Meet Our Board

Oversight for Education

Tallahassee Classical School’s Governing Board plays an essential role in the school’s success through its oversight of the school’s leadership. The board is responsible for the governance of the school. Each director accepts his or her responsibility for the academic performance of the students and the sustainability of the school. The Board is guided by a set of bylaws that define how the Board operates. It acts to ensure compliance with Florida’s Charter School Law, federal law, and the terms of the Charter as agreed upon in the charter contract.

Jana R. Sayler, CPA

Jana R. Sayler, CPA

Jana Sayler became a Certified Public Accountant in 2007 and brings experience preparing budgets, reviewing contracts, managing cash flow, and advising clients on best business practices. In her career, she has also lived and worked in multiple states and overseas, and brings an understanding of how to navigate diverse situations. She and her husband are the proud parents of four children. As a founder of Tallahassee Classical, she is passionate about providing classical education to students.

Jennings Lawton DePriest

Jennings Lawton DePriest

Jennings DePriest is a policy and marketing consultant specializing in school choice and educational technology. He is the Chief Marketing Officer of Prolydian, a post-secondary exam security company and the Co-Founder of RallyWise, the first automated grassroots advocacy app. Jennings also serves as the chair of the Stacey Webb Arts Foundation, a non-profit that provides free after school arts instruction in Tallahassee's South City community.

Ben Graybar, MBA

Ben Graybar, MBA

Ben Graybar is a commercial banker and community volunteer. Graybar started working in finance and banking 25 years ago. Over the past 15 years, Graybar has gained extensive board experience after working in leadership with several nonprofits. He is a father of two sons and has been married to his wife for over 20 years.

Priscilla West

Priscilla West

Priscilla West has over twenty years of experience in the petroleum industry. She was raised in south Louisiana and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. She brings skill in crafting business strategies, building client relationships, and negotiating commercial contracts. Prior to settling in Tallahassee with her husband and two children, she lived in Oklahoma, Venezuela, Connecticut, and Barbados. Priscilla comes from a family of educators and has begun working toward teacher certification in Spanish. She is optimistic that the resurgence of classical education will ensure a bright future for our nation.

Joni Scott-Weideman, O.D.

Joni Scott-Weideman, O.D.

Joni Weideman is the Chief of Optometry at the Veterans Affairs Tallahassee Health Care Clinic. In addition to her full-time position, Dr. Weideman is a Lt. Col with the United States Air Force Reserves. During the last 15 years, she has educated optometry students through lectures, clinical externships, and pioneered an optometry residency program at the local VA. Dr. Weideman resides in Tallahassee with her husband of over 20 years and their three children.