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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mitch Prewett
US History 8 History

This is my 8th year in education and i have taught everything from kindergarten to 8th grade ELA, but Social Studies is my passion. In my free time I enjoy bike rides, basketball, golf, hiking and much more!

I teach to make a difference and give scholars the tools they need to be successful citizens.

Email: mprewett@tsas.org

Room: 303

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oklahoma State University
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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