Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 2, 2012
Rachel Chronister Retired As Herald Elementary Principal
Rachel Chronister Started As Herald Principal In 2007

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Note: Having just taken charge of the school web site (and being an archivist at heart), I've decided to save these two pages of information (in the CHS Alum Area of cvilleok) from the Herald Elementary pages before the info is updated with Arlin Stacy's info in Jan. 2012. Don't have an official policy set yet for historical info on the school site. -- Ted Wright 1/2/2012
Welcome to Herald Elementary

Thank you for visiting our web site and we welcome you to come visit our wonderful school. Pat Herald Elementary is twelve years old and we house approximately 589 students and 57 teachers and support staff. This is my fourth year as principal; previously I was counselor here at Herald for eight years.

Our school philosophy is to provide a caring, safe and inviting atmosphere where all children feel important and master success. We have an open door policy and welcome parent input and communication.

We believe in "Great Expectations" philosophy that models the best teaching practices and procedures for setting children up for success. Most of our teachers have received training in GE and many have enrolled for more training during their summer vacation. Our school exemplifies high academic standards, mutual respect between teachers and students, and a caring environment. We vigorously teach our curriculum with the understanding that all children learn differently and we utilize various learning styles and hands-on activities to enrich student learning and achievement.

Another component of our school's philosophy is that we believe teaching character education is critical in teaching the whole child and preparing our children to become successful adults. We integrate character in all areas throughout our day. We use a variety of ways to recognize and showcase student accomplishments and successes. Our teachers are willing to put in additional time and effort to participate in our assemblies. We select "Character Kids" each month and recognize them at a character assembly.

Herald teachers are highly qualified certified and you will find them to be some of the hardest working teachers anywhere in the state. You will see many of our teachers here early in the mornings and staying late each evening.

Please check our "Great Things Are Happening" link to see for yourself the wonderful events that are going on at our school.

"The most valuable gift you can give another is a good example!"

-- Rachel Chronister (Sept. 2010)

Meet the Principal

Hello! I thought you might like to know a little about your child's principal. I obtained my bachelor's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and my master's degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State university.

This is my fourth year as principal which I love but at times I also find quite challenging. Prior to being principal, I was counselor here at Herald for eight years, two years at Broken Arrow and one year at Ponca City. My first thirteen years of teaching experience I taught at the high school level. I have also taught evening Alternative School for five years. As you can see, I have diverse experience working with all ages of students but working with elementary students is my love and passion. Being given the opportunity to work with children is much more than just a job to me. I feel it is a God given mission in my life and I find it very rewarding. I believe in promoting excellence in all areas and teaching the whole child.

A little about my personal life. I have been married to an awesome man for 33 years. My husband Ken is assistant principal at the high school. We have been blessed beyond measure with two wonderful children. Ashley is 25 years old and lives in Oklahoma City. She graduated from OSU and is a pharmaceutical representative for Tekada pharmaceuticals. Our son Tyler attends OSU and is an education major. Oh, I have to include our cocker spaniel that is nine months old. Her name is Sassy and her name fits her perfectly!

In my spare time, I love to travel, camp, scrapbook, sew, snow ski, read and decorate. We are very active in our church and are very blessed to have so many wonderful friends in this community.

Thank you for allowing me to be your principal and for sharing your children with us here at Herald. I consider it a privilege to work with your child and I believe it is my calling to lead this school with high academic standards and character. Please feel free to come eat lunch with your child or visit us during one of our many events. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (918) 371-4173

Personal Motto: No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care! -----Unknown

-- Rachel Chronister (Sept. 2010)