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Nicole Alterici
Middle School Counselor Administration

I have always lived in and around the Tulsa area, and currently live with my wife and three cats. I spend most of my time hanging out with my family or playing games. I also enjoy scary movies, anime, and good food.

I work with our kids because I love seeing students grow and discover their self worth. They can accomplish so much if they set their mind to it, and being at TSAS I get to continue to watch their process into high school!

Email:

Room: 306

Education Background:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University
  • Master of Science in School Counseling from Northeastern State University
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Ana Barros
Social Studies 6 History

Hello! My name is Ana Barros. I am a first-generation immigrant, who grew up in Brazil, Venezuela, and Panama before coming to the United States in high school, 10 years ago. I speak fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and English. I am here because I believe that every single person deserves an excellent education. Before coming to TSAS, I taught 7th and 8th grade to the wonderful students at East Central Junior High.

I teach because teaching is the hardest and most beautiful job in the world. It is a process of cracking your heart open; a constant challenge to build relationships and trust in ways that you may have never seen or experienced yourself. I always put kids before content, because I believe that we are humans first. Especially in this time in our country, I feel the weight of my responsibility as an educator, and am committed to partnering with our students to make the world the best it can be.

Room: 301A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Certificate in Education Studies from Yale University
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Chelsea Bourne
Science 6 Science

I hail from Louisville, Kentucky, but it’s been a long time since I’ve lived there. I’ve led an interesting life that has taken me from studying ancient meteorites in New Mexico, to working as a geologist in the deepest depths of a sweltering underground gold mine in Nevada, to teaching English and climbing mountains in Japan. I taught in New York City for two years and saw how starkly segregated the school system is there and I have been inspired to bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together. I’ve been in Tulsa for the last year and I really love the communities here. I’m learning more about anti-racism in science and how I can incorporate that into my teaching at TSAS.

I teach because I find it very rewarding ,and it gives me a sense of purpose. The opportunity to equip kids with tools to navigate the world, their emotions, and society is what helps me get up in the morning. I love seeing that I am making a difference in future generations and helping students understand that all problems have some kind of solution, even if it’s not the solution you sought out initially.

Email: cbourne@tsas.org

Room: 312

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Geology from Western Kentucky University
  • Master of Science in Geochemistry from University of New Mexico
  • Master of Arts in Science Teaching from Columbia University in New York City

 

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Emily Brinton
Middle School Special Education Director Support

I spent Kindergarten and 5th grade in German public schools because my mother was participating in a teaching exchange. My absolute favorite place to be is in nature. I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking the most. I collect rocks, bones, and whatever else strikes me as “cool” from my hikes. As a child, my dream was to be a professional ballroom dancer or anything in the equine profession.

I work with our kids because my life and career goal has always been to do whatever I can to be an ally and help support those who are faced with greater life and educational challenges. I truly believe all people are capable of learning and flourishing in their lives, provided they are given the opportunity, no matter their individual circumstances. Being able to help provide those opportunities is why I do what I do.

Email: ebrinton@tsas.org

Room: 104 D

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University

 

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Danielle Chapman
Math 7, Math Department Chair Math

I try to find joy in the small things in life. I’m a mom of 4 awesome kids and 5 fur babies. I absolutely love all things Disney I am also a big fan of Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Harry Potter (basically I’m just a big kid at heart).

I teach to help build a brighter future, and to encourage students and people to explore mathematics and hopefully alleviate some of their fears toward math.

Email: dchapman@tsas.org

Class Website: CLICK HERE

Room: 316 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University
  • Master’s of Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
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Ebony Dorsey
English 7, 7th Grade Team Leader English

My favorite quote is, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” by Maya Angelou. These are my words to live by, because I know how true they are, and I try to be mindful of them from day to day. I love my family, and I particularly adore my mother. My nephew Quincey has stolen my heart, and I love animals (especially dogs and elephants, the only exception would be snakes). I also love to watch movies; new movies or old movies, I just love movies.

I teach because it is the BEST job in the world. There is a never a boring or dull day or moment, and I have a passion for middle school students who I get to engage with on a daily basis! We are living and learning! TSAS + middle schoolers = a magical carpet ride, and I am highly committed to the ride.

Email: edorsey@tsas.org

Room: 314

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Northeastern State University
  • Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership – Reading and Literacy Emphasis from Oklahoma State University
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Tangela Ekhoff
English 6, 6th Grade Team Leader English

I love television as an art form and as a tool to educate. I am a huge fan of British costume dramas, the original Perry Mason, 30 Rock, and PBS documentaries. When I’m not watching TV, I read, write, play in my garden, sing really loudly and off key, and spend time with my 3 wonderful kids and my awesome husband. I was once a publicist and the best part of the job was free books and meeting some of the most famous authors on the planet. 

I teach because I knew I would be a teacher when I was a little girl. I have always loved the joy that comes from watching a person master a concept, learn a skill or gain confidence in their own humanity. I love teaching. I have done a lot of jobs, but teaching is my calling.

Email: tekhoff@tsas.org

Room: 301 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Auburn University
  • Master of Education in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University Montgomery
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Rebecca Enriquez Ortiz
Pre-Algebra 8, 8th Grade Team Leader Math

I’m a proud Texan that calls Tulsa home. I enjoy flea markets, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, 90s hip-hop, stand-up comedy, and mathematics.

I teach because I get to help youth actualize their power and position in dismantling an oppressive and dusty education system.

Email: rortiz@tsas.org

Room: 304

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma State 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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Dan Hahn
Middle Grades Principal Administration

I have been working in education for the last 13 years. Previous to being a principal, I taught English for 10 years. I live with my wife Amanda as well as my two boys, Adrian and David. I love TV, music, and movies as well as frequenting as many restaurants as possible. I also love the writing of John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, and Cormac McCarthy. I played soccer most of my life, including in college, and have been fortunate enough to make music semi-professionally for the last 10 years. I love the music of Bright Eyes, Steph Simon, Conor Oberst, Oilhouse, The National, OutKast, Run the Jewels, and pretty much any really bad Nu Metal from the early 2000s.

I work with our students because it is an honor. These kids are brave, unique, hilarious, and encouraging. I am a better person because I get to know them, and they help me see a bright future for the world. I believe that the best possible place, for those who wish to move the needles of social change forward, is in a public school. Public school embodies the best of civilization; knowledge, equity, discourse, and community. TSAS strives daily to empower our kids and adults to grow in these areas, and we have a good time doing it.

Email: dhahn@tsas.org

Phone: 918-207-8997

Room: 302

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Northeastern State University
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma
  • Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma (in progress)

 

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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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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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Emily Hyde
Math 6 Math

When I am not teaching, I am learning! My favorite thing to do is learn a new hobby or about something new. I love reading, hiking, rowing, skating, and baking something I’ve never attempted before. Also, I have a dog named Brie who loves to hike- so taking her on a hike is definitely my favorite hobby!

I teach because I want to show students how fun and exciting math can be! Teaching lets me encourage students on their math learning journey through the creation of a unique classroom environment and inventive education tools. I was lucky enough to have teachers that fostered my passion for STEM and I’m here to do the same for my students!

Email: ehyde@tsas.org

Room: 311

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Water Resources) from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Science in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth
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Tyler Kinshella
U.S. History 8, History Department Chair History, Teacher Leaders

I migrated to Tulsa a decade ago for college, and now me and my family live here permanently! You can find me perusing the latest Western or Spy novel or landscaping in my home with my wife, young daughter and cat. Lonesome Dove is my favorite novel!

I teach to give kids an opportunity to grow and challenge themselves to be the best human they can be!

Email: tkinshella@tsas.org

Room: 303

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tulsa
  • Master of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa

 

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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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Peter Myers
English 8 English

I’m a huge nerd and love hearing about what my students nerd out about. In my spare time, I am reading, writing, and watching good stories in almost any format. I also enjoy playing games with my wife and our friends.

I teach because I believe that education is the silver bullet in solving problems in our world, and I want to be a part of the process.

Email: pmyers@tsas.org

Room: 305 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from John Brown University
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Mary Nicholson
Science 7, Science Department Chair Science

I am a lover of science, avid reader, gardener, and swimmer. I have taught every age group in some capacity from preschool to college level courses in multiple different cities. I adore animals, and live here in Tulsa with my husband, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 5 chickens.

I teach science because I believe that my students have the ability to positively impact the future of this country, but for that to be true they must have a foundational knowledge of how the world around them works and to be critical thinkers who can make their own decisions.

Email: mnicholson@tsas.org

Room: 316 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Loyola University New Orleans
  • Master of Science in Biology from the University of New Orleans
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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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Mitch Prewett
Social Studies 7 History

This is my 8th year in education and i have taught everything from kindergarten to 8th grade ELA, but Social Studies is my passion. In my free time I enjoy bike rides, basketball, golf, hiking and much more!

I teach to make a difference and give scholars the tools they need to be successful citizens.

Email: mprewett@tsas.org

Room: 315

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oklahoma State University
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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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Ashanti Williams
Science 8 Science

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. When I’m not being a super dork, I’m 2 seconds away from going on some random adventure. I enjoy spontaneous travel and if it’s a road trip, you can best believe my cat is in the car with me.

I teach because I enjoy watching my students learn and learning with them. Each day in the classroom is a learning experience for everyone and it is beautiful to see what we can learn.

Email: awilliams@tsas.org

Room: 305 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Arabic & Middle East Studies from Baylor University