I’m Tammy Shelton, interim principal at Mitchell Elementary. I have served as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for over 20 years.
I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Education with a Reading Specialist Certification and a Principal’s Certificate. I am a National Board Certified Teacher specializing in Reading and Language Arts. I graduated from my Master's program with honors and am a member of the International Honor Society for Educators, Kappa Delta Pi. My certifications include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Reading Specialist Certification, National Board Certification, and Elementary Principal Certification.
Thank you for choosing our school for your family. Great things are happening here and I am excited to start our year!
One unique quality of our school is our commitment to social-emotional learning. We know that positive school relationships matter and that it is imperative for students and adults to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy, and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Our partnership with Yale University gives us the tools we need to support your child as they discover their best self. Last year, we focused on developing a working vocabulary to express emotions. Students were able to recognize language beyond mad, sad, or happy and really express if they were outraged, disappointed, or gleeful. This year, we will focus on the Meta Moment - that self-regulation moment that takes us back to our best self after challenging feelings. This focus will help students develop strategies that employ healthy new responses in every challenging situation they encounter.
Mrs. Allen grew up in and was educated in Inola Public Schools. She received a B.S. and M.Ed in Special Education with a focus in Learning Disabilities from Northeastern State University. She began her career in Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Tullahassee, Oklahoma where she served grades kindergarten through sixth for five years. Since her husband, Amos, was active duty in the United States Navy, she moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, continuing her career in the Isle of Wight Public School district where she continued teaching in the elementary grades. Upon moving back to Oklahoma with her husband and daughter, her love for growing minds and for nurturing hearts led her to another level in education. She returned to college, graduating from Southern Nazarene University with a Masters of Art in Instructional Leadership. Mrs. Allen served as an assistant principal at Key Elementary before coming to Mitchell Elementary. Throughout the last thirty five years of teaching and learning, she holds true to the belief that children are children are children. She is fully present during the day with scholars and staff, but her evenings and weekends belong to her family, church, and granddaughter Avery! Her conviction is that when students, parents, and colleagues are presented with positive conversations, held to high expectations, and interacted with equity and respect the creation will produce a love for learning and for mankind.