A B C D E F G H K L M N O P S T W
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Caleb Beavers
World Geography History

cbeavers@tsas.org

Joined: 2017

College: University of Central Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication

Why TSAS? I wanted to work at TSAS because all the kids I’ve ever met that went to school here reminded me of the people I actively sought out in my teenage years: Creative, compassionate and open to many paths in life.

Interesting Fact: I think cornbread is gross. I think cornbread dipped in milk is extra gross.

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Emily Brinton
Special Education Administration

ebrinton@tsas.org

Joined: 2017

Education: Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) – Bachelor of Science in Education and Tulsa Community College – Associate in Arts

Why TSAS? I knew from the first moments of walking into TSAS that this is a special place. I was drawn to the acceptance of individuality while cultivating an environment allowing students and staff to flourish. I had heard of TSAS’s reputation for being a magnificent place for all who are a part of it, and really wanted an opportunity to join. Since joining, TSAS has lived up to its reputation and I feel lucky to be a part of such a wonderful family.

Interesting Facts: I spent my kindergarten and 5th grade year in German public schools and can speak German fluently. My main hobbies are hiking, camping, gardening, and cooking. I also enjoy Kayaking, motorcycles, fishing, and horseback riding. When I retire, I hope to open an animal sanctuary. My only broken bone has been my cheek when I was smacked by a horse hoof causing 3 breaks and 4 cracks across my cheekbone.

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Cheyenne Butcher
Photography, Yearbook, Zine Visual Arts

cbutcher@tsas.org

Joined: 2018

College: Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado

Why TSAS? The passion and dedication for the Arts is what drew me to TSAS. In a time where many institutions are ending photography programs and taking out darkrooms, I admire a school that sees the importance and the potential of photography as a venue for expression for students. I believe it’s not just a skill but an avenue of learning history as well as making it.

Interesting Facts: I have spent my free time over the last few years converting a school bus into a mobile tiny house and through photography, I’ve been documenting the process.

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Danielle Chapman
7th Grade Math Math

dchapman@tsas.org

Joined: 2017

College: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Master of Education in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University

Why TSAS? I chose TSAS because it is truly a learning community. We focus on the whole process of learning, we celebrate the student’s individuality, and don’t try to fit them into a preconceived mold. We recognize that students are people.

Interesting Facts:  Believe it or not I am actually really shy and, love to geek out about math. I am also a sun-worshipper.

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Kevin Couch
Jazz Band Performing Arts

kcouch@tsas.org

Joined: 2017

College: Bachelor of Science in Education – Music, University of Arkansas, and Master of Education in Administration, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Why TSAS? The environment at TSAS is wonderfully unique and provides tremendous opportunities for students and faculty to discover their best talents. It also allows me as an educator to explore and develop new ideas that are simply not available in a regular public school.

Interesting Facts: I love to work in the outdoors and I’m a huge “do it yourself” kind of person.

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Catherine Denton
Receptionist

cdenton@tsas.org

Joined: 2016

College: BA in English from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.

Why TSAS?: I love the unique culture of TSAS (all three of my kids have attended) and wanted to be a part of the team!

Interesting Fact: I’m a wanna-be minimalist; I love the idea of wearing one outfit all the time (seven of them for each day of the week), but I’m not brave enough for that yet!

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Ebony Dorsey
English Language Arts English

edorsey@tsas.org

Joined: 2016

College: Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Northeastern State University, and Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership – Reading and Literacy Emphasis – from Oklahoma State University.

Why TSAS? TSAS is a different place, and I wanted to experience that! I also have a passion for middle school students and I wanted to get back to that! TSAS + middle schoolers = a magical carpet ride!

Interesting Fact: There is a 20-year age difference between my older sister and myself!

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Rebecca Enriquez Ortiz
Pre-Algebra, Changemakers Math

rortiz@tsas.org

Joined: 2018

College: Oklahoma State University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Why TSAS? It fosters and exemplifies the value of relationships in education.

Interesting Facts: I’m a true Texan that calls Tulsa home. I enjoy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, 90s hip-hop, and mathematics.

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Kelly Foshee
Teaching Artist Visual Arts

Joined: 2006

College: University of Tulsa– Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1998 University of Tulsa– Certificate in Museum Studies, 2000 University of Tulsa– Master of Fine Arts, 2002 Tulsa Community College– Certificate in Italian Language Studies, 2002

Why TSAS?:  Because I wanted a school where I was free to develop my own curriculum that was free from the constraints of traditional schools, and focused on encouraging the growth of students in their creative life. This school values the benefits of an all-around education in which art is seen as an essential tool for the development of both the student’s critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

Interesting Fact: In his 87th year, Michelangelo inscribed on a sketch the words ‘Ancora Imparo’– Italian for ‘I am still learning’. It’s a reminder that learning is a life-long pursuit, and we’re never truly finished. I have also taught at the Philbrook Museum of Art for the last 10 years, and live with two dogs, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, Gus, and my husband, Aaron.

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Dan Hahn
Middle Grades Principal Administration

Joined: 2011

College: Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Northeastern State University and a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Oklahoma

Why TSAS? I work with students because they give me life, make me better, and help me know and love my world more profoundly than I ever could without them. I choose to do this at TSAS because TSAS is a school where every adult and student is profoundly known and valued. TSAS students are the kind of people our world needs as neighbors, doctors, artists, politicians, servers, inventors, thinkers, and friends.   

Interesting Fact: My family; Amanda, Adrian, and David are beautiful and sensational. Aside from working at the best school in the world, I watch a lot of TV, eat a lot of food, read a lot of books, referee adult soccer, and work on my house.

 

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Kate Hughes
Speech and Debate, Choir Performing Arts

khughes@tsas.org

Joined: 2016

College: Oklahoma City University, BA in Theatre Performance / BA in Music

Why TSAS?: I’m from the Tulsa area (even though I moved away for 10 years) and I had admired TSAS from afar for a long time – TSAS alums I’ve met are so well-rounded, and none of them can stop talking about how great their high school was. Once I started teaching here, I understood what all the hype was about!

Interesting Fact: I enjoy puns.

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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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Tyler Kinshella
U.S. History History

tkinshella@tsas.org

Joined: 2016

College: MA in History and BA in Political Science from the University of Tulsa

Why TSAS?: I believe in the overarching principle of TSAS – that education can be dignifying and every student deserves that opportunity.

Interesting Fact: I’m married to my wonderful wife, and we have 1 four-legged canine friend. I spend my free time being a DJ for weddings.

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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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Kelly Morgan
Paraprofessional Support

kmorgan@tsas.org

Joined: 2018

College: University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy – Board Certified Music Therapist

Why TSAS? I chose TSAS because of the wonderful supportive teachers, administration, and other staff as well as the opportunities for personal and academic growth offered to students here. I see that students are consistently welcomed and their thoughts are truly heard!

Interesting Facts: I love to hike, cook, and enjoy music with friends and strangers alike. A notable accomplishment of mine is that I piloted a new NICU Music Therapy program during an internship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. When I’m not at work, you will most likely find me at home with my cats.

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Peter Myers
8th Grade English Language Arts English

pmyers@tsas.org

Joined: 2018

College: John Brown University, Bachelor’s of Arts in English

Why TSAS? I chose TSAS for the environment of student-focused learning that it creates. TSAS seems to be a place where students are truly put before everything else.

Interesting Facts: I love reading, writing, good stories, and board games!

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Mary Nicholson
7th Grade Science Science

mnicholson@tsas.org

Joined: 2017

College: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans and Master of Science in Biology, University of New Orleans

Why TSAS? I appreciate the respect the administration has for both staff and students. I believe that it is a great foundation for academic success as well as personal growth.

Interesting Facts: I met my husband on the dance floor in New Orleans. Together, we’ve lived in four cities and have two cats and two dogs.

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Daniel Sharples
Director of Community Development, Dean of Students 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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Ashanti Williams
8th Grade Science Science

awilliams@tsas.org

Joined: 2018

College: Baylor University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Arabic & Middle East Studies

Why TSAS? I chose TSAS because everything I heard about it reminded me of the sort of education I received growing up. I knew I just had to be in a place where the nature of the school was to nurture the individual to strengthen the community.

Interesting Facts: I keep up with all things nerdy and love to talk about them. I can probably talk your ear off about most video games, movies, comics, or TV shows. I also randomly get a ton of beta test invites, so chances are I have played that obscure indie game you want to buy.