Meet the Assistant Principal

Phone: 620-252-6430


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Noel O'Kane

I am ecstatic to begin a new adventure serving the students, parents and staff of Community Elementary.  My passion lies in student success and growth.  I firmly believe students deserve a safe and loving place to learn and grow during their school experience.  My educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education and a Masters in Leadership obtained through Pittsburg State University! Go Gorilla's!  I began my teaching career in Chanute as a first grade teacher and after 9 years was selected by the interview committee to serve as an assistant principal at Chanute Elementary School.  I served as an assistant principal for 2 years before applying to join the amazing team that serves USD 445.  
I am married to an amazing man, Shawn O'Kane, who is a middle school gym teacher and coach in Independence.  We have 5 incredible children ranging from the ages of 10 to 20 years old.  In our spare time we enjoy traveling, cooking and watching the Royals!  We also love spending time with our extremely cute furry family member, Charcoal, our dog! 
I am looking forward to a phenomenal school year and can't wait to meet all of you!