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Shannon Barry
English 6, 6th Grade Team Leader History

I grew up in Kansas City, MO before going to college in Chicago, then landed here in Tulsa to teach- making myself a proud resident of the Plains and Midwest for my whole life. I have two cats named Frog and Noodle that I love as if they were my own children. When I’m not talking about/showing everyone pictures of my cats, I love watching all types of terrible reality TV and reading all types of books.

Email: sbarry@tsas.org

Room: 305 A

Educational Background:

  • I studied secondary education and English at Drury University for two years before moving to Chicago to concentrate my studies in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago where I earned my Bachelor’s degree.
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Felix Blesch
Science 7, Science Department Chair Science

I was born and raised in Tulsa and I’m passionate about the importance of public schools to the well-being of society. Some of my favorite things are books, art, gardening, camping, baking, languages, this Earth we live on, and all the living things we share it with. I have a partner & two children of my own. I spend a fair amount of my time playing board games, video games, and volleyball.

I teach because I love watching the transformations of young people. I teach science because I can’t think of anything more important than working to understand how the world functions. Doing science is all about learning, practicing, and applying critical thinking skills to whatever a person wants to understand better. There is nothing more exciting to me than the questions, knowledge exchange, and personal discoveries that can take place in science class!

Email: fblesch@tsas.org

Room: 316 A

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Oklahoma

 

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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

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University

 

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Christina Byrne
Social Studies 6 History

Hi! I began teaching in the US Peace Corps in Estonia in 2000, and I’m delighted to teach at TSAS – here in Tulsa, where I was born and raised. My husband Matt and I have three children and a German Shepherd – “Bonnie the wonder dog”, and we love living just north of TSAS. I enjoy dancing, reading, practicing and teaching Pilates and learning about native Oklahoman plants and grasses. I do this work because of the students – middle schoolers are my fave. They are my best teachers.

Email: cbyrne@tsas.org

Room: 303

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (minor in Women’s Studies) – University of Oklahoma