Our Governing Board

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 - Board Chair

Jana R. Sayler, CPA - Board Chair

Jana Sayler is a Certified Public Accountant and a co-founder of the school. She brings experience in 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.

Priscilla West Beckley - Vice Chair

Priscilla West Beckley - Vice Chair

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.

Alan Chen, MD - Treasurer

Alan Chen, MD - Treasurer

Alan Chen is a pediatric radiologist with Radiology Associates of Tallahassee. Dr. Chen completed medical school at Albany Medical College, his residency at the University of South Florida (where he served as chief resident), and his fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Along with his medical expertise, Dr. Chen's focus with Tallahassee Classical School is to prepare each student with real-world skills and knowledge through classical education to succeed once they graduate.

Joni Scott-Weideman, O.D. - Secretary

Joni Scott-Weideman, O.D. - Secretary

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.

Barney Bishop III

Barney Bishop III

Barney Bishop III is a serial entrepreneur, a native Floridian, and an Eagle Scout. In the course of his life he has founded three companies. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party and the President and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida. He was appointed to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation. He is the current President of the Economic Club of Florida, and Founding Chair of Citizens for Responsible Spending. He has his degree in Political and Judicial Communication from Emerson College. He is married to the former Shelby Stinson and they have been married for 33 years.

Jennings Lawton DePriest I

Jennings Lawton DePriest I

Jennings Lawton DePriest I is a digital operative and policy advisor to a variety of non-profit and for-profit entities across the East Coast. His primary focus is using modern marketing techniques to influence policy through grassroots advocacy. Jennings and his wife, Lauren, are proud new parents to their son, Jennings Lawton DePriest II.

John Clark

John Clark

A sixth generation Floridian, John is a native of Gadsden County. He attended Tallahassee Jr. College, followed by Florida State University as well as FSU College of Law. His career began as a District Assistant to a Congressman. He followed that with a career in the brokerage business at Robinson-Humphrey, then Raymond James where he managed the Tallahassee office. He finished his career as a Senior Consultant at Merrill Lynch where he was lead broker on a team managing nearly one billion dollars. He is a member of the Florida Bar (inactive) and serves on the boards of the Governor’s Club, The Capital Tiger Bay Club, and is immediate past chairman of the board of the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation. His collection of political memorabilia is nationally recognized. He is married to Margaret Anne with two children and one grandson.

To view our Bylaws, click here.

To view our Charter Application, click here.

To view our Contract with Leon County Schools, click here.

To view our 2020-2021 Annual Operating Budget, click here.

 

Our Parent Liaison is Joni Scott-Weideman. She can be reached at JWeideman (at) tlhclassical.org or (850) 391-3830.