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Nicole Alterici
Middle School Counselor Administration

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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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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Taylor Kilburn
High School Counselor Administration

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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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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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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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