Hi all! My name is Rebecca Alberty and I teach 8th grade US History. I graduated in May 2021 with a degree in psychology from OU and have experience with mental health work for all ages. Additionally, I have a passion for teaching history and showing children how history shapes our current events and even our day to day life. I aim to incorporate not only historical curriculum in my class, but also important life skills. A fun fact about me is that I have two cats. A calico cat named Peach, and a black cat named Pumpkin, who has three legs. They even have their own Instagram page! When I’m not obsessing over how cute they are, I’m usually hanging out with my friends or family, painting, or binging my newest Netflix favorites.
I teach because some of the most influential people in my life were teachers. I have a passion for working with kids and helping shape them into intelligent, kind, and empathetic adults.
- Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma
I’m Ashley Allen-White and I teach 9th grade Algebra I. I live with my wife and many cats, dogs, and reptiles. We enjoy attending community events, supporting local youth, playing board games, doing puzzles, and going to surrounding states to camp, hike, fish, ski, and enjoy the outdoors.
As an educator, I take pride in serving my community by helping students re-examine their relationship with mathematics, unlocking potential in themselves they may not have seen before. I use my passion for teaching math to inspire students of all ages to work towards goals they have for themselves with confidence in their math skills along the way. I encourage students to develop tangible structures and models of reasoning that help them relate their mathematical understanding to various situations, both personally and globally.
Room: 209 B
- Master of Mathematics Education from the University of Oklahoma
- Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oklahoma
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!
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University
- Master of Science in School Counseling from Northeastern State University
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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Certificate in Education Studies from Yale University
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!
Room: 301 A
- Bachelor of Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago
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.
Room: 316 A
- Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Oklahoma
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.
- 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
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.
Room: 104 D
- Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University
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.
Website: TSAS Photography Department
- Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado
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.
Room: 301 B
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (minor in Women’s Studies) – University of Oklahoma
I’m a Brooklyn transplant via the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Growing up in Florida, I spent most of my days skateboarding, creating art, and b-ball’n. I met my incredible wife, Judy Arenas, during my fellowship term (I immediately knew she was the one). The most important advice I can give: if you can, grow a beard. Favorite childhood movies: The NeverEnding Story and White Men Can’t Jump. Greatest TV show: Gumby.
I teach to connect with a collective consciousness and share my passion for creativity. I hope that others can experience the same fulfillment that art has brought to my life.
- Master of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design
Ms. Norvella has worked for public schools in Tulsa for decades. She managed the Roosevelt building through many changes and welcomed TSAS in 2016. Currently, she works daily to make sure TSAS is ready and safe for student learning. In addition to her work at TSAS, Ms. Norvella is a popular and loving mother and grandmother. She also loves to bake, and makes the best sweet potato pie around.
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.
Class Website: CLICK HERE
Room: 316 B
- Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University
- Master’s of Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
My name is Rogelio Contreras, but I go by Profe. at TSAS. My wife Diane and I have two beautiful children, Isabela and Joaquín. I have been teaching Spanish and American Sign Language at TSAS for 5 years. I love watching college football, dancing salsa, playing golf (recent hobby), reading, politics, traveling, trying new recipes, learning about different cultures, and spending time with family and friends.
I teach because being part of a profession that helps young people become critical thinkers, productive members in the world, improve their quality of life, and help open up opportunities for them is a job that I am proud to do and be a part of. I teach, but also learn how to become a better teacher and person everyday from my students and colleagues.
- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Brownsville
- Masters of Science Deaf Education from Lamar University
- Postrado Readaptación Deportiva from La Universidad de Barcelona
Hiya! My full name is Mina Flores Daneshvar and I’m originally from Southern California (San Bernardino/Redlands). I moved to Tulsa to attend the University of Tulsa to study petroleum engineering and fell in love with the city so much I haven’t wanted to leave! But I’ll always root for my LA teams above all else. My cat Jian (Gigi) is the fuzziest little floof who loves cuddles, especially when I’m in the middle of playing video games. I’m a big ol’ nerd who loves to learn as much as I can about anything I can.
I teach because education and access to knowledge is freeing so should be as accessible as possible. And to show how math isn’t scary and describes all of existence.
- Petroleum Geoscience Engineering B.S.E – The University of Tulsa
- Petroleum Engineering M.E. – The University of Tulsa
I was fortunate to have all three of my children attend TSAS. I’ve been told I laugh easily, especially at my husband’s jokes. I’m a curious person, so I read a lot and crave learning. I enjoy creative activities like coloring, doodling, and crafting with a variety of mediums. I’m also slightly obsessed with personal growth and personality quizzes.
The students of TSAS teach me so much. They are resilient, fun and incredibly innovative. I love keeping our TSAS systems running smoothly so everything is clear and simple.
Room: Main Office
- Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwest Baptist University
My teaching career began in China in 1987. Three years later, at the American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, I adopted my life’s motto: “I want to dance with the whole world!” Include everyone, exclude no one. I have been devoted to my partner in life for over 30 years, the last 20 of those in our little home on the river bend near downtown Tulsa.
My passion for teaching is deeply connected to helping students become better global citizens, equipped with the essential critical thinking tools needed to imagine and pursue their future with greater confidence.
Room: 112 B
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oral Roberts University
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.
- 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
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.
Room: Main Office
- Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts
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.
Room: 112 D
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
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.
- 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
I’m an avid fan of mysteries, most bodies of water, writing and almost any animal, especially my dog, Tank.
Teaching and learning with our youth is the most rewarding journey I can imagine. It enables me to feel like I’m contributing to our future in a positive way by teaching and encouraging students in all of their individual endeavors. Exploring the art of acting is a never ending process and the tools necessary are equally infinite. Humanity must be studied and this art makes all dreams possible. Sharing this craft with our students gives me the opportunity to keep these possibilities alive and participate in any imaginable circumstance.
- Bachelor of Arts from Bedford University
- American Theatre Conservatory
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!
- 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
I have been in public schools in Tulsa my entire professional life. I first started teaching at East Central HS in 2008, then Clinton MS, and I joined TSAS in 2011 as an English teacher. In 2016, I started as the first middle school principal. This job is the supreme joy of my life. I love our school, our students, our families, and our teachers and staff deeply. In my spare time, I hang out with my wife Amanda and our two kids Adrian and David. I love soccer, food, Bright Eyes, crossword puzzles, riding my bike, making soup, TV, and relaxation.
I do the work I do because I draw strength and clarity from our students. I see all the answers for all of our problems in them and am filled with hope at their brilliance, senses of humor, and innate strength. I will be at TSAS for as long as they let me and I look forward to every twist and turn in the road as we wind our way toward self-actualization together.
- 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)
Jay has been part of TSAS for many years at two different buildings. In that time, he has become a vital, cherished member of the TSAS staff and is one of the most popular figures in the TSAS halls among students and teachers. His constant hard work and care to ensure TSAS is safe and ready for students to learn has been a constant support and crucial part of TSAS culture for so long. We could not imagine our school without Jay!
I am from OKC and love the Thunder and watching NBA games. My wife Lindsay and I enjoy drinking coffee at home and the local shops in town, as well as, working on our fixer upper.
I teach because I want the world to be a better for everyone and while our society loves to teach people what to think, it rarely teaches them how to think. At TSAS we are passionate about releasing thoughtful humans, into the world, capable of critical thinking and thus able to create a world that is a better place for all people.
- Bachelor of Science in Government from Oral Roberts University
- Master of Arts in Education from Oral Roberts University
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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Oklahoma City University
- Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oklahoma City University
When I am not teaching, I am learning! My favorite thing to do is learn a new hobby or about something new. I love reading, hiking, rowing, board games, baking and cooking something new. Also, I have a dog named Brie who loves to explore- so taking her on a hike is definitely my favorite hobby!
I teach because I want to show students how fun science can be! Teaching allows me to encourage students on their science learning journey and support them as they gain interest and knowledge in the wonderful world of STEM. I strive to have a classroom that students feel empowered to ask as many questions as they want and dive into whatever facet of science intrigues them the most. I was lucky enough to have teachers that fostered my passion for STEM and I’m here to do the same for my students!
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Water Resources) from Oklahoma State University
- Master of Science in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth
I was born in Fort de France, Martinique and was raised in Miami, FL by my mother. I absolutely love teaching kids. Teaching has been a passion of mine for the past 9years. I love to dance, sing, and have fun with my family. I am a wife to a beautiful man and a mother of 3 beautiful girls. I got into my first professional dance company at the age of 19 (Dallas Black Dance Theatre), I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to tour all of Europe while performing on the Independence Of The Seas with Royal Caribbean, and I was one of the top 20 dancers in the world on SYTYCD Season 7. My husband and I have a love for Pitbulls and I enjoy putting mustard on my pizza! I teach because it is my obligation to train up the next generation in physical and wellness awareness.
Room: 121 (Gymnasium)
- Associate of Arts in Dance, Broward College (Coconut Creek, FL)
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.
- Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Sciences Oklahoma State University (Go POKES!)
I’m a 5th Generation Oklahoman who moved to Colorado the summer before 8th grade, I consider both to be home. I moved to Tulsa three years ago and love working at TSAS. In middle school, I lived to beat a girl named Danielle (who obvs had it all) for first chair clarinet. I rarely won. Even though I held down 2nd chair, I wasn’t allowed to march with my clarinet crew because I couldn’t keep in step with the rest, but I could be found holding the flag in the front. In 9th grade I rode in the back of a golden El Camino through the desert to find a secret punk rock show. That was all a long time ago, and now I mostly chill with my family–husband and two children, plus our dog. I like to read books/stories, watch TV/movies, read the news, and make things. I can get weirdly competitive when I play board games. I like grape flavor, Central Asian/Middle Eastern food, Tajin, Chamoy, & popcorn. Music is great too.
Learning about things I’ve never even imagined is one of my top top favorite things about life. Learning more about things I already know gives me hope. Sharing stories and hearing stories — making those human connections – reassures my faith. Working with students, especially in a school with talented, inspiring, and hilarious faculty and staff, restores my spirit daily. My students surprise me, teach me, and make me better. Teaching demands that I take risks constantly and that I stay vulnerable. Those are hard but necessary things.
When I think about those special teachers that loved me when I was unlovable, pushed me to think past my emotions or uninformed opinions, guided me to discover new ideas, saw something in me that I couldn’t see, showed me a kind of patience that I had not earned from them, and helped me on my way, I wonder if there is really any way to properly thank them. How could I ever show my true appreciation for the sacrifices they made for me? The only thing I’ve come up with is to do for someone else what they did for me.
Room: 113 A
- Bachelor of Arts in History from Mesa State College
- Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming
These are a few of my favorite things: vintage shopping, tennis, coffee, travel, cooking and poetry (David Whyte)
I do this work because I love being a part of this wonderful community that cultivates a culture of appreciation, care and expansive learning. I am honored to be apart of TSAS.
Room: 104 B
- Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oral Roberts University
I live in Broken Arrow with my husband and two dogs. I teach part time and work part time as a professional artist. I also have a dog sitting business through Rover.com. If I’m not at home or school, you can usually find me at the gym, Crossfit BA, where I go almost every day. I have 6 favorite things: my husband, dogs, art, Dr. Pepper, naps, and chocolate!
I teach because Art is my passion, and I love to be able to help others discover how awesome and fun it is!
- Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas
- Master of Science in Museum Science and Management from the University of Arkansas
After spending two years reading, thinking, and growing in OSU’s Curriculum and Leadership Master’s program, I am eager to return to the classroom doing what I love. In my free time, I love to travel to new states and countries, dragging my husband and two teen daughters to museums and historical sites, rain or shine. While home, I continue to learn more and more about Tulsa, having lived here for seven years now. I hope to draw upon this rich history and our amazing community in order to help my students feel more connected to themselves and their place in this world.
I discovered early on that I would teach as play. My siblings and I played school regularly, nurturing a love of learning. I would like to inspire my students to develop a love of learning and to grow into knowledgeable, civic-minded, justice-oriented, members of their society. Just as an artist is compelled to create art, I am drawn to teach. I teach to engage with knowledge and people. I teach to offer a service to my community, and I teach in order to remain a student for life.
- Masters in Curriculum and Leadership, Oklahoma State University
- Doctorate in Law, Indiana University School of Law
- Bachelor of Science in Education, Indiana University
I grew up in 6 states and 7 school districts, but the classroom has always felt like home. I earned my BA from Berkeley, studying the intersection of modern art and computer science- which is a concept I love exploring in the geometry classroom! Before coming to TSAS, I taught math and graphic design in other TPS high schools, and worked in the STEM space for tribal governments and local nonprofits. Outside of school, I love to crochet, weave, play trivia, and go on road trips with my husband and our dog.
I teach because I believe strong public education is the key to creating a compassionate society.
- Bachelor of Arts in Art History, UC Berkeley
- Master of Public Administration – Policy and Statistics Emphasis, University of Oklahoma
I’m the mother of 2 beautiful girls (16 and 1) and I’m the first one in my family to get a college degree, and I’m the only female out of 6 siblings. I love the outdoors, but my favorite place to visit is the ocean. This is my 10th year at TSAS, and I love the environment of our school, the teachers and students are one of a kind.
I work with our kids because the best part of my job is seeing the students evolve into young adults!
Room: 104 A
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies from Northeastern State University
Artist, gamer, technology buff, lover of animation, fantasy & science fiction, and all things heavy metal! With these powers combined, I am a huge nerd!
Animation is art in motion. It is a visual medium of endless possibility that the human imagination can conceive. If you can dream it, you can animate it. Animation is an illusion of movement; it truly is magic. As my friend often says, “magic is real!’, and it exists here at TSAS. That magic is inspiring the students to learn, create and achieve their goals! It’s really all about them, they are the future.
Teaching is absolutely one of, if not, the most soul-filling things a person can do. Passing knowledge to others is essential to the human experience and it is an honorable privilege to have the opportunity to do so at such a wonderful place as TSAS.
Room: 219 A
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation from Full Sail University
I am married with 6 children, 5 of which have graduated High School from TSAS. I enjoy cooking, gardening, knitting, journaling, reading and learning new things. I am grateful to be apart of the amazing community that is TSAS.
I do the work I do because I love it. I enjoy being in the role of facilitating help to/for others.
Room: Main Office
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.
Room: 104 D
- Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from University of Louisville
- Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma
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.
Room: 305 A
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from John Brown University
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Loyola University New Orleans
- Master of Science in Biology from the University of New Orleans
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University
I am McKenzie Park and I am the School Based Specialist here at TSAS! I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. I am a lover of animals and have three fur babies of my own, two dogs and one cat that are my pride and joy! I enjoy all things nature, whether that is collecting house plants or going on long hikes with my dogs. In my pass time I love doing anything creative around my house like sketching, creating decorations, and working in my flower beds. I look forward to working hand and hand with the TSAS faculty to create the best and most supportive environment for each student in this community.
I have always had a passion for working with children and have worked with all ages in many different settings. I believe that children are the future of this world and with the right tools in their toolbelt there is no limit to what they can do. I love watching children step into their potential and I am so excited to be part a team that supports each student in exploring their passions and developing their own unique identity.
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
I am blissfully married to Emerson teacher Arianna and am the proud stepfather to Julian and Evelyn (as well as doggos Lizzie and Penelope). As a Texas native with a love for the outdoors I love riding and working on bikes and can be found working or volunteering at various bike shops around town. I’m an avid music listener with a lust for a good metal show and enjoy playing a bit of music myself – lately a lot of cello and drums!
I teach because I LOVE teaching! I love the connection with students, exploring a range of subjects and interests, and fostering the innate desire for growth and creativity. Understanding your own personal health can be the key to so many other things in life and it’s a true joy to help students along on their own health journeys.
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Tulsa
Hi everyone I am so excited to be here. I come from a background of education and criminal justice. I have a beautiful daughter named Colby. I enjoy traveling to different places with my family and studying different cultures. In 2020 I was nominated as an Oklahoma’s Top 20 under 2 teacher. One fun fact about me is that in college I studied abroad in Greece for two weeks for a history class.
I do the work I do because I want to have an impact on the youth that are our next leaders. These students will be living and operating in a world that my children will be in. If I can assist with making students achieve success I want to do that. No matter what success looks like to them. I want to meet them where they are and help get them to the finish line.
- Bachelor’s in Psychology; University of Central Oklahoma
- Master’s in Criminal Justice; Northeastern State University
I’m a Colorado native who married his college sweetheart, with whom I have two kids and two cats. We have a third child on the way, due at the end of November. I’m a former football player who has recently discovered a second athletic career in kettlebell sport; I’m looking forward to participating in my first competition this October. I’m a drummer, I’m a Cormac McCarthy fan, and I love watching science fiction movies.
Teaching is my calling. I am deeply gratified when I see a person learn something new. I especially take joy in seeing young people gain confidence in their communication skills. Reading and writing have been invaluable in my own life, and I want to help students to see them in the same way.
- Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Evangel University
- Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College
My name is Tara Schiffelbein, but I go by Mrs. Tara because a student once told me that my last name scared him. I live with my husband, Jared, and our two fur babies, Bubba and Gertie. When we aren’t working on renovating our almost 4 acre property or trying to get my ’71 Volkswagen Squareback up and running, we enjoy watching movies, attending live music, and eating authentic meals from various cultures.
I teach to help others discover their own personal strengths and joy. I teach for the smiles and for those “aha” moments that are so powerful, especially for struggling learners. I teach so I continuously have the opportunity to learn from fellow teachers and students. I am humbled by the integrity, creativity, and passion I see every day here at TSAS and am so honored to be a facilitator of learning at the greatest school ever!
Room: 112 C
- MA in Teaching English as a Second Language – Oklahoma City University
- BA in Speech Communication Consultancy and Spanish – Oklahoma State University
I’ve lived in Tulsa most of my life but I love to travel as much as I can. I also enjoy reading, watching/talking/writing about television and films, doing crossword puzzles, playing basketball, and walking with my dog (Puddy). My wife and I live near downtown Tulsa so you can frequently find us dining or wandering around there.
TSAS is a weird and wonderful place to work and I think it is doing something remarkable in education. It’s humane, it’s innovative, and it’s providing a space for personal growth (for all the stakeholders involved). My position allows me to see all the working parts of our school’s past, present, and future, and what I witness on a daily basis makes me so deeply grateful to be part of the process and to make it even better.
Room: 111 A
- Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and History from the University of Oklahoma
- Graduate coursework at University of St. Louis Missouri
I teach because I enjoy it. I enjoy fostering and guiding someone to that point of discovery because I find it beautiful and expansive for them and myself. I believe that we are all in a kind of student/teacher cycle throughout our entire lives and I wish to embrace that interdependence.
It is curious to me how I can look to the night sky in wonder, and marvel at how well physics has described that celestial dance and our inseparable place in it, yet I feel that often when many of us look upon ourselves, that wonder is no longer present. I want to live a life that encourages that sense of wonder in the individual as well as the whole.
- Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University
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.
- 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
I love politics, philosophy, poetry, and my cats (Dionysus and Descartes). I have had the privilege of mentoring young debaters and actors for 10 years. I’ve been professionally associated with the Harvard National Invitational Forensics Tournament and OSSAA Speech and Debate. I’m a theatre nerd who has worked in stage production and costuming since 2017. I’m a writer with a special interest in journalism and research; I’ve been published by three newspapers, showcased in two symposiums, and awarded for my radio and social media work.
I yearn to be where I’m most needed and to make positive impacts. Communication is our greatest asset. Speech and Debate empowers young people with tools of self expression so that they can advocate for themselves and each other. It empowers them by exposing them to real world issues in political, economic, and philosophical terms and requiring them to see such issues in shades of gray rather than black and white. And it empowers them through the transformative power of performance, which inspires self confidence, mindfulness, and empathy.
- BA in Professional Media with specialization in Philosophy from the University of Central Oklahoma
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.
Room: Collegiate Commons
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Rogers State University
- Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma
Hello! My name is Emily Tackel. I am a first-generation college graduate from a small, rural town in southwest Oklahoma. In my spare time I love reading, Netflixing, and spending time with my loved ones. I am an avid sticker collector and passionate recycler. My dream is to live on the beach where I can grade papers with my feet in the sand.
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was old enough to go to school. I teach because it is my passion and my calling! Education is empowering and life-changing. I am here to prepare my students for any and all opportunities that life has for them. I teach math because I love the truth and consistency of numbers. Too often math is considered the “scary” subject that students shy away from. I want to empower my students to think about math in new ways and encourage them to see the beauty of math!
Room: 207 A
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University
I’m just a guy lucky enough to work with the best team in the city! #TeamTSAS. I am a Tulsa native and a descendent of Black Wall Street/Greenwood. I married a Chicago girl and together we parent a very energetic Siberian husky.
I first started in education as an elementary educator, and later I had the honor of advising the Mayor of Tulsa on education issues as a member of his administration. But the opportunity to lead TSAS is an honor unlike any other that I’ve ever had. I know that the students that we have in our building today are the world-changers of tomorrow. Don’t believe me? Just watch!
- Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oral Roberts University
- Master of Science in Educational Leadership Studies from Oklahoma State University
My wife and I have two rescue critters: one senior cat (Grandma Kitty) and a mischievous long-hair dachshund (Harvey). I have a particular affinity for music, gardening and mountain biking. I also “enjoy” meaningful toil and tinkering around the house. As a heads up, I’ve never been particularly good at light conversation.
I believe that education done right is liberating and it’s with that notion I embarked on this journey. There is no discipline more in need of challenging exclusive and often dehumanizing practices than in special education. At TSAS, it is my dream -our collective dream- to build an inclusive education program that embraces the unique needs of our students and prioritizes togetherness in the classroom. That’s the labor I’m set out to do and why I choose to continue this work.
Room: 104 E
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma
I am an avid movie watcher, book reader, and dog lover. I have a Corgi named Molly, who I love very much. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new places.
I am an educator because I myself have a passion for learning. Everyday in the classroom my students provide me with a different perspective on any given topic. I believe that knowledge grants power and if I can give that to my students I have done my job; not only as a teacher but as a fellow human. Fortuna Eruditis Favet!
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Room: 113 B
- Master’s in American Studies from Northeastern State University
- Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa
- Certificate in Classical Studies from the University of Tulsa
When I’m not teaching, I like to watch documentaries on science, history, and true crime, play video games and Dungeons & Dragons, tinker with various creative projects, and spend time with my husband, our kiddo, and our two cats.
I teach because I love sharing my passion for science with my students. Seeing a kid have one of those “Eureka!” moments when they finally figure out a tough concept, or watching a kid start the year saying they don’t like science, but end the year saying it’s their favorite subject, are some of the best feelings in the world. I am grateful that I get to share even one molecule of that with them.
Room: 305 B
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix