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Daniel Sharples
Director of Community Development Administration


Joined: 2014

College: B.A. in Religious Studies, Minor in History –  University of Oklahoma; M.A. in Secondary Education (in progress) – University of Missouri- St. Louis

Why TSAS? When I imagined becoming a teacher and being part of a school, this place is what I pictured. The freedom of the teacher, the encouragement of curiosity, and the positive interactions between students and faculty match what I wanted to see happen. This place feels like home to me.

Interesting Fact: Sometimes when I am driving I catch myself singing Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” in the key of Michael McDonald. After that, I like reading books, listening to vinyl records, and watching / analyzing / writing about film and television. I dream about hiking and go occasionally. I love NY Times crossword puzzles.

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Liesa Smith Ph. D.
Lead Principal Administration

Joined: 2002, 2009

College: OSU – Ph. D. : Curriculum Studies; NSU – Masters Degree : School Administration; TCC – Associates Degree : Fine Art; TU – Bachelors Degree : English Education and Fine Art;

Why TSAS? I choose to work at TSAS because it is a learning community focused on the potential and achievement of each individual student.  The teachers at TSAS care about each student’s academic growth as well as their human journey.  On an almost daily basis I am amazed at how our relational environment is supportive and encouraging to both the students and the faculty.  Our school community is made up of people at every level of involvement that care deeply about intellectual pursuits, creativity, innovation and humanity.There’s no place like TSAS and I am honored to work here.  

Interesting Fact:  I am super proud that all four of my children graduated from TSAS. I love books, writing, cooking  – and I wish I had more time to explore artistic pursuits and garden, because I really enjoy those too. I think that good conversations, time with family and friends, coffee (and dogs) bring beauty to the mess of life.
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Ellen Stackable
AP English Literature, Ex Cineribus (TSAS’s literary journal) English

Joined: 2001

College: B.S.E. from the University of Nebraska in English and German Graduate work at the University of Oklahoma

Why TSAS? In the summer of 2001, I came to an informational meeting before the school ever began. I had a son who was going into ninth grade and I was interested in TSAS. After hearing about the school, I was convinced that my son should go there and I wanted to teach there as well. All three of my children ended up going to TSAS and graduating, and I have had the privilege of teaching here since it began. I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be.

Interesting Fact: I love baking bread, doing crosswords, hiking, biking, and rock climbing. My favorite place to grade papers is at Doubleshot Coffee, sitting at a big table with my colleagues from TSAS. I have been married 28 years and have three wonderful children and one lovely daughter-in-law. A few of my favorite authors: John Donne, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Elizabeth Goudge.

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Jesse Stallings
Librarian and College Counseling Administration

Joined: 2007

College: Rogers State University – BA Liberal Arts, and The University of Oklahoma – MA Library & Information Studies

Why TSAS? Choice! Not only do our students choose to attend TSAS, but teachers are afforded the opportunity to make the best decisions for their students’ education. This, coupled with an insightful and supportive group of colleagues who are dedicated to developing themselves and their peers, makes for a community enriching like no other.

Interesting Fact: I like to make robots that can draw.