I started my career in education at Nimitz Middle School 15 years ago as a 6th grade language arts teacher. Over the next 5 years, I coached boys basketball, taught a student broadcast class, became the dean, and then finally the co-principal of Nimitz. During my time at Nimitz, I received my Master's degree from NSU and began to pursue my doctorate in school administration at OSU Tulsa. When Nimitz was closed, I became an assistant principal at Memorial High School. In 2016, I received my doctorate in school administration from OSU. This will be my 10th year at Memorial and second as principal. Memorial is like a family and I am so honored for the opportunity to lead this amazing group of teachers, students, and school community. Charger Strong!
Jim Vestal received his B.S. in special education from the University of Central Oklahoma and his M.S. in teaching, learning, and leadership from Oklahoma State University. He joined Tulsa Public Schools in 1998, working at Nathan Hale High School as a special education teacher and the head coach for varsity swimming, tennis, and volleyball. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the special education administrator for Webster High School. He worked as assistant principal at East Central High School for four years before joining the leadership team at Memorial.
Ms. Brown was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and has served the Tulsa community for the past 11 years. Ms. Brown is a first generation high school and college graduate, which grounds her belief that knowledge is power in any realm of life and through education opportunities are born. She graduated from Northeastern State University and began her teaching career in 2009 at Hale High School, she then taught algebra at Memorial High School from 2010 to 2015. Ms. Brown spent the last four years serving the Westside community as the principal at Clinton Middle School and assistant principal at Webster Middle and High School. Ms. Brown returned to Memorial High School as assistant principal in 2019.