- Principal Melissa Woolridge, Ph.D.
- Assistant Principal Sharon Lazdins
- Assistant Principal Matt Myers
- Assistant Principal Audra Bull
My academic career with Tulsa Public Schools began at Eli Whitney Middle School (now Hale Junior High School) where I was a seventh-grade classroom science teacher for seven years. Since that humble beginning, I have served Tulsa Public Schools in several capacities including: dean of students (middle school), principal intern (middle and high school), and assistant principal (high school).
After serving as the principal of George Washington Carver Middle School for two consecutive years, I took a sabbatical from the district to teach undergraduate science courses in biological science, human anatomy, and zoology at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Following my year-long sabbatical, I returned George Washington Carver Middle School where I remained principal for an additional six years. I am currently in my second year as the principal of my alma mater and the pride of the great southwest, Booker T. Washington High School.
I hold a bachelor of science degree in biological science/chemistry from Kentucky State University, a master of science degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in secondary science education from Oklahoma State University; and a doctorate in environmental science from Oklahoma State University. Prior to my career in education, I served as a virology laboratory technician for the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory which is located on the Oklahoma State University Campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I also worked as a entomology laboratory technician, a police forensics department laboratory technician, and a forestry technician, where I had the opportunity to train with the "Hot Shot" forest fire-fighters.
Science is my passion, education is my mission.
Dr. Melissa Woolridge
The 2018-19 school year marks my 25th year as a Hornet. For 18 years, I taught biology and served as the IB Diploma Program Coordinator. In 2012, I moved into my current role as Assistant Principal. My current responsibilities include IB Diploma Program, district/state/IB testing, Special Services, admissions/recruitment, master calendar, master scheduling, and supervision of staff and students. While not a graduate of Booker T., I have received a tremendous education from its students, staff, and community. I am proud to be a Hornet!
I grew up in Oklahoma and attended The University of Oklahoma for my undergraduate degrees in History and Journalism, and OU Tulsa for my M.Ed. My wife Mariann and I got married in 2016.
I have been working in TPS since 2007. I was a classroom teacher for four years at Gilcrease Middle School, one year at Mclain Jr. High, and four years at Phoenix Rising. I became an Assistant Principal last year and worked at Central High School.
To say the least, I am excited to join the BTW family and I am so proud to be a Hornet! I am looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year!
I have been part of the Tulsa Public Schools team for 17 years including 13 years teaching 7th grade language arts, geography and Read 180 at Thoreau Demonstration Academy. I also served as the school's athletic director, language arts department chair, site improvement plan coordinator, and building test coordinator. I have been an assistant principal for three years, working at Salk and Tulsa MET before coming to Booker T. Washington.
I have my undergraduate degree in history and secondary education from The University of Tulsa and hold masters degrees in education administration and as a reading specialist from Northeastern State University.
My special affinity for Booker T. began when I was ten years old. I had just moved here from a small town in Kansas. I came to my first ever basketball game and had the privilege of watching Wayman Tisdale play. From that point, both Booker T. and basketball have occupied a very special place for me, and I am proud to be a Hornet!
In all things social, we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
- Booker T. Washington