Welcome to Rosa Parks Elementary School. Rosa Parks is the 12th elementary school in Union and opened in August of 2006. Our school serves more than 600 ethnically diverse students and includes children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Our mascot is the Trailblazer!
We are very proud of our name, Rosa Parks Elementary School. The name was selected by a committee of patrons, educators and students and approved by the Board of Education in the spring of 2006. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (Feb. 4, 1913 – Oct. 24, 2005) was an African American seamstress and civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for civil rights movements around the world.
Rosa Parks Elementary School
13702 E. 46th Place South
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74134-5919
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
School Hours - Monday-Thursday: 7:50 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. / Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Main Phone: 918-357-2757
Union Student Safety HelpLine - 918-461-HELP (4357)
Principal Karen Vance
Administrative Intern Paige Lindemann
Resources - Clinic Schedule
“To this day I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom." -- Rosa Parks
We believe that all children can learn and are entitled to quality instruction in an environment which is both safe and nurturing. We believe that educating our students is the responsibility of the family, school and community.
We envision a school community which provides each student with the necessary skills to confidently meet a diverse and ever-changing world. We envision a school community where each student has a positive sense of self and respect for others. We envision a school community which encourages each student to believe they can positively impact and contribute to the world around them.
It is the mission of Rosa Park Elementary School to create a positive school culture that is conducive to learning; set high standards and accountability for learning; facilitate and implement an instructional program that maximizes student learning; and comprehensively engage parents and community in support of the school’s goals.
At Rosa Parks, we are interested in students, teachers and families developing long-term relationships to better meet the needs of individual learners. We will be participating in multi-year relationships by having many teachers stay with the same students for two years. For example, if a child is in kindergarten, he or she will stay with the kindergarten and first grade teaching team for two years. Teams of teachers will also loop from second to third and fourth to fifth. We know that the relationship of teachers to student, to the parents, to other teachers, and to the curriculum, is critical throughout a child’s education.
Union Public Schools participates in the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI.) The community school’s philosophy supports school personnel, parents, neighbors and community partners working together so our children can participate in a strong instructional program by living and learning in safe and supportive environments.
Core components of a community school are:
As a Community School, we are fortunate to have a health clinic in our school through the OU Bedlam Alliance for Community Health. To find out more information on how to access medical services at Rosa Parks you can go to http://tulsa.ou.edu/medicine/bedlam/index.htm.
The relationships we have with other support agencies is crucial to our student success.
Core Instructional Programs
Early Childhood (0-8)
Mental Health/Social Services
Youth Development/Out of School Time
Karen Vance earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University. She received two master’s degrees in elementary school administration and in reading, both from Northeastern State University.
Mrs. Vance has been principal of Rosa Parks since 2006; previously, she served as principal of McAuliffe Elementary School from 2000-2006. She has also served as principal of Washington Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona; as professional development director of Simon & Schuster Publishing, administrative assistant for Curriculum and Instruction, principal and teacher at Jenks Public Schools and as a teacher for Broken Arrow Public Schools. Mrs. Vance has been in the education field since 1978.
Mrs. Vance is married to Barry Vance; they have one son, Jeremy. She enjoys spending a great deal of time at Grand Lake as well as reading and spending time with family - which includes a household of dogs and cats. Mrs. Vance also volunteers her support to benefit the abandoned animal population in Oklahoma.
Paige Lindemann was named administrative intern for Rosa Parks Elementary School in the summer of 2012. Lindemann comes to Union from Jenks Public Schools where she taught fifth grade. She is pursuing a doctorate in education in school administration, curriculum and supervision at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa in elementary education with a minor in art.
Union Student Safety HelpLine
A safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process. An important ingredient in achieving safe and secure schools remains alert eyes and ears. Safety is achieved when an atmosphere exists in which students are comfortable talking with adults about their concerns.
One such tool available for students is the Union Student Safety Help Line that is accessible twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week to anyone who wants to report a concern. The caller may leave a message so his or her call can be returned, or they may choose not to be contacted. You can also call COPES if this is a mental health emergency.
Union Student Safety HelpLine