Mrs. Elsie Urueta Pollock is the Founder and Executive Director of Tulsa Honor Academy. She 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, Mrs. Urueta Pollock moved to Chicago to teach ninth and tenth grade ELA for the Noble Network of Charter Schools. In 2012, Mrs. Urueta Pollock moved back home to Tulsa to continue her work with literacy as an eighth Grade ELA Teacher and the Literacy Specialist. In 2013, Mrs. Urueta Pollock 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.
Originally from the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez area, Mrs. Urueta Pollock grew up in Tulsa, and has always called east Tulsa “home.” She is honored to serve her community and work alongside the best scholars, families, and educators.
Mrs. Urueta Pollock graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in International Business and Marketing.
Ms. Yuen is originally from Tulsa and is the Director of Operations at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received her bachelor's degrees in special education and social sciences and her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She began her education career as a high school special education teacher at Oologah High School and transitioned to school operations after earning her MBA. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of THA's high expectations and desire to get even better.
Originally from Mexico City, by way of Los Angeles, California, Gustavo Ibarra moved to Tulsa in the 8th grade. Since then, he has lived in and been an active member of the East Tulsa community. 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 worked as an Insurance Coordinator in the health industry for two years prior to joining the Tulsa Honor Academy team. In 2015, Mr. Ibarra became the Founding Office Manager for THA and quickly transitioned into the role of Director of Operations in 2016. He is now our Manager of Finance and Accountability.
Mr. Ibarra graduated in 2011 from Oklahoma State University with his B.S. in International Business.
Madison Curley is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Nonprofit Management. Madison's love for education and the 918 brought her back to Tulsa as a Teach For America corps member in 2018. Since then, Ms. Curley has completed her master's in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Curley is now the External Affairs Manager at Tulsa Honor Academy.
Callie Kirk is an Oklahoma Native. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After teaching a few years in east Tulsa through Teach For America, Callie joined the THA Familia teaching 8th Grade English Language Arts. In 2020, Ms. Kirk earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She now serves as Tulsa Honor Academy's College Readiness Manager. She is excited to assist scholars and families in achieving their college dreams.
Mr. Ceja is originally from Sylmar, CA and is a College Readiness Advisor at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and received his degree in theology with a concentration in counseling. He has 4 years combined experience working in higher education and assisting families and scholars in planning for higher education. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because he will be able to serve scholars and families to prepare for higher education.
Originally born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua and raised in Oklahoma City, Samanta De La Rosa began her career in higher education in 2019. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, she worked with students as a Student Success Advisor for Oklahoma City Community College. Samanta's passion to help underrepresented communities and institutions for higher education has guided her to join the THA Familia as a College Readiness Advisor.
Mr. Steven Ramos is originally from New York, and is the English Language Development Manager for Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and has his Master of Arts in Teaching Speakers of other Languages. He is pleased to be part of the THA Familia because of its calling to our diverse Tulsa community, especially speakers of other languages.
Mrs. Martínez is originally from Zacatecas Mexico, she moved to Tulsa in 2000, and is the Bilingual Executive Assistant at Tulsa Honor Academy.
She is a graduate from Tulsa Technology Center and received her degree in Administrative Assistant, she worked as an Administrative Manager for 10 years prior to joining THA. She became part of the THA Familia in 2015 as a volunteer parent. She's exited to reinforce THA's core values.
Jessyca Williams is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma and is the Student Supports Manager at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View Texas. She participated in the Marching Storm band and received her degree in Psychology in 2009. Jessyca earned dual certifications in general and special education and worked in special education in Baton Rouge, LA for 8 years before joining the THA Familia, where she is excited to continue helping students achieve their highest levels of potential while preparing them for college.