Renee Rabovsky was born and raised in Tulsa and is a Tulsa Public Schools alumna. She received her undergraduate degree in math education and masters in administration from Northeastern State University. She began her teaching career in 2008 when she came back home to TPS to work as a math teacher at her alma mater Edison High School. She then served the district as a teacher at Rogers High School and as an instructional coach before taking on her first assistant principal job at McLain Junior and Senior High School. She served in that role for four years before taking on the interim principal position at McLain High School for Science and Technology.
I moved to Tulsa in 2007 from Illinois where I had both practiced law and worked in education. I have a B.A. and M.A. from Illinois State University, a M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma, and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. I decided to join Team Tulsa in 2008 and began my career teaching English at McLain High School for Science and Technology.
I have held many positions in my time at Tulsa Public Schools, including teacher, department chair, staff developer, instructional coach, and assistant principal.
After toiling in the vineyards of Education for 40 years; teaching students, leading schools, and managing programs, I retired in 2015. It didn’t take me long, however, to realize that I still had a burning desire to teach and work with great professionals, who were committed to making a change in the lives of students. McLain offered me that opportunity and I seized the moment. There has not been a day that I questioned my decision to come out of retirement.
EXPERIENCE: Of my now 43 years in education; eight have been as a teacher, seven as a counselor, twenty-two years as a school leader, and six years as a district leader.
LEADER FOR: School Community Guidance Center (Dallas, Texas), Irving (TX) High School, Wheeler Transitional Center (Irving, TX), Irving (TX) Independent School District, McLain High School.
FAVORITE TEACHER: Mrs. Evelyn Broadneaux (5th grade), hands down. She demanded excellence, never accepted excuses, stressed social decorum and demanded proper articulation of the English language. During my career in education, she reigns as the best of many outstanding role models,. from whom I have learned so much about life, the education arena and professionalism .
FAVORITE PLACE IN TULSA: Tulsa Performing Arts Center and the Gathering Place.