Elsie Urueta began her education career as a 2008 Teach For America Corp Member in St. Louis where she taught sixth grade students with special needs. Two years later, Ms. Urueta moved to Chicago to teach ninth and tenth grade ELA for the Noble Network of Charter Schools. In 2012, Ms. Urueta moved back home to Tulsa to continue her work with literacy as an eighth Grade ELA Teacher and a Literacy Specialist. In 2013, Ms. Urueta was accepted into the prestigious Building Excellent Schools Fellowship and spent the 2013-2014 academic school year receiving rigorous professional development in preparation to found Tulsa Honor Academy.
Ms. Urueta graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a BA in International Business and Marketing.
Kate Freudenheim is a local Tulsan. She began her career in education when she joined Teach for America in 2010. During her time in the corps, she taught middle school Math and Science to students with special needs. Two years later, Mrs. Freudenheim left to teach General Ed. Math for 3 years at KIPP Tulsa College Prep. In 2015, Mrs. Freudenheim began her work with Tulsa Honor Academy as an operations fellow getting to participate in the formation and planning of the school.
Mrs. Freudenheim graduated in 2009 from The University of New Mexico with a BA in Communication. She holds her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Anthony Hardin began his education career in 2013 when he became a Behavior Intervention Specialist for an elementary school in Rockford, IL. He specialized in helping students work through educational setting struggles or behaviors, and returning them to the classroom. In 2015, Anthony was offered an opportunity to be the Founding 5th Grade Physical Education Teacher with Tulsa Honor Academy.
Mr. Hardin graduated in 2009 from Rockford University with a BS in Psychology and a Minor in Business. Throughout his college career, he participated in Cross Country and Track while becoming a multiple time Conference Champion and All-Conference runner. He holds his Master’s Degree in Teaching from Rockford University.
After graduating from Villanova University in 2013, Sasha Ducey joined Teach for America, teaching middle school Math for 2 years at Rogers Middle School in Oklahoma City. She served as Math Department Chair and Faculty Advisory President during her second year on staff. After finishing her two year commitment, she came to work at Tulsa Honor Academy as the Founding 5th Grade Math Teacher. She has always had a passion for working with children and loves learning with her scholars! Originally from San Diego, CA, she graduated with a BA in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Business.
Emily Miller is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, majoring in Medicine, Health and Society. She is the founding fifth grade writing teacher who loves to develop scholars as writers, teaching everything from creative writing, to grammar, to spelling. From New Jersey by way of Nashville, she is loving her new home in Tulsa.
Roselyn Anglade is a recent graduate from Florida International University with a BS in Elementary Education and endorsement in English Language Learning as well as Special Education. Before she began working with Tulsa Honor Academy, she started her own tutoring company in Miami, FL. Her passion for education brought her to Oklahoma as a Teach for America 2015 corp member. She is currently the 5th grade founding students supports teacher
Andrew Pletan is the 5th grade Reading teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. Mr. Pletan graduated from nearby Owasso High School before attending and graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 2014. Mr. Pletan’s career in education began as an Outdoor Education instructor in Anna, Texas, and he later entered the classroom by joining Teach for America, electing to stay in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with Tulsa Honor Academy.
Gustavo Ibarra is a California transplant that currently resides in East Tulsa. Growing up, Mr. Ibarra's parents instilled in him the value of helping others. Holding true to those values, Mr. Ibarra helped out his community through the Boy Scouts and the Hispanic Student Association at OSU-Tulsa. Mr. Ibarra started his career in the medical field but became part of the THA team in order to help the children in his community.
Mr. Ibarra graduated in 2011 from Oklahoma State University with his BS in International Business.