I am proud and excited to be leading East Central Junior High. I’ve just completed my 28th year as an educator. I started my career teaching English for three years in junior and senior high schools. After earning my master’s degree, I transitioned into the role of PK-12th grade counselor. After five years, I came to Tulsa as counselor of Nimitz Middle School. Two years later, I was promoted to principal of Kerr Elementary. Over my eight years there, I came to love the Eastside community. But I felt pulled back to secondary school, so I left Kerr to serve as academic assistant principal of North Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow. During my second year there, the assistant superintendent asked me what I really wanted to be doing. After some reflection, I told her that what I really wanted was to be principal of a school in a low-income neighborhood like the ones where I grew up.
In 2011, I was offered the opportunity to return to East Tulsa and transition Lewis & Clark from a middle school to an elementary. At the time, that was the dream job for me. Over the next eight years, L&C experienced a high level of challenge, but also a high level of growth. I loved my team and the families, but again I felt the tug to return to serving secondary-age kids. So when I was offered the opportunity to lead East Central Junior High, I didn’t hesitate. Now, this is my dream job. My purpose as an educator is to guide young people into successful life paths, and there is no place I would rather do that than ECJH. Go Cardinals!
Sarah Gooldy received her B.A. in education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK and her M.Ed. in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma. She taught at Tahlequah High School for three years, Putnam City High School for one year, and North Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow for three years. She then moved into leadership positions, serving as assistant principal in Sequoyah and Broken Arrow before joining Tulsa Public Schools.