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Letter from the Principal

Dear Kendall-Whittier Parents/Guardians,

I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your student(s) to Kendall-Whittier E.S..  As key stakeholders in this community, we welcome your ideas, communication, and support.

At Kendall-Whittier, we offer many services for students, parents, and community.  The staff and I are dedicated to providing your family with quality educational experiences.   

We look forward to partnering with you to help your child reach his/her full educational success.  It’s going to be a great year! 


Ronda Kesler, Principal


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Ronda Kesler

I received my Bachelors of Science degree from Oral Roberts University and MA in Administration from OU Tulsa. I have taught Special Education and Regular Education in public schools in the states of Colorado, Washington, and Oklahoma for a total of approximately 20 years, along with home-schooling my four children in their early elementary years.  When my family and I moved to OK in 2004, my children were enrolled in public school, and I began teaching at Hamilton MS as a Special Education teacher for 7th grade.  After two years in that position, I became a Behavior Coach and Positive Behavior Intervention Support Coach for the district for two years before working in the capacity of Special Education Coordinator, assisting 20 schools with Special Education guidance and support, as well as providing extensive Professional Development for teachers and principals.  In 2009 I moved into the capacity of Principal at McKinley ES, and in 2011 was asked to move to Kendall-Whittier where I have been ever since.  I have four grown children, three grand-children, and have been married for 36 years.

Curtis Swinford
Assistant Principal

I received my Bachelors of Science degree from Northeastern State University and my Masters in Educational Leadership from OSU. I have taught regular, gifted and alternative education in public schools in Texas and Oklahoma for 20+ years.  I spent the majority of my teaching career here in this neighborhood at the former Cleveland Jr. High.  I am a National Board Certified educator.  I also spent two years coaching novice teachers in Tulsa before arriving at Kendall Whittier.  I have one daughter studying at the University of Central Oklahoma.

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Tiffany Thomason
Assistant Principal

I am a proud Tulsa Public Schools graduate. I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University.  

I have taught regular education, gifted education, and reading intervention. I have 13 years of public school teaching experience in Oklahoma and Colorado. In Colorado, I was apart of my school's instructional leadership team as a mentor and master teacher. My duties included teacher evaluation, teacher mentoring, and planning and presenting professional development. I worked on the district’s language arts curriculum team to streamline curriculum across grade levels. 

I also coached middle school girls and boys basketball. At Edison Preparatory I taught AP 7th grade language arts and served as the language arts department chair. I have one son who will be a 3rd grader next year.

Gracye McCoy
Learning Director

I received my Bachelors of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Tulsa and my Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. I have taught kindergarten, first and second grade mostly in multi-age and Dual Language classrooms. I got my National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education in 2007 and then recertified in 2017. My entire professional career has been here at Kendall-Whittier, and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to come to work everyday! I have a husband and 5 children, and we are all proud KW Tigers!