Hi all! My name is Rebecca Alberty and I teach 8th grade US History. I graduated in May 2021 with a degree in psychology from OU and have experience with mental health work for all ages. Additionally, I have a passion for teaching history and showing children how history shapes our current events and even our day to day life. I aim to incorporate not only historical curriculum in my class, but also important life skills. A fun fact about me is that I have two cats. A calico cat named Peach, and a black cat named Pumpkin, who has three legs. They even have their own Instagram page! When I’m not obsessing over how cute they are, I’m usually hanging out with my friends or family, painting, or binging my newest Netflix favorites.
I teach because some of the most influential people in my life were teachers. I have a passion for working with kids and helping shape them into intelligent, kind, and empathetic adults.
- Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma
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!
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University
- Master of Science in School Counseling from Northeastern State University
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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Certificate in Education Studies from Yale University
I grew up in Kansas City, MO before going to college in Springfield, MO and Chicago, then landing here in Tulsa to teach- making myself a proud resident of the Plains and Midwest for my whole life. I have a black cat named Frog who I might be a little bit obsessed with even though I’m allergic to her. When I’m not telling everyone to look at how cute she is, I love watching all types TV and reading all types of books. I’m involved in the Ok, So Story Slam and have been a finalist in the Best Storyteller in Tulsa competition two years in a row.
I took the leap of faith in becoming a teacher straight out of college because I believe that it’s one of the most important jobs that a person can do. Having the opportunity to cultivate a love of learning in young people, to help them find their passions, and give them high fives and encouragement along the way is the best way that I can imagine spending seven hours of my day. Every child deserves the opportunity to see themselves as innovators, creators, and explorers and that’s what I’m here to do!
Room: 301 A
- Bachelor of Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago
I go by Felix. I’m passionate about nature, creativity, stewardship, permaculture, native species, xeriscaping, all the animals, insects, baking, nutrition, language, and other elements of life on Earth. I love people and get a lot of energy from working with youth. I have a partner & two elementary age children. I spend a fair amount of my spare time playing strategy board games, gardening, and camping.
I teach because I love watching the transformations of young people. They are the future. There is nothing more exciting to me than the questions, knowledge exchange, and personal discoveries that can take place in a classroom.
Room: 316 A
- Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Oklahoma
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.
- 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
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.
Room: 104 D
- Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University
Hi! I began teaching in the US Peace Corps in Estonia in 2000, and I’m delighted to teach at TSAS – here in Tulsa, where I was born and raised. My husband Matt and I have three children and a German Shepherd – “Bonnie the wonder dog”, and we love living just north of TSAS. I enjoy dancing, reading, practicing and teaching Pilates and learning about native Oklahoman plants and grasses. I do this work because of the students – middle schoolers are my fave. They are my best teachers.
Room: 301 B
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (minor in Women’s Studies) – University of Oklahoma
I’m a Brooklyn transplant via the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Growing up in Florida, I spent most of my days skateboarding, creating art, and b-ball’n. I met my incredible wife, Judy Arenas, during my fellowship term (I immediately knew she was the one). The most important advice I can give: if you can, grow a beard. Favorite childhood movies: The NeverEnding Story and White Men Can’t Jump. Greatest TV show: Gumby.
I teach to connect with a collective consciousness and share my passion for creativity. I hope that others can experience the same fulfillment that art has brought to my life.
- Master of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design
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.
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Room: 316 B
- Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University
- Master’s of Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
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.
- 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
I love the community here at TSAS and I am looking forward to learning more about this organization. I am a parent of two amazing teenagers and one fur baby. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, listening to music, watching tv, and arts and crafts.
Room: Main Office
- Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts
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.
Room: 112 D
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
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.
- 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
I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life, but that doesn’t mean I’ve seen it all. In fact, I feel like I am constantly learning about places I’ve never heard of in or facts I never knew about our state. I am a true nerd at heart. I am always ready for a discussion on a variety of fandoms and ready to learn about new ones! I am also a writer and musician. While on the outside it may seem like math, writing, and music might not work well together, that’s how it’s always been in my brain. I love surprising people with my variety of skills and showing them that you don’t have to limit yourself to one area.
I teach because I want to help students find their way through life and help them find what kind of person they want to be. I did not have much confidence growing up, and so I hope to show my students how they can be confident in themselves and in their skills. I also hope to begin to show my students all of the opportunities that lie ahead of them. The world is wide open to them and I want to make sure they are able to take full advantage of it!
- Master of Science in Mass Communications at Oklahoma State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Tulsa
- Bachelor of Science in Media Studies from the University of Tulsa
I have been in public schools in Tulsa my entire professional life. I first started teaching at East Central HS in 2008, then Clinton MS, and I joined TSAS in 2011 as an English teacher. In 2016, I started as the first middle school principal. This job is the supreme joy of my life. I love our school, our students, our families, and our teachers and staff deeply. In my spare time, I hang out with my wife Amanda and our two kids Adrian and David. I love soccer, food, Bright Eyes, crossword puzzles, riding my bike, making soup, TV, and relaxation.
I do the work I do because I draw strength and clarity from our students. I see all the answers for all of our problems in them and am filled with hope at their brilliance, senses of humor, and innate strength. I will be at TSAS for as long as they let me and I look forward to every twist and turn in the road as we wind our way toward self-actualization together.
- 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)
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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Oklahoma City University
- Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oklahoma City University
I was born in Fort de France, Martinique and was raised in Miami, FL by my mother. I absolutely love teaching kids. Teaching has been a passion of mine for the past 9years. I love to dance, sing, and have fun with my family. I am a wife to a beautiful man and a mother of 3 beautiful girls. I got into my first professional dance company at the age of 19 (Dallas Black Dance Theatre), I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to tour all of Europe while performing on the Independence Of The Seas with Royal Caribbean, and I was one of the top 20 dancers in the world on SYTYCD Season 7. My husband and I have a love for Pitbulls and I enjoy putting mustard on my pizza! I teach because it is my obligation to train up the next generation in physical and wellness awareness.
Room: 121 (Gymnasium)
- Associate of Arts in Dance, Broward College (Coconut Creek, FL)
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.
Room: 104 D
- Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from University of Louisville
- Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma
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.
Room: 305 A
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from John Brown University
I am McKenzie Park and I am the School Based Specialist here at TSAS! I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. I am a lover of animals and have three fur babies of my own, two dogs and one cat that are my pride and joy! I enjoy all things nature, whether that is collecting house plants or going on long hikes with my dogs. In my pass time I love doing anything creative around my house like sketching, creating decorations, and working in my flower beds. I look forward to working hand and hand with the TSAS faculty to create the best and most supportive environment for each student in this community.
I have always had a passion for working with children and have worked with all ages in many different settings. I believe that children are the future of this world and with the right tools in their toolbelt there is no limit to what they can do. I love watching children step into their potential and I am so excited to be part a team that supports each student in exploring their passions and developing their own unique identity.
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
I came to Tulsa when I was 9 years old from Colombia. I taught for three years in San Francisco as a Spanish bilingual 4/5th grade teacher while leading a modern band program at the school. I currently love doing street art, photography, traveling, exploring, learning, riding horses, and sk8boarding. Have a nice day.
Teaching is my humble attempt at tipping the scales of inequity. It’s up to this coming generation to put out the fire we started many years back before public education. As far as music, there is no better feeling in the world than playing music with friends. It’s truly a love language. I’m here to help kids find the magic in music while fomenting confidence, collaboration, creativity, empathy, and appreciation for the arts.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University
I’m just a guy lucky enough to work with the best team in the city! #TeamTSAS. I am a Tulsa native and a descendent of Black Wall Street/Greenwood. I married a Chicago girl and together we parent a very energetic Siberian husky.
I first started in education as an elementary educator, and later I had the honor of advising the Mayor of Tulsa on education issues as a member of his administration. But the opportunity to lead TSAS is an honor unlike any other that I’ve ever had. I know that the students that we have in our building today are the world-changers of tomorrow. Don’t believe me? Just watch!
- Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oral Roberts University
- Master of Science in Educational Leadership Studies from Oklahoma State University
When I’m not teaching, I like to watch documentaries on science, history, and true crime, play video games and Dungeons & Dragons, tinker with various creative projects, and spend time with my husband, our kiddo, and our two cats.
I teach because I love sharing my passion for science with my students. Seeing a kid have one of those “Eureka!” moments when they finally figure out a tough concept, or watching a kid start the year saying they don’t like science, but end the year saying it’s their favorite subject, are some of the best feelings in the world. I am grateful that I get to share even one molecule of that with them.
Room: 305 B
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix