Tulsa Honor Academy will prepare each scholar for the rigors of high school, college, and beyond. We operate with the belief that all scholars, regardless of background or income, can achieve at a high level. Through strong academics and a focus on character, our scholars will achieve excellence. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that 100% of our scholars go to and graduate from college.
Originally from New York state, Stephie Eddy is new to Tulsa and THA. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. While attending Stony Brook University, Ms. Eddy had the pleasure of being the president of a local theatre company, Pocket Theatre, and was an Undergraduate College Fellow for 3 years. She worked intensely with incoming first year college students and was a mentor for students making the difficult transition from high school to college life. She is now a 2020 Teach for America corps member and is very excited to be teaching at THA. She can't wait to become a Nerdy Knight!
Finkel is originally from Ft. Wayne, Indiana and is the high school English teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and Arizona State University and received his degree in English. He has received his master’s in English with a focus in writing composition and the teaching of literature. He has been teaching academic English for 5 years in China and has recently joined us at THA. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of his ongoing passion for education and helping students grow. He is honored to be part of a new and growing program that will help so many gifted and wonderful students achieve their life and academic endeavors.
Gabrielle Flud is originally from Inola, OK. Ms. Flud is the high school Physics teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Natural History and Conservation. She is currently working towards an M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at OSU-Tulsa. She has taught environmental education at zoos, nature centers, and botanical gardens. She is excited to step into the classroom and join the THA Familia because of their promise to educate and prepare scholars for college and success in life.
Silvia Gallegos is originally from Calvillo, Aguascalientes Mexico. She is graduate of TCC and received her degree in medicine. She has been a member of Ballet Folklórico Sol Azteca Tulsa since fall of 2010 and has participated in Wonders of Mexico el Espectaculo since fall of 2011.
Austin Hughes graduated from Oklahoma State University in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Before moving to Tulsa in the summer of 2018 to work for THA, Mr. Hughes lived in Arlington, Texas, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Asheville, North Carolina, and Rogers, Arkansas. This is Mr. Hughes’ third year in education and will teach U.S. History and AP U.S. History at Tulsa Honor Academy.
Blake Kruithof was born in Tulsa, but moved to Perkins, Oklahoma in middle school. Perkins is a small town, just 10 minutes away from Stillwater, home of the Cowboys. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy and a certification in Secondary Education. Before coming to THA, he taught Geometry and Algebra 2 at Stillwater High School. Mr. Kruithof's taught 8th grade Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry at THA's middle school for 2 years. He is now teaching Geometry and Pre-Calculus at the high school.
Ms. Mata is originally from Venezuela. She is the Spanish teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University. She received her bachelor's degree in International Business and Spanish and her master's degree in International Studies. She focused her studies in international non-profit management and learned how to make an impact in underserved communities. She has worked in Education for 4 years and has created new opportunities for family engagement in the Tulsa's Latinx community. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia to be able to teach scholars Spanish, culture, and to help them grow a global mindset.
Mr. Millman is originally from Richmond, Virginia and is the 10th grade English Language Arts teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from William and Mary and received his bachelor's degree in English. During his time at William and Mary, he received a fellowship grant to pursue research and write an undergraduate honors dissertation thesis on the author Nathanael West and his context in 1930's American Modernist Literature. Mr. Millman is a 2020 corps member of Teach for America and prior to joining the organization, he tutored high school students in English, worked with all age groups in teaching guitar and, in the summer of 2020, he worked with Springboard in teaching students reading and comprehension skills. He is thrilled to be a part of the THA Familia because of his passion for reading, writing, and working with students and their communities in pursuit of collective success.
Kimberly Siftar moved to Oklahoma in her teens and then graduated from Oklahoma State University with her degree in Psychology. She pursued a career in corporate and agency recruiting specializing in sales roles. She worked in Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. Mrs. Siftar always had a passion for science and teaching. She completed a master's degree in Teaching from Texas Woman's University. Several years ago, Mrs. Siftar and her family returned home to Oklahoma. She joined the High School STEM team at Tulsa Honor Academy in 2019 teaching Physics and is excited to teach Chemistry for the 2020-2021 school year.
Originally from London, England, Joseph Weissman is a Foreign Language teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds and received his bachelor's in Spanish Language and Literature in 2009. He has taught in several schools across the United Kingdom, as well as working for the British Civil Service at the Department for Transport. Mr. Weissman now lives in Oklahoma with his wife and son. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia as he wants to inspire students to appreciate the value of Spanish more and more.
Aaron Witten is a Tulsa area native and has lived in the Tulsa area for 25 years. He attended LeTourneau University his freshman year of college, then transferred to Southwestern Christian University for his sophomore year. He graduated from Southwestern with a degree in Health, Sports Management, and Physical Education, focused in Kinesiology. Aaron grew up playing soccer, and played at the collegiate level in both the NCAA and the NAIA. He began coaching his final year of college, as an assistant for a local high school. Aaron has coached multiple club teams over years and holds licenses/diplomas from both United Soccer Coaches and US Soccer. He is excited to be the Head Soccer Coach, as well as the Strength and Conditioning teacher.
Ashia Wortham is originally from Carson, California. She graduated in 2016 from The George Washington University with a bachelor's in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. While in college Ms. Wortham, served as an AmeriCorps member with JumpStart, where she taught 3-4 year olds their letters and phonics skills. After graduation, she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to serve with Teach for America, teaching third grade for two years. Ms. Wortham joined the Tulsa Honor Academy Familia in 2018 to teach fifth grade math. She currently teaching Introduction to Engineering and Math at the high school.
Miss Young is originally from The Woodlands, TX and is the Algebra I and Algebra II teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and received her degrees in Economics and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, while minoring in Public Policy & International Affairs. She is a Teach for America 2020 corps member and is looking forward to teaching Algebra this year. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the great students, staff, and families that are part of this community.
Ashley Bullock graduated from Northeastern State University with a B.A. in General Studies with a focus on education, history, and psychology. Ashley taught through NSU’s TURN program prior to spending seven years in healthcare administration. Ms. Bullock is excited to return to her teaching roots as a students support teacher.
Ms. King is originally from Fort Knox, Kentucky and is a high school Student Supports teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and received her degree in Elementary Education. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because education was a love for her growing up and wants to show that in her community.
Antuanette Maysundo was born in the United States but grew up in South America in Peru and moved back when she was 16 years old. She finished high school in Virginia and attended Northern Virginia Community College and then the University of Phoenix.
She moved to Oklahoma 10 years ago and over the years has worked with different nonprofit organizations in Tulsa. She worked for Glenpool Public Schools for two years then took the position of Operations Associate at Tulsa Honor Academy. She loves working alongside the best teachers and operations staff helping to build a better future for our scholars.
Abbey Gonzales grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree. She majored in English and Education and went on to teach middle school and high school in rural China and the United States.
For five years, she worked with Whole Foods Market as a Global Data Control Specialist. In 2018, she was accepted to the Education Pioneers Fellowship and worked with Tulsa Public Schools. She is looking forward to bringing her passion for education and data to THA as the Assistant Principal of Operations.
Mr. Veach moved to Oklahoma in 2014 after serving 20 years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the military, Mr. Veach served in many instructor billets including a tour as a Drill Instructor. Mr. Veach is a graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from Norwich University. Joining the THA Familia in 2018, Mr. Veach serves as our high school Assistant Principal of Culture.
A Native Tulsan, Alexander Webb began his career at Tulsa Honor Academy after receiving his B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University. Because of his love of literature, he started his career teaching 5th grade English Language Arts. Now, Mr. Webb is the Founding Principal of Tulsa Honor Academy High School.