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Ashley Allen-White
Algebra 1 Math

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.

Email: awhite@tsas.org

Room: 207 A

Educational Background:

  • Master of Mathematics Education from the University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Oklahoma
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Nicole Alterici
Middle School Counselor, District Testing Coordinator Support

I have always lived in and around the Tulsa area, and currently live with my wife and two 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

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northeastern State University
  • Master of Science in School Counseling from Northeastern State University
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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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Cheyenne Butcher
Photo I, Photo II, Photo III, Fine Arts Head of House 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

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado

 

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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
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Adam Carnes
Mixed Media, Art Foundations, Art 6 Fine Arts

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.

Email: acarnes@tsas.org

Room: 106

Educational Background:

  • Master of Fine Arts, New York Academy of Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design
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Norvella Carr
Head of Facilities and Maintenance, Site Engineer Support

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.

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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

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University
  • Master’s of Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University
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Derek Clark
Raps 101 Teaching Artist Fine Arts
Mr. Clark, who goes by the artistic name 1st Verse, is an accomplished Tulsa-based hip-hop artist and community organizer with decades of experience in lyrical artistry, beat production, live performance, DJing, touring, marketing, and social activism through hip-hop. He is a charter member of the Tulsa collective Oilhouse, and has been a part of the World Music collaborative, as well as the 2021 Fire in Little Africa mixtape and social movement.
Verse comes to TSAS as part of a partnership with the bART Center for Music after successful programs at many schools and non-profit youth organizations in Tulsa. He is famous for both his artistry and teaching ability in the classroom. Verse lives in Tulsa with his partner and three children, and spends his time creating, performing, and studying hip-hop as an artform.
Room: 311
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Rogelio Contreras
American Sign Language (ASL), Modern Languages Department Chair Modern Languages

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.

Email: rcontreras@tsas.org

Room: 205

Educational Background:

  • 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
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Mina Danes
Algebra II Design Math

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.

Email: mdanes@tsas.org

Room: 206

Educational Background:

  • Petroleum Geoscience Engineering B.S.E – The University of Tulsa
  • Petroleum Engineering M.E. – The University of Tulsa
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Catherine Denton
Director of Processes and Systems Administration

Hello! My name is Cathy Denton. I was a mom of TSAS before working here and was fortunate to have all three of my children attend TSAS. My best trait is that I tend to laugh easily. Life can be dark and having a sense of humor helps. I’m very curious, so I read a lot. I enjoy working on creative projects like coloring, drawing and writing. I think creativity is a superpower. I’m also slightly obsessed with personality quizzes.

I’ve played lots of roles at TSAS but now I enjoy working in operations. I manage the amazing operations team, organize substitutes, track accreditation reports, and run the child nutrition program. I love the TSAS students, they are quirky, authentic and capture my heart each year. My work feels meaningful because of them.

Email: cdenton@tsas.org

Room: Main Office

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwest Baptist University
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Jeffery Donaldson
English 10, AP Literature English

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.

Email: jdonaldson@tsas.org

Room: 112 B

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Oral Roberts 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

Educational 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
Encumbrance Clerk 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

Educational Background

  • Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts
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Rebecca Enriquez Ortiz
Director of Student Support, 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: 204

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
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Clayton Flores
US History 8 History

My name is Clayton Flores. I live with my wife, Hailey, and our two boys, Calvin and Redford. Outside of school, I enjoy running and playing music. Running was a huge passion of mine when I was younger, and I have recently rediscovered it. I completed my first marathon this summer and am looking forward to future events! Per music, I have played in several bands over the years and absolutely enjoy jamming with my best buds.

I teach because I have had teachers who inspired me and instilled academic confidence, allowing me to surpass what I thought possible. I want my students to feel empowered to think critically and to share their opinions; some of my best moments from my first year of teaching stemmed from watching students take chances and thrive in those uncharted waters. I am excited to build a space at TSAS where we can have many more moments of discovery.

Email: cflores@tsas.org

Room: 301 A

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa
  • Associate of Arts in Visual Communications from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
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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

Educational 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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Austin Fraley
Science 6 Science

I am an artistical (that’s magic, whimsy, and artistic rolled into one!) scientist and am excited to join the TSAS family! I love painting, creating, and exploring Tulsa with my three kids! You might see us cruising around downtown on our bikes sometime- it’s a crew for sure! I am stuck in the 90s with a love for Dr. Martens and indie rock, and my absolute favorite thing to do in the whole world is be a goofball and laugh!

I teach because, well, kids are insanely amazing and out of this world! It is a privilege to work with kids, and I appreciate that they still hold the magic of imagination and limitless possibilities. I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me.

Email: afraley@tsas.org

Room: 305 B

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern State University
  • Associate of Arts in Health Sciences from Northeastern State University
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Marilyn Gates
Drama, Tech Support, Musical Theater, Creative Exploration Fine Arts

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.

Email: mgates@tsas.org

Room: 128

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts from Bedford University
  • American Theatre Conservatory
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Kali Gonzales-Ritchey
Math 8 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!

Email: kgonzales@tsas.org

Room: 311

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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Dr. Dan Hahn
Principal Administration

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 playing, refereeing, and watching soccer. I love music (currently into Bright Eyes, The National, Protomartyr, Fire in Little Africa, and boygenius). I like reading magazines, riding my bike, and looking for my keys.

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.

Email: dhahn@tsas.org

Phone: 918-207-8997

Room: 302

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Educational Background:

  • Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma
    • Dissertation: Blood and ink: A qualitative inquiry of teacher well-being in post-pandemic Oklahoma
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Northeastern State University
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Jeron Harbert
Facilities and Maintenance Support

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!

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Dr. Dillon Hawkins
AP English Literature and Composition, Critical Communication, Introduction to Film Studies, Experimental Literature and Writing English

I am not an Oklahoma native: I grew up an hour outside of Washington, DC in a West Virginia tourist town catering the “city people,” but I have lived in Oklahoma for the past ten years, so I call Oklahoma (and Tulsa) home now.

I am an enthusiast of dogs, baseball, hockey, movies, music, and reading. I also have lots of hobbies. People often say that my hobby is collecting hobbies. For example, I collect vinyl and other “retro” media, in addition to comics and underground humor magazines, such as Mad and National Lampoon. I also like to play and study chess, bake, play disc golf, brew beer and soda, and play guitar and harmonica, while dabbling in banjo and mandolin.

I taught at the college level for ten years, but after working almost exclusively with high school students concurrently enrolled in college credit courses towards the end of my time as a professor, I realized that those were the students I wanted to work with every day. The college-preparatory-minded TSAS allows me to work with high school students and push their intellectual rigor—while still having fun!

Email: dhawkins@tsas.org

Room: 113 A

Educational Background:

    • Ph.D. in English (ABD), Oklahoma State University (pending)
    • M.A. in English, Oklahoma State University May 2014
    • B.S. in Mass Communication, Shepherd University
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Wes Hill
Freshman Seminar, Oklahoma History, US History, College & Career Head of House History

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.

Email: whill@tsas.org

Room: 114

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Government from Oral Roberts University
  • Master of Arts in Education from Oral Roberts University
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Jacelyne Jackson
Physical Education & Wellness Fine Arts

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.

Email: jjackson@tsas.org

Room: 121 (Gymnasium)

Educational Background:

  • Associate of Arts in Dance, Broward College (Coconut Creek, FL)
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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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Korie Johnson
U.S. History, Law & Society, and The 1990s History

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.

Email: kjohnson@tsas.org

Room: 113 A

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Mesa State College
  • Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming
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Aubree Karner
Art Foundations, Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Painting 1, Figure Drawing, Fine Arts Department Head Fine Arts

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!

Email: akarner@tsas.org

Room: 102

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas
  • Master of Science in Museum Science and Management from the University of Arkansas
  • Currently in an MFA program in Illustration through Savannah College of Art and Design
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Jennifer Lamkin
Project-Based Learning and Design Thinking Teaching Specialist, Senior Capstone Support

In my free time, I am always looking for the next, new destination. Some might say I plan the next trip while on a trip. Being an Army brat and having moved every few years may play a part in my quest for constant change. I have hung up my chauffeur hat, no longer needing to cart my kids around town, and find myself filling the time with new ventures like tennis, puzzles, happy hours, and terrible reality television. I am mom to two daughters, wife to a professor of law, and keeper of two, delinquent dogs. While we are not from Oklahoma, we have loved calling Tulsa home!

Email: jlamkin@tsas.org

Room: 114

Educational Background:

  • Masters in Curriculum and Leadership, Oklahoma State University
  • Doctorate in Law, Indiana University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Indiana University
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MacKenzie Lance-Jones
Geometry, Design Geometry Math

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.

I have previously served as a teacher fellow with the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Outside of school, I love to crochet, weave, play trivia, and go on road trips with my husband and our dog.

I attended public schools from kindergarten through earning my masters, and I believe there is no greater institution for building knowledge, community, and life skills.

Email: mlance@tsas.org

Room: 203

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History, UC Berkeley
  • Master of Public Administration – Policy and Statistics Emphasis, University of Oklahoma
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Adriana Lopez
Director of Student Information Systems Office Staff

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!

Email: alopez@tsas.org

Room: 104 A

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Studies from Northeastern State University
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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

Educational background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation from Full Sail University
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DeVon Mohn
Receptionist Office Staff

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.

Email: dmohn@tsas.org

Room: Main Office

 

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Kelly Morgan
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

Educational 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, English Department Chair, 8th Grade Team Lead English

I was born in Texas and have been living in Tulsa for a little over ten years. This will be my tenth year in Education and my sixth year at TSAS. I love the power of stories in all forms, and I love reading, watching, or playing them, thinking about them, talking about them, teaching them, and creating them myself. I also enjoy running, drawing, pinball, music, and spending time 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: 301 B

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from John Brown University
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Mary Nicholson
Biology, AP Biology 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

Educational 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, STEM Head of House 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

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics from The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University
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Kenzie Park
OKDHS School Based Specialist Support

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.

Email: McKenzie.Park@okdhs.org

Office: 112 G

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University
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Shaniece Randle
Academic and College Counselor Support

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.

Email: srandle@tsas.org

Office: 126

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s in Psychology; University of Central Oklahoma
  • Master’s in Criminal Justice; Northeastern State University

 

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Lauren Rathe
Chemistry and Environmental Science Science

In the blink of an eye, the little girl with snails in her pockets and dirt in her hair went from running through the creeks behind her childhood home to walking across the Oklahoma State University stage to receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with a major of Environmental Science.

However, Lauren’s adventure truly began after moving across the country to gain experience in conservation just an hour south of the iconic Glacier National Park, after accepting a position as a Big Sky Watershed Corps Member through Americorps. This position combined a deep devotion for service with a passion for the conservation of our natural resources. During her time in this position, she completed research for the USDA, NRCS, Western Montana Conservation Districts, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Flathead Lake Biological Station, The University of Montana and NASA. Research topics varied wildly but mainly focused on native wildflower biodiversity and pollinator habitat rehabilitation, aquatic invasive species PCR tracking, and the study of agricultural upgrades to determine improvement of resource usage.

What really made an impact on the direction of Lauren’s career was the development of Lake County Conservation District’s outreach program which delivered STEAM curriculum to 3,641 students and adults in 2.5 years. After Lauren moved home during the Pandemic, she began pursuing a career in STEAM education thanks to her time at LCCD. After beginning her educational career at Discovery Lab creating curriculum, training educators, and running day of programming for their partnership with Tulsa Public Schools, Lauren is excited to transition into the classroom fulltime teaching Environmental Science and Chemistry. She is passionate about sparking a love of natural resources and applied science in her students just as her high school Enivronmental Science teacher did for her.

When Lauren isn’t at work she enjoys hiking, camping, taking pictures of every flower and fungi she sees, finding cool rocks and crystals, practicing yoga and meditation, and being outdoors in general. When the weather doesn’t allow her to be outside, Lauren also loves watching competition shows with her husband, Tyler, and making bets on the winners (loser has to clean up dinner!) Their pup Daisy is never far behind, especially to “help” clean up the food.

Email: lranthe@tsas.org

Room: 218

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science and Natural Resources with a major in Environmental Sciences from Oklahoma State University
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Emily Roiger
Composition 9 English

I used to live in Minnesota, and now I’m always hot. After leaving my home state, I moved to Missouri thinking I wanted to be a journalist. It only took me a few years of covering local school board meetings to realize that I couldn’t sit on the sidelines when it came to the challenges facing education. I moved to Tulsa and have fallen in love with the community of families, students, and educators I get to work alongside every day. High schoolers are my favorite people, and I absolutely love watching them grow into unique individuals and free thinkers ready to tackle the world.

Outside of school, I have been spending an exorbitant amount of time restoring a 1910 craftsman home with my girlfriend. It gives me an opportunity to learn new things, shop for vintage items, and spend endless hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration. I’m often cooking soup, eating soup, and sharing soup with the people I love. I love to travel, drink coffee, and find excuses to cancel plans and stay home with my dogs.

Email: eroiger@tsas.org

Room: 124

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri
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Stephen Rustin
English 11 English

I’m a Colorado native who married his college sweetheart, with whom I have three kids. We live in Broken Arrow and I’m proud to call Oklahoma my home. My favorite author is Cormac McCarthy, my favorite band is Manchester Orchestra, and my favorite hobby is kettlebell sport.

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.

Email: srustin@tsas.org

Room: 115

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Evangel University
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College
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Daniel Sharples
Community Development Director Administration

I have lived in Tulsa most of my life but love to travel as much as I can. I also enjoy reading, writing about television and film, doing crossword puzzles, playing basketball, and walking my dogs in our neighborhood. My wife, son, and I live near downtown Tulsa so you can frequently find us dining or wandering around there.

I’ve been involved in youth development and education for over twenty years now, but I love my work most with TSAS. Our community is a weird and wonderful place to work and I think we’re doing something remarkable in education: It is humane, it is innovative, and it is providing a space for personal growth for all the stakeholders involved. My position allows me to see all aspects of our school’s past, present, and future, and what I witness on a daily basis makes me excited about what is ahead.

Email: dsharples@tsas.org

Room: 112 F

Educational Background:

  • Master’s in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma (in progress)
  • Graduate coursework in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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Sky Slater
Math 6 Math

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.

Email: sslater@tsas.org

Room: 304

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University
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Rani Spindle
Speech and Debate, Journalism and Media Studies Fine Arts

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 symposia, 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.

Email: rspindle@tsas.org

Room: 207 B

Educational Background:

  • BA in Professional Media with specialization in Philosophy from the University of Central Oklahoma
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Jesse Stallings
Director of Information and Innovation, Librarian Administration

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.

Email: jstallings@tsas.org

Room: Collegiate Commons

Educational Background:

  • Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Rogers State University
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Colton Tucker
Director of Special Education Services Administration

My wife and I currently have one rescue critter, a mischievous long-hair dachshund named Harvey. I’ve had a lifelong affinity for songwriting, mostly alternative/indie and americana. I enjoy gardening, mountain biking, fishing as well as learning new trades and tinkering around the house. I’m not particularly good at light conversation.

I believe that education should be liberating and it’s with that notion I embarked on this journey. There is no field more in need of challenging exclusive and often dehumanizing practices than in special education. At TSAS, it is my dream to continue to build upon an inclusive education program that embraces the unique needs of all our students and prioritizes togetherness in the classroom and greater community.

Email: ctucker@tsas.org

Room: 104 E

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Oklahoma
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John Turner
World History and U.S. History History

I am an avid movie watcher, traveler, and reader.I am constantly traveling and exploring new places. I love the possibilities of meeting new people and seeing new cultures! I have a passion for education and making sure that students are enlightened about the world around them.

Ask me about my Corgi! Her name is Molly and she is the sweetest.

Email: jturner@tsas.org

Class Website: CLICK HERE

Room: 113 B

Educational Background:

  • 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
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Stephanie Weibel
Science 8 Science

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.

Email: sweibel@tsas.org

Room: 312

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix
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Laura Woods
Receptionist Office Staff

I’m Laura, and I’m so glad to be part of the TSAS family! I live in Jenks with my husband, son, and two very silly pit/boxer rescue babies named Sprite and Cola. I also have five adult children/step-children who are scattered throughout the Midwest.

Some of my interests are St. Louis Cardinal baseball, reading, napping, eating cereal, watching TV and movies with my family, listening to all kinds of music, and playing my viola when I feel inspired. Music is a very important part of my life. I played viola professionally for many years, thanks to my dedicated parents and a strong music education.

I am also passionate about human rights and equality in all areas of life. A few of my heroes are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Michelle Obama.

Email: lwoods@tsas.org

Room: Main Office

Educational Background:

  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor