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Jeffery Donaldson
Sophomore English, Senior English English


Joined: 2018

College: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Oral Roberts University

Why TSAS? I prize the value TSAS places on a liberal arts education and their mission to help all students achieve their personal goals.

Interesting Facts: 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!” I have been devoted to my partner in life for nearly 30 years, the last 18 of those in our little home on the river bend near downtown Tulsa.

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Tangela Ekhoff
Freshman English and Composition English


Joined: 2018

College: Bachelor of Science in English Education, and Master of Education from the University of Auburn at Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama.

Why TSAS? I have always wanted to teach in a school that valued every student as a human being and every teacher as a professional. I thought a school like TSAS could not possibly exist. It took two states, six schools, and one TSAS graduate (my son’s favorite teacher who suggested TSAS was the best place for him) to find the best kept secret in education.

Interesting Fact: I used to be kind of internet famous. I hated being kind of internet famous.

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Angela Hudson
Junior and Senior English, AP Lang. English

Joined: 2013

College: Oklahoma State University

Why TSAS? As I entered the field of education, I knew I wanted to teach in an environment that nurtured the student as a whole person rather than just a statistic. TSAS is the embodiment of all I believe education to be: individually focused and community minded.

Interesting Fact: I read magazines backward.

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Ellen Stackable
AP English Literature, Ex Cineribus (TSAS’s literary journal) English

Joined: 2001

College: B.S.E. from the University of Nebraska in English and German Graduate work at the University of Oklahoma

Why TSAS? In the summer of 2001, I came to an informational meeting before the school ever began. I had a son who was going into ninth grade and I was interested in TSAS. After hearing about the school, I was convinced that my son should go there and I wanted to teach there as well. All three of my children ended up going to TSAS and graduating, and I have had the privilege of teaching here since it began. I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be.

Interesting Fact: I love baking bread, doing crosswords, hiking, biking, and rock climbing. My favorite place to grade papers is at Doubleshot Coffee, sitting at a big table with my colleagues from TSAS. I have been married 28 years and have three wonderful children and one lovely daughter-in-law. A few of my favorite authors: John Donne, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Elizabeth Goudge.