Mrs. Raye L. Nero – Principal of Sequoyah Elementary School
I knew teaching was my passion when I was a little girl and would teach my sister everything I knew including how to read. So, when I graduated from Sapulpa High School, it was not a surprise that I would chose education as a career. I attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, I started working for Tulsa Public Schools as an elementary teacher at Greeley, Alcott, and Emerson for a combination of 15 years. During this time, I earned a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State in Educational Leadership. I later worked as a District New Teacher Mentor Coach for three years and then as Principal Intern at Celia Clinton ES.
In 2008, I became the principal of Greeley ES for three years and then moved to Sequoyah Elementary School where I have served as principal for 9 years.
I will be starting my 28th year as an educator with TPS this fall. During my tenure I have had the opportunity to touch many lives as an educator and it has been very rewarding for me as a person and educator.
“Like a tree, I stand strong against the winds of destruction that come against our students’ families. I believe that no matter what our students are going through; no matter how many outside influences they must deal with; they can dangle in the freedom of being an educated individual, like branches hanging from a tree, BECAUSE THESE STUDENTS ARE EXTENTIONS OF ME!!! I AM A PRINCIPAL!!!” by Raye L. Nero
Melissa Jones-Chunu – Assistant Principal of Sequoyah Elementary School
Melissa Jones- Chunu was born in Tulsa, OK and attended Tulsa Public Schools. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oral Roberts University in 2001 she began her teaching career at Alcott and Greeley Elementary Schools, working with Title I students who resided in underserved areas.
In 2005, she earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. She married Oreva on March 18, 2006. Shortly after their union Jason and Hannah were born into their family.
In 2011, Mrs. Chunu accepted the Vocal Music Instructor position at Booker T. Washington High School. While at Booker T. Washington, Mrs. Chunu served as the Fine Arts Department Chair, Women Empowered Sponsor, Class of 2018 Sponsor, and was nominated as Teacher of the Year. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree in Administration and Leadership from Oral Roberts University, and enjoying her role as the assistant principal of Sequoyah Elementary School.
Throughout her 19 years in education, she continues to mentor and nurture students by encouraging them to overcome obstacles. Mrs. Chunu is amazed by her students, colleagues, and families and feels grateful to partner with such incredible people to help every child at Sequoyah Elementary School achieve their personal goals.