Robert B. Grove Elementary opened in 1975. Grove began his long career at Union in 1945 as a science teacher and basketball coach. He became Union High School's principal in 1946 and served as superintendent from 1960-1975. Grove Elementary underwent an extensive remodeling in 2010 and 2011, which included the additions of an expanded gym and a new office. A re-dedication of the school was held in November 2011.
Accreditation and staff
Grove Elementary is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Grove is also classified as a school-wide Title I school.
Our staff is very highly qualified with one National Board Certified Staff member. We have staff members with a master’s degree in English Language Learning. Many others also have advanced degrees.
Randi Aubertine was named principla of Grove Elementary in 2023. She had been assistant principal for Rosa Parks since 2021. She previously served as assistant principal at Jarman Elementary, and previously worked in the district at Boevers as a special education teacher and then served as an assistant principal at Grove, Briarglen, Jefferson and Clark.
She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The State University of New York at Cortland, where she also received her master’s degree in literacy. Aubertine holds a master’s degree in school administration through Northeastern State University and is currently working on a master’s degree in special education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at Oklahoma University.
Aubertine joined the Union team in 2010 as a special education teacher at Boevers Elementary. She began her teaching career in New York where she taught third and fourth grades and also served as a multi-age classroom teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing in the yard with her four dogs.
Ashley Hamilton was named assistant principal intern for Grove Elementary in the summer of 2021. She was named assistant principal in 2022.
Hamilton has been with Union Public Schools since 2013 when she was hired as a teacher for Briarglen Elementary. Since then, Hamilton has taught at Ellen Ochoa and later Darnaby Elementary Schools. In these roles, she has been active as a club sponsor in various capacities, after-school programs, book clubs and coordinator of activities from reading events to lead teacher.
A Union High School graduate, Hamilton received her bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University in 2012, and her master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow in 2019.