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Jeffery Donaldson
English 12, AP Literature 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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Angela Hudson
Critical Writing, AP English Language and Composition, Podcasting, Food and Culture 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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Korie Johnson
English 10 (Critical Reading & English Literature), Culture & Identity, and Film as Literature, English Department Chair 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