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McAuliffe Profile


At McAuliffe Elementary, our mission is to unite families, school staff, and
the community to assist students in their pursuit
of becoming life-long learners and leaders.

We will hold students accountable to high expectations while meeting individual academic needs. 
We will inspire students to discover and pursue their individual talents.
We will encourage students to set and achieve goals.
We will instill in students the value of giving back by providing opportunities to serve others.

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


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.

Leader in Me School

McAuliffe Elementary has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC). This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding student outcomes, by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

Mcauliffe students walk around the track at the nearby 8th Grade Center.

Welcome to McAuliffe Elementary School!

Student Pledge

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



Jennifer McKnight


Jennifer McKnight was named principal of McAuliffe Elementary in 2017, after being named assistant principal for McAuliffe in the summer of 2016.

McKnight 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.

Assistant Principal

Donna Ross


Donna Ross was named Assistant Principal for McAuliffe Elementary in August 2022.

Ross comes to Union from Tulsa Public Schools where she was a teacher at McKinley Elementary School.

Ross has 27 years of experience in education, and had been working at TPS since 1995. Her extensive knowledge of curriculum and consistent practice of utilizing research-based instructional strategies, have resulted in several recognitions and awards. One time, she even received a proclamation from the mayor and the Tulsa City Council, and she was a finalist in NEA’s Bullying and Harassment Codrea 2012. 

More recently, Ross had the honor to serve as 2021 Tulsa Public Schools Teacher of the Year as well as an Oklahoma top-12 finalist for state teacher of the year. Ross currently serves on the State Superintendent Advisory Board and State Department of Education Math Advisory Committee. And now, she serves the kids at McAuliffe!

Ross received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Langston University and her master’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. 

McAuliffe In Photos

Kids participate in a throwing activity while learning with McAuliffe teacher
McAuliffe art teacher gives instructions to class
McAuliffe front office staff
3 McAuliffe students in the library
McAuliffe girl at desk writing on paper
Mcauliffe students work on class assignments
McAuliffe student with hat sits during a school assembly
McAuliffe art teacher gives instructions to group of kids
McAuliffe students lay their heads down on a table
Row of bikes are shown outside in front of McAuliffe Elementary
McAuliffe teachers and students sit on steps at Guthrie Green in Tulsa
Christa McAuliffe Elementary building sign