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Daniel Sharples
Director of Community Development Administration

I’ve lived in Tulsa most of my life and I recently bought a home with my wife. We love traveling, hanging around downtown Tulsa, and now we go to Home Depot all the time. I also love reading, movies, crosswords, and basketball.

I’m excited to teach a class once again and I’m grateful for the chance to watch quality films with students and discuss them! I love our community at TSAS. Our students, teachers, administration, and parents help to create a close-knit and thoughtful space for intellectual and social engagement.

I also do this work because my job allows me to see all the working parts of our school, and what I see on a daily basis inspires me 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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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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Suzanna Smith
Visual Arts 6 Fine Arts

As a member of the TSAS family I believe that what we are doing at this school is incredible. Being an alumni I was able to experience TSAS from a different perspective when I attended this school. Although teachers have moved on and new faces have begun teaching over the years, even though buildings have changed from one to the next, TSAS as a whole has the same energy, the same heart and the same goal; to put students first. Every single staff member goes above and beyond to encourage a safe and positive environment for students to truly stretch out and explore their own identities and to really harbor a desire to learn and apply this knowledge in their daily lives. No matter who you are, you are welcomed and appreciated at TSAS. Our staff members are the face of this school. They continually put the needs of each individual student first and continually push them towards a better future. I am proud to be apart of the TSAS family.

I teach because I myself love learning, when you teach others they will continually teach you back. Being a part of a community that values the growth of not only students, but themselves as teachers as well, is why I love to teach at TSAS. It’s wonderful knowing that I can make a direct impact and help widen the horizon for so many minds, that I can encourage growth and creativity just like my students and fellow teachers do for me. Knowledge is a shared cycle and I am happy to be a part of that in whatever capacity possible.

Email: ssmith@tsas.org

Class Website: CLICK HERE

Room: 109 A

Education Background: Fine Arts and Anthropology from Fort Lewis College

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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