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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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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)