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Taylor Kilburn
Counselor Administration

Joined: 2015

College: B.A. in Sociology from Oklahoma State University, Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma

Why TSAS?: I love the feeling of community, the wonderful and supportive people and the way students are respected and empowered as lifelong learners and individuals.

Interesting Fact: I am married to a TSAS alumnus (class of 2004), I love food, dogs, and Tina Fey.

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Adriana Lopez
Director of Operations Administration

alopez@tsas.org

Joined: 2011

College: Northeastern State University – Criminal Justice Major – Legal Studies Minor

Why TSAS? Inspiring teachers and wonderful staff.

Interesting Fact: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” ~ Rabbi Hillel

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Ellen McCoy Ph. D.
Executive Director Administration

emccoy@tsas.org

Joined: 2017

College: University of Oklahoma – Ph.D. of Education Leadership; DePauw University – B.A. Political Science

Why TSAS? I believe the heart of education rests within the hands of teachers, and TSAS recognizes and elevates this philosophy. It is a place where teachers give students the tools to grow and learn in dynamic classrooms. TSAS cultivates an environment of rich academic preparation while appreciating the unique needs and interests of the individuals we are and we want to become. I am honored to work alongside everyone who calls TSAS home.

Interesting Facts: Some of my favorites: Coca-Cola, The Beatles, Wendell Berry, Z104.5, Ford pick-up trucks, supreme pizza without sausage, Motown, Kentucky Wildcat Basketball, travel, chocolate…

 

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Daniel Sharples
Director of Community Development Administration

dsharples@tsas.org

Joined: 2014

College: B.A. in Religious Studies, Minor in History –  University of Oklahoma; M.A. in Secondary Education (in progress) – University of Missouri- St. Louis

Why TSAS? When I imagined becoming a teacher and being part of a school, this place is what I pictured. The freedom of the teacher, the encouragement of curiosity, and the positive interactions between students and faculty match what I wanted to see happen. This place feels like home to me.

Interesting Fact: Sometimes when I am driving I catch myself singing Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” in the key of Michael McDonald. After that, I like reading books, listening to vinyl records, and watching / analyzing / writing about film and television. I dream about hiking and go occasionally. I love NY Times crossword puzzles.

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Liesa Smith Ph. D.
Lead Principal Administration

Joined: 2002, 2009

College: OSU – Ph. D. : Curriculum Studies; NSU – Masters Degree : School Administration; TCC – Associates Degree : Fine Art; TU – Bachelors Degree : English Education and Fine Art;

Why TSAS? I choose to work at TSAS because it is a learning community focused on the potential and achievement of each individual student.  The teachers at TSAS care about each student’s academic growth as well as their human journey.  On an almost daily basis I am amazed at how our relational environment is supportive and encouraging to both the students and the faculty.  Our school community is made up of people at every level of involvement that care deeply about intellectual pursuits, creativity, innovation and humanity.There’s no place like TSAS and I am honored to work here.  

Interesting Fact:  I am super proud that all four of my children graduated from TSAS. I love books, writing, cooking  – and I wish I had more time to explore artistic pursuits and garden, because I really enjoy those too. I think that good conversations, time with family and friends, coffee (and dogs) bring beauty to the mess of life.
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Jesse Stallings
Librarian and College Counseling Administration

Joined: 2007

College: Rogers State University – BA Liberal Arts, and The University of Oklahoma – MA Library & Information Studies

Why TSAS? Choice! Not only do our students choose to attend TSAS, but teachers are afforded the opportunity to make the best decisions for their students’ education. This, coupled with an insightful and supportive group of colleagues who are dedicated to developing themselves and their peers, makes for a community enriching like no other.

Interesting Fact: I like to make robots that can draw.

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Colton Tucker
Special Education Administration

ctucker@tsas.org

Joined: 2018

College: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Oklahoma State University

Why TSAS? I chose TSAS due to its emphasis on the liberal arts as well as the level of autonomy granted to both its students and faculty. I was further impressed by the amount of electives, clubs, and extracurricular activities available to the students.

Interesting Facts: Alongside being a serial hobbyist, I have been playing guitar and singing/songwriting for over 12 years. I also enjoy transition skateboarding, longboarding, and extended road trips.