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.

Alan Chen, MD - Vice Chair

Alan Chen, MD - Vice Chair

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. Dr. Chen was recently commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. In his spare time, Dr. Chen enjoys rucking and obstacle course races, embracing the challenge and discipline of endurance events. Dr. Chen believes that any student can thrive with classical education and is excited to help provide it to young scholars in Tallahassee.

Priscilla West Beckley - Secretary

Priscilla West Beckley - Secretary

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.

John Clark - Treasurer

John Clark - Treasurer

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.

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.

Matthew Mohler

Matthew Mohler

Matt Mohler is an External Affairs Special Projects Manager for Florida Power and Light Company. Matt and his wife Rachel have five children; his three oldest already attend Classical and will be joined by his fourth who will enter Kindergarten in Fall 2021. Matt spent the past 15 years as a political consultant working for candidates who supported school choice, limited government, virtuous principles, and the American Dream. Matt's interests include the Founding Fathers' Original intent for our Constitutional Liberties, watching his children participate in extracurricular activities, playing his banjo, and spending time with his best friend, Rachel. He is the former Co-Founder of the Young Republican Club of Indian River County, former Vice President of the Indian River County Historical Society, and a self-proclaimed Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist. Matt is a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church where he has served as a catechist prior to the paralyzing global pandemic, and he closely follows the Franciscan Contemplative Prayer movement.

Jennifer Diaz

Jennifer Diaz

Jennifer Diaz is a life long educator. She served as a special education teacher for seven years in a Miami-Dade public school and has been working in the Student Services department of a public charter school in Miami-Dade county for the last five years. Jennifer is married to Manny Diaz Jr. and has three daughters: Madison, Grayson, and Lexington.

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 John Clark. He can be reached at ParentLiaison @ tlhclassical.org or (850) 391-3830.