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McAuliffe Profile



Christa McAuliffe Elementary was built in 1988 and named in honor of the teacher – the first teacher in space - who died during the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster on Jan. 28, 1986.

McAuliffe is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. High standards for quality education are assured by membership in NCA. This accreditation is based on the school’s commitment to excellence and quality programs.

Vision Statement

McAuliffe is a place where:
Leaders are
Empowered to
Achieve academic excellence
Dream without boundaries
Embrace their community
Reach their destiny


Be a Leader

Student Pledge

I am a leader, empowered to:
Achieve academic excellence, dream without boundaries, embrace my community, and reach my destiny!

Principal Staff

Jennifer McKnightJennifer McKnight was named priincipal of McAuliffe Elementary in 2017, after being named assistant principal for McAuliffe in the summer of 2016. She previously had served as principal of East Elementary at Jenks Public Schools since 2004. She has been in the education field since from 1995, serving as a teacher, enrichment director and curriculum resources instructor.

McKnight has a master’s degree in instruction leadership from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University.


Tedria Charles

Tedria Charles is the assistant principal at McAuliffe Elementary School. Charles joined Union in 2017, and has 21 years of experience in education.

Charles served as a principal for Tulsa Public Schools for four years. She previously served two years as an assistant principal. She also taught fourth and fifth grade for eight years in Tulsa, and fourth grade for another four years in the Richardson Independent School District in Texas.

Charles has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Langston University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Oklahoma.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family, travel and dance!

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Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
Phone: 918-357-4321