10818 E. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74128
Principal: Tessa Cross
We, the staff of Peary Elementary, believe all scholars can learn. Through high expectations and the cooperation of scholars, parents, and the community, we appreciate and accommodate the diversity of our scholars. As we provide a safe and nurturing environment, scholars will be empowered to be lifelong learners.
- All children can learn and succeed.
- All children deserve the opportunity to think, dream, believe, and achieve.
- Social Skills deserve the same attention as academic skills.
- School is not just for children: it encompasses families, parents, community, stakeholders, society, the environment, and the world.
- We must all share responsibility for the needs and development of children while fostering an appreciation for individual differences and cultures.
- Children are more than test scores.
- Children learn best in a safe, caring environment, one that values diversity, collaboration, and risk-taking.
- Children thrive when expectations are high and self-esteem higher.
- Direct instruction of scholars helps to increase scholar achievement.
A Neighborhood Staple
Located in the Magic Circle neighborhood, Peary Elementary School is a focal point of this long-standing community and one of the fastest growing schools in the district. Many generations of neighbors have attended here to learn from our teachers. Peary participates in the Food for Kids Backpack Program, which provides nutritious, kid-friendly food for scholars to take home on Fridays after school.
Families value the opportunities to engage with our Peary community, and we never want language to be a barrier. Bilingual staff as well as our Parent Involvement Facilitator ensure non-English speaking families feel connected through interpretation and translated newsletters, emails, and letters in addition to being on call to answer any questions. Our 3 English Language Development (ELD) teachers provide additional support for non-English speaking scholars both one-on-one and inside the classroom.
Educating the Whole Child
Creating high-quality learning experiences means educating the whole child by meeting his or her social, emotional, and academic needs. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions. With strong social and emotional skills, our scholars will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Robert E. Peary Elementary was named in 1965. Admiral Robert E. Peary (1856-1920) was a famous Arctic explorer and U.S. Naval officer. He is credited with leading the first expedition to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1909. Peary joined the Navy in 1881 but used numerous leaves of absence to pursue his Arctic explorations beginning in the 1890's.
Arctic exploration in the late 1800s and early 1900s was dangerous and a test of courage and determination, which created significant admiration for explorers such as Peary.
Peary seems to embody intellectual curiosity and the adventurous spirit, both consistent with community values.
Admiral Robert E. Peary (1856-1920)
Hi! Welcome to Peary and thank you for your interest in Peary Elementary. It has been an honor to work with our eastside families, scholars, and community members to provide the best learning experience for our scholars. Teaching has always been my passion and it is all I have ever wanted to do. My passion inspired me to graduate from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Education degree in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction.
I’ve enjoyed serving Tulsa Public Schools for 18 years, beginning my career teaching at Hamilton Middle School. After 8 years at Hamilton where I served as a teacher, instructional coach, and dean, I worked for 2 years as assistant principal and then principal at McLain Junior High. In the fall of 2013, I accepted the role as principal at Peary Elementary. Each scholar comes to school with amazing strengths and experiences. I love working with teachers and parents to discover what motivates our scholars to develop their talents. When we work together for our scholars, we can make their world a better place for them to thrive and succeed.
My family is very dear to me. I have a 3rd grade daughter who loves to play soccer that transferred into Tulsa Public Schools and currently attending Peary. I enjoy spending time with my family when I am not with my second family at Peary. I love my family at Peary and consider this to be my TPS home. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.