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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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Jackie Brewer
Biology, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture Science

My first area study was art therapy, and I hope to become certified in horticultural therapy once I complete my graduate degree. My husband, Clay, and I live a 10-acre farm called ‘Blackberry Burro’ with 3 dogs, 5 donkeys, 1 goat, 8 beehives, and a multitude of birds (chickens, turkeys, ducks, and guineas). We currently reside in a 1973 Airstream as we continue to build our home. I was a horticulturist at the Tulsa Zoo prior to teaching at TSAS. My favorite quote is, “Breathe properly. Stay curious. And eat your beets” by Tom Robbins.

I teach to touch the future. I teach for laughter. I teach for curiosity. I teach for growth. I teach for love. I teach for leadership. I teach for well-being. I teach for knowledge.

Room: 215

Education Background:

  • Art Therapy from the College of Santa Fe
  • Bachelor of Science in Horticultural Science from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Education in Science Education from Northeastern State University (In progress)
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Cynthia Lance
High School Earth Science, Honors Chemistry, Global Health Issues Science

I have taught science for 30 years, including chemistry, physics, environmental science, and global issues in science. I enjoy quilting, reading, collecting a variety of science paraphernalia, visiting geologic sites, and spending time with my adult children and their families.

I teach because I love science and it allows me to pass on to others what I love.

Email: clance@tsas.org

Room: 218

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa
  • Master of English (TOEFL) from Oklahoma State University
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Mary Nicholson
Science 7, 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: 316 A

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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Suzan Ozkilic
Intro. to Computer Science, Computer Programming, Mobile App Development, AP Computer Science Principles Science

I am an MIT master trainer in mobile education and write computer lesson extensions for a company. I learned programming in 1996. First programs I’ve learned were Basic and Pascal. I love computers, mostly programming. I have two little daughters and a great husband who is also an educator.

I teach because I want to prepare young brains for the future’s technology world. I also want to inspire them as a computer scientist.

Email: sdalgic@tsas.org

Room: 207 A

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Electronics from Suleyman Demirel Universitesi
  • Computer Programming from Hacettepe University
  • Master of Science in Computer Science and Cyber Security from North American University
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Ashanti Williams
Science 8 Science

I keep up with all things nerdy and love to talk about them. I can probably talk your ear off about most video games, movies, comics, or TV shows. When I’m not being a super dork, I’m 2 seconds away from going on some random adventure. I enjoy spontaneous travel and if it’s a road trip, you can best believe my cat is in the car with me.

I teach because I enjoy watching my students learn and learning with them. Each day in the classroom is a learning experience for everyone and it is beautiful to see what we can learn.

Email: awilliams@tsas.org

Room: 305 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Arabic & Middle East Studies from Baylor University