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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 Hyde
Chemistry and Environmental Science Science

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, skating, and baking something I’ve never attempted before. Also, I have a dog named Brie who loves to hike- so taking her on a hike is definitely my favorite hobby!

I teach because I want to show students how fun and exciting math can be! Teaching lets me encourage students on their math learning journey through the creation of a unique classroom environment and inventive education tools. I was lucky enough to have teachers that fostered my passion for STEM and I’m here to do the same for my students!

Email: ehyde@tsas.org

Room: 218

Education Background:

  • 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
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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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Eric Miller
Computers and Graphic Design Science

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.

Email: emiller@tsas.org

Room: 219 A

Education background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation from Full Sail University
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Mary Nicholson
Biology, 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: 215

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