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Ademola Adeyemi
Algebra 1 Math

I am blessed with the most beautiful woman on the face of this planet, Abisola (Abby), the wife of my youth (over 12 years), and because of her, we have the 3 most gorgeous, smart, and intelligent children in the world; Simi (10), David (6), and Esther (2). I recently ran and completed my very first half-marathon (13.1 miles). I used to be so scared of dogs, but I found out just recently I do NOT have that fear anymore. I saw a Coyote head-on during one of my practice runs, and it kept coming close to me and my friend, but noticing we didn’t flinch, it found an escape route through a fence and ran away!

I teach because it goes back to the saying, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Our future generation of leaders deserve the very best of quality education and am grateful TSAS gives me an opportunity to do my part in making this a reality.

Email: aadeyemi@tsas.org

Room: 207 B

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma
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Jackie Brewer
Biology, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture Science

My first area study was art therapy, and I hope to become certified in horticultural therapy once I complete my graduate degree. My husband, Clay, and I live a 10-acre farm called ‘Blackberry Burro’ with 3 dogs, 5 donkeys, 1 goat, 8 beehives, and a multitude of birds (chickens, turkeys, ducks, and guineas). We currently reside in a 1973 Airstream as we continue to build our home. I was a horticulturist at the Tulsa Zoo prior to teaching at TSAS. My favorite quote is, “Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets” by Tom Robbins.

I teach to touch the future. I teach for laughter. I teach for curiosity. I teach for growth. I teach for love. I teach for leadership. I teach for well-being. I teach for knowledge.

Room: 215

Education Background:

  • Art Therapy from the College of Santa Fe
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticultural Science from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Education in Science Education from Northeastern State University (In progress)
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Cheyenne Butcher
Yearbook, Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, Ex Cineribus, Head of House – Fine Arts Fine Arts

I enjoy traveling, specifically road trips. I’ve been to 34 of the 50 states but I haven’t traveled abroad, yet! I live in a skoolie with my partner Blake, our cat Frank, our pup Mammoth and our hens.

I teach because Photography allows people to have a voice and express their thoughts, feelings and perspectives in a visual way that fuses Art and Science. It documents time, stories, and opens the door to witness other voices. I teach because I want our students to see that potential and their voices to be heard.

Email: cbutcher@tsas.org

Website: TSAS Photography Department

Room: 109

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado

 

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Rogelio Contreras
Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL), Modern Languages Department Chair Modern Languages

My name is Rogelio Contreras, but I go by Profe. at TSAS. My wife Diane and I have two beautiful children, Isabela and Joaquín. I have been teaching Spanish and American Sign Language at TSAS for 5 years. I love watching college football, dancing salsa, playing golf (recent hobby), reading, politics, traveling, trying new recipes, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family and friends.

I teach because being part of a profession that helps young people become critical thinkers, productive members in the world, improve their quality of life, and help open up opportunities for them is a job that I am proud to do and be a part of. I teach, but also learn how to become a better teacher and person everyday from my students and colleagues.

Email: rcontreras@tsas.org

Room: 205

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Masters of Science Deaf Education from Lamar University
  • Postrado Readaptación Deportiva from La Universidad de Barcelona
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Jeffery Donaldson
English 12, AP Literature, Head of House – Liberal Arts English

My teaching career began in China in 1987. Three years later, at the American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, I adopted my life’s motto: “I want to dance with the whole world!” Include everyone, exclude no one. I have been devoted to my partner in life for over 30 years, the last 20 of those in our little home on the river bend near downtown Tulsa.

My passion for teaching is deeply connected to helping students become better global citizens, equipped with the essential critical thinking tools needed to imagine and pursue their future with greater confidence.

Email: jdonaldson@tsas.org

Room: 112 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oral Roberts University
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Kelly Foshee
Art 7, Art 8, Painting I, 3D Art and Mixed Media Fine Arts

I’m a lifelong Tulsan and proud alum of Booker T. Washington HS who’s taught art and art history at TSAS since 2006. Before then, I worked at the Philbrook Museum of Art in the education and curatorial departments, and taught in multiple other local arts organizations as well. I speak 4 languages and was part of the inaugural Spanish Immersion class that began the dual language programs in Tulsa in 1981. I firmly and wholeheartedly believe that public education is the most important investment we can make in our kids and I hope to use my public education foundations to give back to my community, because they invested in me. I’m married and have an 8 year old son who is my favorite person and a 17 lb cat who sleeps on me. My favorite thing to do is reading, more reading, buying books and talking about books, but also all pop culture and history. I unabashedly love good animated shows with excellent storytelling.

I teach because I like kids– they all have an amazing energy and perspective on the world that is invaluable and constantly reminds me that we need to keep a little piece of that alive in ourselves as adults. I teach because I want students to be able to work with their hands in a way that doesn’t involve a keyboard or phone. I do it because art is an ancient and timeless subject, yet is also one of the most accessible languages that connects us universally. I teach because I want my students to have practical real-world skills, like creative problem-solving and perseverance. But I also teach art because I firmly believe that students need to exercise all parts of their brain in order to grow into fully actualized adults. Through art, a student can discover something about themselves or the world that changes them forever, and for the better, and it’s my privilege to be there when it happens. It’s just an added bonus that we get to make messes and that’s awesome.

Room: 103

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa
  • Certificate in Museum Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa
  • Certificate in Italian Language Studies from Tulsa Community College
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Marilyn Gates
Drama 1, Drama 2, Musical Theatre Fine Arts

I’m an avid fan of mysteries, most bodies of water, writing and almost any animal, especially my dog, Tank.

Teaching and learning with our youth is the most rewarding journey I can imagine. It enables me to feel like I’m contributing to our future in a positive way by teaching and encouraging students in all of their individual endeavors. Exploring the art of acting is a never ending process and the tools necessary are equally infinite. Humanity must be studied and this art makes all dreams possible. Sharing this craft with our students gives me the opportunity to keep these possibilities alive and participate in any imaginable circumstance.

Email: mgates@tsas.org

Room: 128

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Bedford University
  • American Theatre Conservatory
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Tyron Hall
Fitness Fine Arts

I was born and raised in Tulsa. I’m a husband and father. I have taught and mentored all ages from pre-k to high school through education, fitness, sports, and ministry. I have been on 3 mission trips. I love basketball, graphic design, and working out.

I teach to develop and prepare students for their future. I love to build and develop people, and education is a great space for me to do so.

Email: thall@tsas.org

Room: 121 (gym)

Education Background:

  • Rhema Bible College
  • Tulsa Community College
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Stephanie Heiliger
Algebra 2, Design Algebra 2, and Trigonometry Math

I am married and I have two wonderful children, and I love God and my church. In my down time, I enjoy reading, puzzles, crocheting, and time at the lake.

There are many reasons why I choose to teach mathematics, but one of them is that it is something that I enjoy. I continue teaching mathematics because it is fun to teach, I am good at what I do (although I can always improve!), I believe that learning mathematics can play a vital role in students’ education, and for the many lessons mathematics teach us besides just the math. It is not always fun (for some) and not always easy. Mathematics takes perseverance, hard-work, and critical thinking. These are important lessons for everyone to learn.

Email: sheiliger@tsas.org

Room: 207 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
  • Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Oklahoma State University
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Wes Hill
Government, Oklahoma History, US History, Head of House – College and Career History

I am from OKC and love the Thunder and watching NBA games. My wife Lindsay and I enjoy drinking coffee at home and the local shops in town, as well as, working on our fixer upper.

I teach because I want the world to be a better for everyone and while our society loves to teach people what to think, it rarely teaches them how to think. At TSAS we are passionate about releasing thoughtful humans, into the world, capable of critical thinking and thus able to create a world that is a better place for all people.

Email: whill@tsas.org

Room: 114

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Government from Oral Roberts University
  • Master of Arts in Education from Oral Roberts University
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Angela Hudson
Critical Writing, AP English Language and Composition, Podcasting, Food and Culture, Junior Class co-sponsor, English Department Chair English

I am slightly claustrophobic, love Indian food, and really enjoy reading books and talking about them with other people, which sometimes annoys my students.

I teach because I grew up in a very small town with limited experiences. While I started college right out of high school, I didn’t finish with a degree until I was an adult with three children. During my education as an adult, I came to understand the classroom as a place of discovery and empowerment, far different than I had experienced in my childhood. I teach to share that same empowerment with young people.

Email: ahudson@tsas.org

Room: 112 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University
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Kate Hughes
Speech, Debate, Intro to Speech and Debate, Middle School Drama, Junior Class Co-Sponsor Fine Arts

I have taught at children’s theatres and schools in three different countries. I am married and I have one dog named Daisy. I love singing, reading, gardening, napping, tinkering with language, and cooking. Speech and debate is the only sport I care about! 😉

I teach to empower young people, and thereby affect change in the world.

Email: khughes@tsas.org

Room: 310

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Oklahoma City University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oklahoma City University
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Korie Johnson
English 10 (Critical Reading & English Literature), Culture & Identity, and Film as Literature English

I’m a 5th Generation Oklahoman who moved to Colorado the summer before 8th grade, I consider both to be home. I moved to Tulsa three years ago and love working at TSAS. In middle school, I lived to beat a girl named Danielle (who obvs had it all) for first chair clarinet. I rarely won. Even though I held down 2nd chair, I wasn’t allowed to march with my clarinet crew because I couldn’t keep in step with the rest, but I could be found holding the flag in the front. In 9th grade I rode in the back of a golden El Camino through the desert to find a secret punk rock show. That was all a long time ago, and now I mostly chill with my family–husband and two children, plus our dog. I like to read books/stories, watch TV/movies, read the news, and make things. I can get weirdly competitive when I play board games. I like grape flavor, Central Asian/Middle Eastern food, Tajin, Chamoy, & popcorn. Music is great too.

Learning about things I’ve never even imagined is one of my top top favorite things about life. Learning more about things I already know gives me hope. Sharing stories and hearing stories — making those human connections – reassures my faith. Working with students, especially in a school with talented, inspiring, and hilarious faculty and staff, restores my spirit daily. My students surprise me, teach me, and make me better. Teaching demands that I take risks constantly and that I stay vulnerable. Those are hard but necessary things.

When I think about those special teachers that loved me when I was unlovable, pushed me to think past my emotions or uninformed opinions, guided me to discover new ideas, saw something in me that I couldn’t see, showed me a kind of patience that I had not earned from them, and helped me on my way, I wonder if there is really any way to properly thank them. How could I ever show my true appreciation for the sacrifices they made for me? The only thing I’ve come up with is to do for someone else what they did for me.

Email: kjohnson@tsas.org

Room: 113 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Mesa State College
  • Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming
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Aubree Karner
Art Foundations, Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Painting 1, Figure Drawing, Fine Arts Department Head Fine Arts

I live in Broken Arrow with my husband and two dogs. I teach part time and work part time as a professional artist. I also have a dog sitting business through Rover.com. If I’m not at home or school, you can usually find me at the gym, Crossfit BA, where I go almost every day. I have 6 favorite things: my husband, dogs, art, Dr. Pepper, naps, and chocolate!

I teach because Art is my passion, and I love to be able to help others discover how awesome and fun it is!

Email: akarner@tsas.org

Room: 102

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas
  • Master of Science in Museum Science and Management from the University of Arkansas
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Taylor Kilburn
High School Counselor Administration

I am a 4th generation Tulsan and 3rd generation OSU Alum. I love being outside, every dog that’s ever lived, candy & The Office. I am married to a TSAS alumnus (class of 2004) and together we are raising a future TSAS grad (Class of 2030) who we think is pretty great. I enjoy reading, politics and a strong cup of tea.

I work with our kids because I believe the strength and beauty of the future exists in our young people and it is an extreme honor to get to walk alongside teenagers as they move through high school. I love being part of a community that honors students autonomy & humanity first and helps them build resilience in an ever changing world.

Email: tkilburn@tsas.org

Room: 204

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from The University of Oklahoma
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Cynthia Lance
High School Earth Science, Honors Chemistry, Global Health Issues Science

I have taught science for 30 years, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, and global issues in science. I enjoy quilting, reading, collecting a variety of science paraphernalia, visiting geologic sites, and spending time with my adult children and their families.

I teach because I love science and it allows me to pass on to others what I love.

Email: clance@tsas.org

Room: 218

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa
  • Master of English (TOEFL) from Oklahoma State University
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Kelly Morgan
MS and HS Special Education Teacher Support

As well as a teacher, I am a Board Certified Music Therapist and have experience working with long-term/chronic pediatric patients at a children’s hospital. Working at TSAS has inspired me to go back to school to pursue a master’s in special education. TSAS has also gifted me with a new passion: learning, and helping others to do the same. I’m obsessed with my cats, and I like to get outside as much as possible.

I teach to ensure ALL students have equitable education and can reach their ambitious life goals. We are all still learning.

Email: kmorgan@tsas.org

Room: 104 D

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from University of Louisville
  • Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma
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Steven Okapal
Conceptual and Engineering physics, AP Physics, Astronomy, Philosophy, Head of House – STEM Science

I’m a Catholic raised Ohio boy taught to work for justice anywhere I see injustice. I know that while our souls and hearts must be our guide, we must hone our minds to make those dreams a reality. Oh, and I’m an Aquarius with my Pisces is in Venus, and I’ve been told that explains everything you need to know about me.

I teach because, to build a better world, we need critical thinking skills and scientific understanding helps reinforce those. Those that stand in the gap find it is not only lonely, but necessary. Since I find myself bridging LOTS of sections of existence, teaching science to the upcoming generation fits well in the effort to create a better world.

Email: sokapal@tsas.org

Room: 214

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University
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Suzan Ozkilic
Intro. to Computer Science, Computer Programming, Mobile App Development, AP Computer Science Principles Science

I am an MIT master trainer in mobile education and write computer lesson extensions for a company. I learned programming in 1996. First programs I’ve learned were Basic and Pascal. I love computers, mostly programming. I have two little daughters and a great husband who is also an educator.

I teach because I want to prepare young brains for the future’s technology world. I also want to inspire them as a computer scientist.

Email: sdalgic@tsas.org

Room: 207 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Electronics from Suleyman Demirel Universitesi
  • Computer Programming from Hacettepe University
  • Master of Science in Computer Science and Cyber Security from North American University
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Stephen Place
Fitness, Cross Country, Yoga, Track and Field Fine Arts

I am blissfully married to Emerson teacher Arianna and am the proud stepfather to Julian and Evelyn (as well as doggos Lizzie and Penelope). As a Texas native with a love for the outdoors I love riding and working on bikes and can be found working or volunteering at various bike shops around town. I’m an avid music listener with a lust for a good metal show and enjoy playing a bit of music myself – lately a lot of cello and drums!

I teach because I LOVE teaching! I love the connection with students, exploring a range of subjects and interests, and fostering the innate desire for growth and creativity. Understanding your own personal health can be the key to so many other things in life and it’s a true joy to help students along on their own health journeys.

Email: splace@tsas.org

Room: 121 (gym)

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Tulsa
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Morgan Reeves
English 9 English

I was born in Germany, but for the most part grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I had the opportunity to teach in Namibia for a couple of years with the Peace Corps, which was truly life changing. I love traveling and hope to make it to as many countries as I can. In my free time you can find me reading/writing, watching tv, or researching random facts.

I teach because kids are simply the best! They inspire me daily to do better and be better. Also, I get to encourage, support, and collaborate with the future leaders of our world.

Email: mreeves@tsas.org

Room: 115

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Family Science from the University of Maryland
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Maria Rozell
Licensed Student Counselor Support

I look forward to going to work every day to assist the students of TSAS. I enjoy traveling, gardening, and reading. I am married and have a son who attends my alma mater, OSU. We have two cats, and one dog. I dream of living on a small acreage of land, keeping bees, and growing organic fruits and vegetables.

mcovington@mortonhealth.org

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
  • Master’s of Education Psychology from Northeastern State University
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Liesa Smith Ph. D.
Lead Principal Administration

Though I was born far away in California, I am proud to be an Oklahoman who has lived for 4 decades in Tulsa. I have invested more than 20 years as a career educator and am grateful for the ways I have been transformed by my years at TSAS, and that my four children had the privilege of graduating from TSAS as well. I love learning and spend as much time as I can reading books, writing, practicing artistic pursuits, cooking, and enjoying nature. I think that good conversations, time with family and friends, coffee, and dogs bring beauty to the mess of life.

I am honored to be a school leader at TSAS because it is a learning community focused on the human experience of teaching and learning. It is a school concerned about the whole person and committed to nurturing the potential and growth of each individual student. The teachers at TSAS care about each student’s academic achievement as well as their human journey. On an almost daily basis I am awed by our relational environment and the ways it supports and encourages both students and the faculty. Our school community is made up of people who care deeply about intellectual pursuits, creativity, innovation and humanity.There’s no place like TSAS and I am honored to contribute to this special school.

Email: lsmith@tsas.org

Room: 201

Education Background:

  • Associate of Arts in Fine Art from Tulsa Junior College
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Fine Art & Education from the University of Tulsa
  • Masters of Education in School Administration from Northeastern State university
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Oklahoma State University
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Jesse Stallings
Librarian and College Counseling Administration

I started at TSAS in 2006 as a substitute barely three years older than my students. I was hired full-time the next year, teaching World Lit, Brit Lit, The Graphic Novel, YA Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Nonfiction, Mythology, AP Lang, and Computers I and II over the next ten years. Seeing a need to better serve our graduates, I created the College & Career Counselor position; then, seeing a further need, I began building our library. When I’m not at TSAS I’m working on my house, building drawing machines, knitting/crocheting, reading, or designing CNC projects.

I do this work because I believe that access to information is an essential right, and that nurturing the wisdom to use that information can bring about self-emancipation. Getting the right books into the hands of a curious student—or the right tools into the hands of a student with an idea—is all I want to do in this world.

Email: jstallings@tsas.org

Room: Collegiate Commons

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Rogers State University
  • Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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Colton Tucker
High School Special Education Director Support

My wife and I have one senior cat (G’ma Kitty) and many more critters planned to join us. I’m definitely a serial hobbyist but have a particular affinity for music and sustainable, organic gardening/farming. We look forward to expanding our little homestead and have many dreams we are putting to action. Just a heads up, I’ve never been particularly good at light conversation. 

I believe that education done right is liberating and it’s with that notion I embarked on this journey. There is no discipline that is more true than in special education. At TSAS, it is my dream -our collective dream- to build the most inclusive special education programming in the state of Oklahoma and for that to be a model to all others. That’s the labor I’m set out to do and that’s why I continue this work.

Email: ctucker@tsas.org

Room: 104 E

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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John Turner
World History and U.S. History History

I am an avid movie watcher, book reader, and dog lover. I have a Corgi named Molly, who I love very much. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new places.

I am an educator because I myself have a passion for learning. Everyday in the classroom my students provide me with a different perspective on any given topic. I believe that knowledge grants power and if I can give that to my students I have done my job; not only as a teacher but as a fellow human. Fortuna Eruditis Favet!

Email: jturner@tsas.org

Class Website: CLICK HERE

Room: 113 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa
  • Certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Tulsa
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Erin Wilkins
Geometry and Design Geometry Math

I’m a 7th generation Texan who has called Tulsa, Oklahoma home for the past 8 years. I live right in Owen Park with my husband Mitch and my lab-mastiff Tucker. I love hosting gatherings in my home and watching long hours of crappy reality television. I’m an avid college football fan and am always down to talk sports.

I strongly believe in the benefit of a full liberal arts education. As a math teacher I want to bring joy into a subject that is disliked by many. I believe the ability to solve problems is one that can be applied to many aspects to daily life.

Email: ewilkins@tsas.org

Room: 206

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tulsa