Development Center as coordinator for Elementary Reading. I later worked as an Instructional Coach before being chosen as principal at Columbus. I have degrees from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and Oklahoma State University. My two daughters are graduates of Tulsa Public Schools and I currently live in Tulsa with my husband and two precious furbabies.
It is my goal to ensure that every student has access to an amazing education provided by the highest quality teachers. I love Tulsa, TPS, and Dolores Huerta Elementary School!