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Ademola Adeyemi
Algebra 1, Head of House – College and Career Math

I am blessed with the most beautiful woman on the face of this planet, Abisola (Abby), the wife of my youth (over 12 years), and because of her, we have the 3 most gorgeous, smart, and intelligent children in the world; Simi (10), David (6), and Esther (2). I recently ran and completed my very first half-marathon (13.1 miles). I used to be so scared of dogs, but I found out just recently I do NOT have that fear anymore. I saw a Coyote head-on during one of my practice runs, and it kept coming close to me and my friend, but noticing we didn’t flinch, it found an escape route through a fence and ran away!

I teach because it goes back to the saying, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Our future generation of leaders deserve the very best of quality education and am grateful TSAS gives me an opportunity to do my part in making this a reality.

Email: aadeyemi@tsas.org

Room: 207 B

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma
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Rebecca Alberty
US History 8 History

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.

Email: ralberty@tsas.org

Room: 303

Education Background:

  • Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma
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Nicole Alterici
Middle School Counselor Support

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 7 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: 315

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Certificate in Education Studies from Yale University
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Shannon Barry
Social Studies 6 Social Studies

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!

Email: sbarry@tsas.org

Room: 301 A

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago
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Felix Blesch
Science 7 Science

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.

Email: fblesch@tsas.org

Room: 316 A

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Oklahoma

 

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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 Coordinator 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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Cheyenne Butcher
Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, 6th Grade Art, Head of House – Fine Arts Fine Arts

I enjoy traveling, specifically road trips. I’ve been to 34 of the 50 states but I haven’t traveled abroad, yet! I live in a skoolie with my partner Blake, our cat Frank, our pup Mammoth and our hens.

I teach because Photography allows people to have a voice and express their thoughts, feelings and perspectives in a visual way that fuses Art and Science. It documents time, stories, and opens the door to witness other voices. I teach because I want our students to see that potential and their voices to be heard.

Email: cbutcher@tsas.org

Website: TSAS Photography Department

Room: 109

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado

 

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Norvella Carr
Head of Facilities and Maintenance, Site Engineer Support

Ms. Norvella has worked for public schools in Tulsa for decades. She managed the Roosevelt building through many changes and welcomed TSAS in 2016. Currently, she works daily to make sure TSAS is ready and safe for student learning. In addition to her work at TSAS, Ms. Norvella is a popular and loving mother and grandmother. She also loves to bake, and makes the best sweet potato pie around.

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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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Rogelio Contreras
Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL), Modern Languages Department Chair, Head of House – Liberal Arts Modern Languages

My name is Rogelio Contreras, but I go by Profe. at TSAS. My wife Diane and I have two beautiful children, Isabela and Joaquín. I have been teaching Spanish and American Sign Language at TSAS for 5 years. I love watching college football, dancing salsa, playing golf (recent hobby), reading, politics, traveling, trying new recipes, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family and friends.

I teach because being part of a profession that helps young people become critical thinkers, productive members in the world, improve their quality of life, and help open up opportunities for them is a job that I am proud to do and be a part of. I teach, but also learn how to become a better teacher and person everyday from my students and colleagues.

Email: rcontreras@tsas.org

Room: 205

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Masters of Science Deaf Education from Lamar University
  • Postrado Readaptación Deportiva from La Universidad de Barcelona
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Maria Covington
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@tsas.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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Catherine Denton
Director of Processes and Systems Administration

I love to read, create and talk. I have a fun, caring husband and three incredible kids who all attend TU. Communication and connection are important to me. Life has altered my previous beliefs, but I’m still a believer in laughter and kindness!

I work with our kids, because I love, in equal parts, connecting with people and making things run more efficiently.

Email: cdenton@tsas.org

Room: Main Office

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwest Baptist University
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Jeffery Donaldson
English 12, AP Literature English

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!” Include everyone, exclude no one. I have been devoted to my partner in life for over 30 years, the last 20 of those in our little home on the river bend near downtown Tulsa.

My passion for teaching is deeply connected to helping students become better global citizens, equipped with the essential critical thinking tools needed to imagine and pursue their future with greater confidence.

Email: jdonaldson@tsas.org

Room: 112 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oral Roberts 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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Ashanti Dumas
MS Receptionist Office Staff

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.

Email: adumas@tsas.org

Room: Main Office

Education Background

  • Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts
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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
Dean of Students Administration

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: 112 D

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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Marilyn Gates
Drama 1, Drama 2, Musical Theatre Fine Arts

I’m an avid fan of mysteries, most bodies of water, writing and almost any animal, especially my dog, Tank.

Teaching and learning with our youth is the most rewarding journey I can imagine. It enables me to feel like I’m contributing to our future in a positive way by teaching and encouraging students in all of their individual endeavors. Exploring the art of acting is a never ending process and the tools necessary are equally infinite. Humanity must be studied and this art makes all dreams possible. Sharing this craft with our students gives me the opportunity to keep these possibilities alive and participate in any imaginable circumstance.

Email: mgates@tsas.org

Room: 128

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Bedford University
  • American Theatre Conservatory
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Kali Gonzales
MS Math Math

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!

Class Website

Email: kgonzales@tsas.org

Room: 304

Educational Background:

  • 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
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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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Jeron Harbert
Facilities and Maintenance Support

Jay has been part of TSAS for many years at two different buildings. In that time, he has become a vital, cherished member of the TSAS staff and is one of the most popular figures in the TSAS halls among students and teachers. His constant hard work and care to ensure TSAS is safe and ready for students to learn has been a constant support and crucial part of TSAS culture for so long. We could not imagine our school without Jay!

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Stephanie Heiliger
Algebra 2, Design Algebra 2, and Trigonometry Math

I am married and I have two wonderful children, and I love God and my church. In my down time, I enjoy reading, puzzles, crocheting, and time at the lake.

There are many reasons why I choose to teach mathematics, but one of them is that it is something that I enjoy. I continue teaching mathematics because it is fun to teach, I am good at what I do (although I can always improve!), I believe that learning mathematics can play a vital role in students’ education, and for the many lessons mathematics teach us besides just the math. It is not always fun (for some) and not always easy. Mathematics takes perseverance, hard-work, and critical thinking. These are important lessons for everyone to learn.

Email: sheiliger@tsas.org

Room: 207 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
  • Master of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Oklahoma State University
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Wes Hill
Government, Oklahoma History, US History, History Department Chair History

I am from OKC and love the Thunder and watching NBA games. My wife Lindsay and I enjoy drinking coffee at home and the local shops in town, as well as, working on our fixer upper.

I teach because I want the world to be a better for everyone and while our society loves to teach people what to think, it rarely teaches them how to think. At TSAS we are passionate about releasing thoughtful humans, into the world, capable of critical thinking and thus able to create a world that is a better place for all people.

Email: whill@tsas.org

Room: 114

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Government from Oral Roberts University
  • Master of Arts in Education from Oral Roberts University
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Angela Hudson
Critical Writing, AP English Language and Composition, Podcasting, Food and Culture English

I am slightly claustrophobic, love Indian food, and really enjoy reading books and talking about them with other people, which sometimes annoys my students.

I teach because I grew up in a very small town with limited experiences. While I started college right out of high school, I didn’t finish with a degree until I was an adult with three children. During my education as an adult, I came to understand the classroom as a place of discovery and empowerment, far different than I had experienced in my childhood. I teach to share that same empowerment with young people.

Email: ahudson@tsas.org

Room: 112 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University
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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
Chemistry and Environmental Science Science

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: 218

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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Brittney James
Special Education Instructional Support Support

My name is Brittney James. I teach Special Education. Teaching gives me joy. I love being around my family, we have Sunday dinners each month. Last summer, I was introduced to the world of baking! I travel with my husband and we try to experience different cultures and traditions wherever we go. We are expecting our first bundle of joy in September, Titus James.

I do the work that I do because I have realized that everyone is capable of learning. Some student’s learn different than others. It encourages me when a student masters a goal or no longer needs extensive services through IEP services. The reason I teach, is because as a teacher I am able to be apart of a village that helps mold a child into a successful adult.

Email: bjames@tsas.org

Room: 104F

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Sciences Oklahoma State University (Go POKES!)

 

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Fallon Jazz
Design Geometry and Algebra II Math

My name is Fallon Jazz and I live in Owen Park with my wonderful husband Wyatt, my dog Luna, and my cat Sugar. I love all things creative and all things nature! I spend most of my time working in my yard, at the dog park, or thrifting. My preferred form of self-expression is music and both my husband and I write or jam in our free time. We hope to have a children’s album completed in the next few months and another album soon after that!

I teach because it immediately shapes the culture around me. Getting to work with students is a transformative experience for both the students and myself. I teach to bridge the gap between creative expression and systemic, formulaic education practices. I want my students to keep their imaginations alive as long as they exist, and I believe I am a better person because I get to facilitate learning in this way.

Email: fjazz@tsas.org

Room: 206

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Oral Roberts University
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Korie Johnson
English 10 (Critical Reading & English Literature), Culture & Identity, and Film as Literature, English Department Chair English

I’m a 5th Generation Oklahoman who moved to Colorado the summer before 8th grade, I consider both to be home. I moved to Tulsa three years ago and love working at TSAS. In middle school, I lived to beat a girl named Danielle (who obvs had it all) for first chair clarinet. I rarely won. Even though I held down 2nd chair, I wasn’t allowed to march with my clarinet crew because I couldn’t keep in step with the rest, but I could be found holding the flag in the front. In 9th grade I rode in the back of a golden El Camino through the desert to find a secret punk rock show. That was all a long time ago, and now I mostly chill with my family–husband and two children, plus our dog. I like to read books/stories, watch TV/movies, read the news, and make things. I can get weirdly competitive when I play board games. I like grape flavor, Central Asian/Middle Eastern food, Tajin, Chamoy, & popcorn. Music is great too.

Learning about things I’ve never even imagined is one of my top top favorite things about life. Learning more about things I already know gives me hope. Sharing stories and hearing stories — making those human connections – reassures my faith. Working with students, especially in a school with talented, inspiring, and hilarious faculty and staff, restores my spirit daily. My students surprise me, teach me, and make me better. Teaching demands that I take risks constantly and that I stay vulnerable. Those are hard but necessary things.

When I think about those special teachers that loved me when I was unlovable, pushed me to think past my emotions or uninformed opinions, guided me to discover new ideas, saw something in me that I couldn’t see, showed me a kind of patience that I had not earned from them, and helped me on my way, I wonder if there is really any way to properly thank them. How could I ever show my true appreciation for the sacrifices they made for me? The only thing I’ve come up with is to do for someone else what they did for me.

Email: kjohnson@tsas.org

Room: 113 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Mesa State College
  • Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming
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Joni Jones
Encumbrance Clerk Office Staff

These are a few of my favorite things: vintage shopping, tennis, coffee, travel, cooking and poetry (David Whyte)

I do this work because I love being a part of this wonderful community that cultivates a culture of appreciation, care and expansive learning. I am honored to be apart of TSAS.

Email: finance@tsas.org

Room: 104 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oral Roberts University
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Aubree Karner
Art Foundations, Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Painting 1, Figure Drawing, Fine Arts Department Head Fine Arts

I live in Broken Arrow with my husband and two dogs. I teach part time and work part time as a professional artist. I also have a dog sitting business through Rover.com. If I’m not at home or school, you can usually find me at the gym, Crossfit BA, where I go almost every day. I have 6 favorite things: my husband, dogs, art, Dr. Pepper, naps, and chocolate!

I teach because Art is my passion, and I love to be able to help others discover how awesome and fun it is!

Email: akarner@tsas.org

Room: 102

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas
  • Master of Science in Museum Science and Management from the University of Arkansas
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Taylor Kilburn
High School Counselor Support

I am a 4th generation Tulsan and 3rd generation OSU Alum. I love being outside, every dog that’s ever lived, candy & The Office. I am married to a TSAS alumnus (class of 2004) and together we are raising a future TSAS grad (Class of 2030) who we think is pretty great. I enjoy reading, politics and a strong cup of tea.

I work with our kids because I believe the strength and beauty of the future exists in our young people and it is an extreme honor to get to walk alongside teenagers as they move through high school. I love being part of a community that honors students autonomy & humanity first and helps them build resilience in an ever changing world.

Email: tkilburn@tsas.org

Room: 204

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from The University of Oklahoma
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Jennifer Lamkin
US History, Women and Gender Studies History

After spending two years reading, thinking, and growing in OSU’s Curriculum and Leadership Master’s program, I am eager to return to the classroom doing what I love. In my free time, I love to travel to new states and countries, dragging my husband and two teen daughters to museums and historical sites, rain or shine. While home, I continue to learn more and more about Tulsa, having lived here for seven years now. I hope to draw upon this rich history and our amazing community in order to help my students feel more connected to themselves and their place in this world.

I discovered early on that I would teach as play. My siblings and I played school regularly, nurturing a love of learning. I would like to inspire my students to develop a love of learning and to grow into knowledgeable, civic-minded, justice-oriented, members of their society. Just as an artist is compelled to create art, I am drawn to teach. I teach to engage with knowledge and people. I teach to offer a service to my community, and I teach in order to remain a student for life.

Email: jlamkin@tsas.org

Room: 114

Educational Background:

  • Masters in Curriculum and Leadership, Oklahoma State University
  • Doctorate in Law, Indiana University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Indiana University
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Adriana Lopez
Director of Student Information Systems Office Staff

I’m the mother of 2 beautiful girls (16 and 1) and I’m the first one in my family to get a college degree, and I’m the only female out of 6 siblings. I love the outdoors, but my favorite place to visit is the ocean. This is my 10th year at TSAS, and I love the environment of our school, the teachers and students are one of a kind.

I work with our kids because the best part of my job is seeing the students evolve into young adults!

Email: alopez@tsas.org

Room: 104 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies from Northeastern State University
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Amber Maner
Science 8, MS Robotics Science

I am a huge shark fan and originally pursued marine biology before discovering my passion for education. I have two dogs (Samson & Meeka) that I absolutely adore that make my days brighter for just existing. I love reading, I’m a big Spotify stan, and I like watching basketball & hockey whenever I can. I advocate for mental health wellness, and I have a heart for people at all stages. If you have any questions about sharks or my dogs, or any song suggestions, feel free to swing by my classroom!

I do the work I do because I am passionate about equipping upcoming leaders with the necessary information needed to make informed decisions. I do the work I do because I learn just as much, if not more, from the way young adults view the world as I do from elders. I do the work I do because it requires critical, creative thinking and everyday is a new challenge to work towards. I teach because I learn. In my community, it is important to pass on learned knowledge to the next generation of leaders, and the way we interact with our human and nonhuman relatives in the natural world forms the basis for science inquiry.

Email: amaner@tsas.org

Room: 305 B

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s in Organismic Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from Northeastern State University
  • M.Ed. Science Education (in progress)
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Ellen McCoy Ph. D.
Executive Director Administration

I spend more time than I’d like to admit wishing I had a chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk. I grew up next door to my best friend. She, my two younger brothers, and I had a club, and we raised money for our infamous pizza parties by charging our neighbors admission to attend plays we produced. I think college was a much better phase of life than high school. I made great friends in the calling room working my part time job as a DePauw Phonathon caller. In college and high school, I also worked as a nanny, writing tutor, and JC Penny sales associate. I live 561 miles away from my parents, and I wish I could put my hometown and Tulsa in the same place. I collect pocketknives, tea cups, quotes, and Wendell Berry books. I’m happily married to a fellow who makes my heart go pitter-patter, and we share our home with a fine canine friend named Pervus. I love to travel, read, take walks, and listen to killer beats. I never say “no” to a Coke, a cuppa tea, a shoe sale, or an ice cream. I hate house cleaning, but I sure love the way it looks when it’s done. I’m afraid of shots, dental work, snakes, and tests.

I work with our kids and teachers because I am called to public service. I believe in the power of public education to change both the lives of individuals and the world we live in. As an administrator, I believe my job is to set the conditions for teachers to work their magic by removing barriers and enabling them to build bridges to resources, best theories, and other experts.

Email: emccoy@tsas.org

Room: 104 C

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from DePauw University
  • Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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DeVon Mohn
HS Receptionist Office Staff

I am married with 6 children, 5 of which have graduated High School from TSAS. I enjoy cooking, gardening, knitting, journaling, reading and learning new things. I am grateful to be apart of the amazing community that is TSAS.

I do the work I do because I love it. I enjoy being in the role of facilitating help to/for others.

Email: dmohn@tsas.org

Room: Main Office

 

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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, 8th Grade Team Leader 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
Biology, 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: 215

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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Steven Okapal
Conceptual and Engineering physics, AP Physics, Astronomy, Philosophy, Head of House – STEM Science

I’m a Catholic raised Ohio boy taught to work for justice anywhere I see injustice. I know that while our souls and hearts must be our guide, we must hone our minds to make those dreams a reality. Oh, and I’m an Aquarius with my Pisces is in Venus, and I’ve been told that explains everything you need to know about me.

I teach because, to build a better world, we need critical thinking skills and scientific understanding helps reinforce those. Those that stand in the gap find it is not only lonely, but necessary. Since I find myself bridging LOTS of sections of existence, teaching science to the upcoming generation fits well in the effort to create a better world.

Email: sokapal@tsas.org

Room: 214

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University
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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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Morgan Reeves
English 9 English

I was born in Germany, but for the most part grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia. I had the opportunity to teach in Namibia for a couple of years with the Peace Corps, which was truly life changing. I love traveling and hope to make it to as many countries as I can. In my free time you can find me reading/writing, watching tv, or researching random facts.

I teach because kids are simply the best! They inspire me daily to do better and be better. Also, I get to encourage, support, and collaborate with the future leaders of our world.

Email: mreeves@tsas.org

Room: 115

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Family Science from the University of Maryland
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Daniel Sharples
Director of Community Development Administration

I’ve lived in Tulsa most of my life but I love to travel as much as I can. I also enjoy reading, watching/talking/writing about television and films, doing crossword puzzles, playing basketball, and walking with my dog (Puddy). My wife and I live near downtown Tulsa so you can frequently find us dining or wandering around there.

TSAS is a weird and wonderful place to work and I think it is doing something remarkable in education. It’s humane, it’s innovative, and it’s providing a space for personal growth (for all the stakeholders involved). My position allows me to see all the working parts of our school’s past, present, and future, and what I witness on a daily basis makes me so deeply grateful to be part of the process and to make it even better.

Email: dsharples@tsas.org

Room: 111 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and History from the University of Oklahoma
  • Graduate coursework at University of St. Louis Missouri
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Sky Slater
Math 6 Math

I teach because I enjoy it. I enjoy fostering and guiding someone to that point of discovery because I find it beautiful and expansive for them and myself. I believe that we are all in a kind of student/teacher cycle throughout our entire lives and I wish to embrace that interdependence.

It is curious to me how I can look to the night sky in wonder, and marvel at how well physics has described that celestial dance and our inseparable place in it, yet I feel that often when many of us look upon ourselves, that wonder is no longer present. I want to live a life that encourages that sense of wonder in the individual as well as the whole.

Email: sslater@tsas.org

Room: 311

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University
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Liesa Smith Ph. D.
Lead Principal Administration

Though I was born far away in California, I am proud to be an Oklahoman who has lived for 4 decades in Tulsa. I have invested more than 20 years as a career educator and am grateful for the ways I have been transformed by my years at TSAS, and that my four children had the privilege of graduating from TSAS as well. I love learning and spend as much time as I can reading books, writing, practicing artistic pursuits, cooking, and enjoying nature. I think that good conversations, time with family and friends, coffee, and dogs bring beauty to the mess of life.

I am honored to be a school leader at TSAS because it is a learning community focused on the human experience of teaching and learning. It is a school concerned about the whole person and committed to nurturing the potential and growth of each individual student. The teachers at TSAS care about each student’s academic achievement as well as their human journey. On an almost daily basis I am awed by our relational environment and the ways it supports and encourages both students and the faculty. Our school community is made up of people who care deeply about intellectual pursuits, creativity, innovation and humanity.There’s no place like TSAS and I am honored to contribute to this special school.

Email: lsmith@tsas.org

Room: 201

Education Background:

  • Associate of Arts in Fine Art from Tulsa Junior College
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Fine Art & Education from the University of Tulsa
  • Masters of Education in School Administration from Northeastern State university
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Oklahoma State University
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Jesse Stallings
Librarian and College Counseling Administration

I started at TSAS in 2006 as a substitute barely three years older than my students. I was hired full-time the next year, teaching World Lit, Brit Lit, The Graphic Novel, YA Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Nonfiction, Mythology, AP Lang, and Computers I and II over the next ten years. Seeing a need to better serve our graduates, I created the College & Career Counselor position; then, seeing a further need, I began building our library. When I’m not at TSAS I’m working on my house, building drawing machines, knitting/crocheting, reading, or designing CNC projects.

I do this work because I believe that access to information is an essential right, and that nurturing the wisdom to use that information can bring about self-emancipation. Getting the right books into the hands of a curious student—or the right tools into the hands of a student with an idea—is all I want to do in this world.

Email: jstallings@tsas.org

Room: Collegiate Commons

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Rogers State University
  • Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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Hector Torres
Instrumental Music Fine Arts

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.

Email: htorres@tsas.org

Room: 123

Education Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University
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Colton Tucker
Director of Special Education Services Administration

My wife and I have one senior cat (G’ma Kitty) and many more critters planned to join us. I’m definitely a serial hobbyist but have a particular affinity for music and sustainable, organic gardening/farming. We look forward to expanding our little homestead and have many dreams we are putting to action. Just a heads up, I’ve never been particularly good at light conversation. 

I believe that education done right is liberating and it’s with that notion I embarked on this journey. There is no discipline that is more true than in special education. At TSAS, it is my dream -our collective dream- to build the most inclusive special education programming in the state of Oklahoma and for that to be a model to all others. That’s the labor I’m set out to do and that’s why I continue this work.

Email: ctucker@tsas.org

Room: 104 E

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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John Turner
World History and U.S. History History

I am an avid movie watcher, book reader, and dog lover. I have a Corgi named Molly, who I love very much. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new places.

I am an educator because I myself have a passion for learning. Everyday in the classroom my students provide me with a different perspective on any given topic. I believe that knowledge grants power and if I can give that to my students I have done my job; not only as a teacher but as a fellow human. Fortuna Eruditis Favet!

Email: jturner@tsas.org

Class Website: CLICK HERE

Room: 113 B

Education Background:

  • Master’s in American Studies from Northeastern State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa
  • Certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Tulsa