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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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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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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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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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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.