Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School

WELCOME TO TULSA HONOR ACADEMY

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.

School Announcements

5th Grade Staff

Vanessa Bledsoe

Lower School PE Teacher

Ms. Bledsoe is originally from Tulsa and is a Physical Education Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Southwestern Christian University and received her degree in Health, Physical Education & Sports Management. She also coached basketball for many years and is a Professional Woman’s Tackle Football player. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she loves to teach and play against the scholars in many different sports.

Cameron Good

Math Teacher

Miss Good is originally from Charlotte, NC and is a 5th grade math teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her degree in Organizational Behavior and Spanish. She is a 2022 Teach For America corps member, and is so excited to join the THA Familia because of her love for spending time with children and her passion for working towards educational equity in our country.

Nena Harper

English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Harper was born in Oklahoma, but left the state at age 7. She returned in early 2020 with the intention to stay only a few months. Well, this will be her 3rd year at Tulsa Honor Academy! She is fortunate enough to be teaching one of her favorite subjects: ELA! Her ultimate dream is to serve as an advocate for women, children, and youth on an international scale. She feels privileged to be a part of the THA Familia because THA’s mission speaks to the heart of her passion to equip young people with the means and encouragement to triumph over adversity, meet and surpass their goals, and make a positive contribution to their world.

Erik Steger

Science Teacher

Erik Steger grew up in Tulsa. He has worked with children for well over 10 years but began formally working in Education as a paraprofessional for elementary students at Jenks in 2013. He taught 4th and 5th grade Math at Collegiate Hall and has taught Science for five years at Tulsa Honor Academy. Mr. Steger served as the Dean of Students for THA for one year and has been thrilled to return to the classroom again to teach 5th Grade Science.

Mr. Steger graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Health Education and Promotion along with a Child Development Associate credential.

Instructional Staff

Perla Alvarado

College Readiness Advisor

Perla Alvarado was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Enterprise Studies. She serves Tulsa Honor Academy as one of the College Readiness Advisors where her passion for helping underrepresented communities guides her as she helps scholars reach their college goals.

Rebekah Applegate

English Language Arts Teacher

Miss Rebekah Applegate is a Tulsa native and is the 10th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate from Oral Roberts University where she received her BA in Youth Ministry in 2020. After graduating, Miss Applegate spent a year of service with City Year Tulsa. Before coming to THA, Miss Applegate taught middle school social studies in Tulsa Public Schools. She is so excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she gets to continue to support student success while joining a supportive and equitable community.

Kamesha Barrett

Counselor

Ms. Barrett is originally from Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of Governors State University, and received her degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of National Louis University, and from there received her degree in Community Counseling. She has been a Counselor and Provider in Social Services for over 15 yrs., a Behavior Interventionist at Learn Charter School Network for 4 1/2 yrs., and was most recently a Mental Health Coordinator for substance abuse agency for adolescents and adults. She is very excited to be a part of the THA family because of the opportunity to engage and assist children in working through developmental, and emotional stressors so that they can engage their educational process with stability, clarity, and confidence.

Laurent Bauza

Operations Associate

Dorian Bennett

Assistant Principal of Culture

Dorian Bennett is from Denver Colorado and is the Assistant Principal of Culture. He is a graduate of University of Phoenix where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Arts in Educational Studies. Dorian has over 8 years of experience working in the education arena as a Dean of Students, Dean of Culture and Head of School. He is committed to contributing to student and staff success by leading by example and being a positive charge for all. Dorian will assist with the success of all community members using the acronym A-U-T-O, as he will go Around-Under-Through-Over for Tulsa Honor Academy. He is excited to be a member of the Tulsa Honor Academy Familia.

Andrew Birt

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Andrew Birt is a second year educator from the Greater Boston Area teaching 7th grade Social Studies at Tulsa Honor Academy Flores Middle School. Mr. Birt is a graduate from the University of South Carolina with degrees in History and Political Science. Mr. Birt began his career in education with elementary school, working as a Playworks Coach in the Boston Public Schools for two years. Mr. Birt is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the opportunity to serve some of Tulsa’s brightest scholars. Mr. Birt is a life-long Boston Celtics fan.


Hannah Bland

Assistant Principal of Operations

Hannah Bland is originally from Great Bend, Kansas and is an Assistant Principal of Operations at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degree in English. She taught 8th Grade Science for 4 and a half years (2.5 at THA) before transitioning to her current role. She is excited and grateful to be a part of the THA Familia because of our commitment to our scholars and community.


Vanessa Bledsoe

Lower School PE Teacher

Ms. Bledsoe is originally from Tulsa and is a Physical Education Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Southwestern Christian University and received her degree in Health, Physical Education & Sports Management. She also coached basketball for many years and is a Professional Woman’s Tackle Football player. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she loves to teach and play against the scholars in many different sports.

Kerry Bonaparte

Science Teacher

Mr. Bonaparte is originally from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist and Crown College. He received master degrees in General Education and specialized in Curriculum Development. He brings more than fifteen years of teaching experience to the THA Familia. He is excited to teach and motivate scholars within THA.

Brittnee Buck

Lower School Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Buck is originally from Hammond, Indiana and is a Social Studies Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She obtained degrees from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing an additional degree from Western Governors University. Ms. Buck was called to and built for the sphere of education. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because it is another opportunity to be part of her students journey of learning!

Thomas Caddell

Science Teacher

Mr. Caddell is originally from Norwalk, California and is a 6th Grade Science Teacher. He graduated from Northwood University with honors. Mr. Caddell served in the Army with two tours to Iraq. He is excited to be part of THA teaching his favorite subject!

Katelyn Callahan

English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Callahan is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a 7th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received her degree in Multidisciplinary Studies focusing on English literature and secondary teaching. During her undergraduate degree, Ms. Callahan spent six months in the UK studying modern literature in its birthplace. Along with her love for literature, Ms. Callahan cares deeply for students and strives to help them find their voice inside and outside the classroom. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she is passionate about education, equity, and teaching students to self-advocate.

Amy Callis

Assistant Principal of Culture

Mrs. Callis was born and raised just north of Tulsa in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She started her career in education for Broken Arrow Public Schools where she taught 6-8 Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education for 7 years. She moved with her family to Texas where she worked for Harmony Public Schools, a public charter school as a PE teacher for 2 years before joining the administration team as Dean of Students. After 6 and half years as Dean of Students, her family moved back to Oklahoma. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia as an Assistant Principal, to serve a community she has always called home, Tulsa.



Mandy Channel

Student Supports Teacher

Mandy Channel is originally from Fayetteville, AR and is a Student Supports Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She has worked with students ages 6 weeks to 17 years, in various capacities, for over 30 years.  Her philosophy maintains all students have exceptional abilities which should be celebrated and fostered to become life-long learners. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia where she will guide scholars in the development of strong academics and focus on character to successfully achieve excellence and become contributing members of society.

Angelo Chee

College Readiness Advisor

Angelo Chee is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a College Readiness Advisor at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and received his degree in communications. He was one of the co-founders of a private school in Brazil called Talmidim Christian School and has served as a missionary of the Assemblies of God in Brazil for 10 years. He is excited to be part of THA Familia because of the vision to empower students with the tools they need to be successful in college.

Josh Cirbo

Physical Education Teacher

Josh Cirbo is originally from Thornton Colorado and is a Physical Education Teacher at THA High School. He is a graduate of Metro State University and received his degree in K-12 Physical Education. This is his second year at THA and will be his second year of teaching as well. He will also coach the basketball team for THA this year. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the culture and the commitment to success of the scholars and teachers.


Gloria Conner

Science Teacher

Ms. Conner is originally from Gilbert, Louisiana and is an 8th Grade Science Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Western Governors University and received her degree in Elementary Education. She taught Pre-K for 10 years and enjoys teaching. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she admires the company’s work ethic and collaborative spirit.

Madison Curley

Director of External Affairs and Communications

Madison Curley is originally from Tulsa, OK and is the Director of External Affairs and Communications at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a master's degree in Public Administration. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of THA's commitment to providing a rigorous, college-preparatory education to all scholars.

Maggie Dalton

Principal

Ms. Dalton is from Worcester, Massachusetts and is the Principal at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and received her degree in Public Policy and Law with a minor in Classics. She earned her Master of Education in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2021. Ms. Dalton joined Teach For America in 2016 and found a sense of purpose in working towards educational equity. Tulsa has since become her home. Ms. Dalton is excited to continue her work with the THA Familia because of the school’s high expectations and commitment to both scholar achievement and teacher growth. She looks forward to partnering with staff, scholars, and families to develop a strong community of nerdy knights!


Juan Davis

Assistant Principal of Culture

Mr. Davis is originally from Muskogee, OK. He is a graduate of Bacone College, and received his bachelor's degree in Sports Management. He has been a Behavior Tech/Coach at both Muskogee Public Schools and Broken Arrow Public Schools, and has also been an Assistant Athletic Director/Coach at Bacone College, and Director of Sports for the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. He has served as a Behavior Interventionist previously with THA before transitioning into his new role as Assistant Principal of Culture.


Deonia DeLouiser

PE Teacher

Deonia DeLouiser born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a Physical Education Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Langston University and received her degree in Bachelors of Science and Arts Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Ms. DeLouiser is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she believes learning each day helps discover new ideas, and contribute to the family in a meaningful way.

Michael Ellis

Behavior Interventionist

Michael Ellis is originally from Ada, Oklahoma and is a Behavior Interventionist at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate from East Central University and received her bachelor's in Kinesiology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She is continuing her education in Behavior Analysis to continue her work in helping create an environment for positive behavior changes in schools. She has experience working with children and adolescents in clinical, community, and school settings. She has a passion for working in schools and working with the community to create a positive learning experience.

Danika Eppard

English Language Development Teacher

Ms. Eppard is originally from Cloquet, MN but raised in Mancos, CO and is an ELD teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy.  She is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and received her degree in elementary education. She received a minor certificate to teach English as a second language. She taught 5th grade in CO right after college for the remainder of the school year. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because the values of the school align with her personal values.

Shambrille Fennell

Counselor

Shambrille Fennell originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Alumna of Langston University with a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and bachelor's degree in Psychology. I am excited to be apart of the THA FAMILIA because of the excellence put forth in education!


Mark Freudenheim

English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Freudenheim began his teaching career in 2009 in Tulsa with Teach For America's inaugural Tulsa Corps where he taught middle school science. He subsequently attended the University of Tulsa College of Law, graduating with highest honors, and practiced law as a litigator for several years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University, majoring in French Literature and Sociology. While in college, Mr. Freudenheim was also a competitive policy debater and studied abroad at the University of Paris. Mr. Freudenheim returns to the classroom to teach a rigorous literature curriculum.

Kate Freudenheim

Chief Academic Officer

Mrs. Freudenheim is originally from Tulsa, OK and is the Chief Academic Officer at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and received her degree in Communication and Philosophy. She holds a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member and taught Special Education, Math, and Science. She was a member of the founding team at Tulsa Honor Academy.

Silvia Gallegos

Teacher Apprentice & Ballet Folklórico Coach

Originally from Calvillo Aguascalientes,  México and is a Teacher Apprentice & Ballet Folklorico Coach at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated from TCC and received AUA Certification in the medical field. She joined Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca in 2010 and has been part of numerous competitions and participations including Wonders of México El Espectáculo. She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because she believes that her Hispanic Culture in Folklore should be passed down to new generations and not be left in the past. Hispanic generations should know the meaning of their roots, their history and expressing culture through dance is a great way to teach scholars.



Alex Geiger

College Readiness Advisor

Mr. Geiger is originally from North Little Rock, Arkansas and is a College Readiness Advisor at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and received his degree in Family Studies & Gerontology. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. Prior to his role as College Readiness Advisor, he served as the Choral Music Teacher at Central High School and recently served at Tulsa Honor Academy as a Teaching Apprentice. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the opportunity to walk alongside scholars and their families in a very crucial stage of their academic career.

Cameron Good

Math Teacher

Miss Good is originally from Charlotte, NC and is a 5th grade math teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her degree in Organizational Behavior and Spanish. She is a 2022 Teach For America corps member, and is so excited to join the THA Familia because of her love for spending time with children and her passion for working towards educational equity in our country.

Kathleen Grundy

English Language Development Teacher

Kathleen Grundy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with her B.A. in Spanish. She is a proud Puerto Rican and enjoys working with English Learners in the English Language Development program. She has a passion for linguistics and multilingual communities. She is thrilled to be part of the THA Familia where culture and language is celebrated.

Evelyn Gutierrez Moore

English Language Development Teacher

Evelyn Gutierrez Moore is originally from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and is an ELD Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated of Ana G. Mendez University, Dallas Campus and received her Business Administration degree in Management. As a Bilingual professional, she has the honor to help the Spanish community with English/ Spanish translation, has worked with outreach, volunteer work,  has and continue to assist with English tutoring and has experience building strong relationship within the Spanish community.  She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because THA thrives to help scholars achieve their dreams and inspire each scholar to be successful.

Nena Harper

English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Harper was born in Oklahoma, but left the state at age 7. She returned in early 2020 with the intention to stay only a few months. Well, this will be her 3rd year at Tulsa Honor Academy! She is fortunate enough to be teaching one of her favorite subjects: ELA! Her ultimate dream is to serve as an advocate for women, children, and youth on an international scale. She feels privileged to be a part of the THA Familia because THA’s mission speaks to the heart of her passion to equip young people with the means and encouragement to triumph over adversity, meet and surpass their goals, and make a positive contribution to their world.

Megan Hayes Samuels

Art Teacher

Ms. Samuels was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Tulsa. She is a middle school art teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. Ms. Samuels is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her bachelor's in General Studies with a double minor in Studio Art. She recently moved from Dallas where she worked at a Montessori school as an assistant teacher and taught some art classes. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she wants every student to discover their creativity and truly believe that they are an artist capable of creating beautiful masterpieces.

Kelse Hernandez

Operations Coordinator

Mrs. Hernandez is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Tulsa Technology Center as Certified Nurse Assistant. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia as an Operations Coordinator.

Vanessa Hernandez

Teacher Apprentice

Vanessa Hernandez is originally from Tulsa, Ok and is a Teacher Apprentice at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Tulsa Technology Center and received her Certification in Legal Office. She is currently working to earn her associate's degree at Tulsa Community College in Spanish and then will continue her education to receive her bachelor's degree in Spanish Education. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she sets an example for scholars to reach their ultimate goal to graduate and become someone successful in life.

Whitley Hughes

Science Teacher

Whitley Hughes was born and raised in Claremore, OK. She attended Claremore Sequoyah schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. She graduated from Rogers State University in Claremore with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Conservation in May of 2017. She will be teaching 6th grade science at THA. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because this is a new and exciting experience for her.

Jalessa Hurd

Instructional Manager

Jalessa Hurd, originally from Ashdown, AR, has passionately pursued education reform and equity throughout her career in Tulsa. While attending Pepperdine University and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, her love of educational equity began to grow as she taught in preschools with Jumpstart. During that time, Jalessa also joined the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, where she secured funding through grant writing and organizing fundraising events to ensure transportation for students to educational partnerships throughout Washington, D.C. After graduating in 2017, she moved to Tulsa to continue her devotion to education with Teach For America as a fourth grade teacher at Celia Clinton Elementary. Jalessa then joined Reading Partners as a Program Manager in 2019 to further her journey of educational justice through encouraging a love of reading with students by empowering community volunteerism. While in Tulsa, she met her fiancé and has 2 sons. Now she is very proud to continue to be part of the THA Familia as an ELA Instructional Manager to further devote herself to educational equity and reform.


Brighton Huynh

English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Huynh is originally from Houston, Texas and is the 6th Grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union and received his degree in civil engineering. His writing expertise mainly comes from technical and policy writing, but he enjoys exploring the intricacies of different forms of writing. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of language's potential for transformative growth at a transitory age.

Gustavo Ibarra

Director of Finance and Accountability

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 Director of Finance and Accountability. Mr. Ibarra graduated in 2011 from Oklahoma State University with his B.S. in International Business and his master's in Business Administration in 2022 from Northeastern State University.

Charity Jeffords

English Language Arts Teacher

Mrs. Jeffords is originally from Somerset, Kentucky and is the 7th Grade ELA teacher at THA Flores Middle School. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she studied Secondary English Education and received a major in General Studies and a minor in English. Mrs. Jeffords is an AmeriCorps ATEAM alum where she served full time as an in class reading and math tutor at both the elementary and high school levels. She joins us in Tulsa with Teach For America and is excited for her second year teaching here at Tulsa Honor Academy where she can be part of the THA Familia.


Sarah Jewett

Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Jewett is originally from Pittsburg, KS and is a PE teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and is working towards her master’s degree in Sport & Leisure Service Management. This will be Ms. Jewett’s fourth year teaching, and her second year at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because the scholars and parents are a great team to be a part of! She is looking forward to another year of helping scholars achieve their health & wellness goals.


Shelby Jones

Science Teacher

Ms. Jones is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a 7th grade science teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degrees in Economics. Ms. Jones has taught fifth and sixth grade math and science. Last year, she taught at THA High School. She is excited to return for her second year with THA and continue to be a part of the THA Familia.

Emilee Joshi

Assistant Principal of Operations

Mrs. Joshi is from Duncan, OK and is the Assistant Principal of Operations at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. She is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a bachelor's in Psychology. She also graduated from Oklahoma State University with a masters in Political Science. This is her fourth year at THA.


Ashia Kruithof

Assistant Principal of Operations

Mrs. Kruithof is originally from Carson, California and is the Assistant Principal of Operations at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She is a graduate of The George Washington University and received her bachelor's in Mathematics. She received her Master of Education with a focus in Mathematic Education. Mrs. Kruithof has 6 years of teaching experience.


Blake Kruithof

Math Teacher

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 pre-calculus and AP calculus at THA High School.

Whitney Lee Moeller

Music Teacher

Whitney Lee Moeller is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and serves as a music teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received her BME in vocal and instrumental education. She then received her MA from the University of Central Missouri in Music Education with emphasis in choral conducting. She has several years of experience directing choirs as well as providing individual instruction on voice, piano, and french horn to students of all ages. She also serves as a staff singer for St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she hopes to lay the foundation for a thriving choral and instrumental program for years to come.

Anna Lenardson

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Lenardson is originally from Jackson, Michigan and is the U.S. Government & AP Government teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Ashford University and received her degree in Social Sciences and Education. Ms. Lenardson was selected as the James Madison Fellow for Oklahoma in 2020 and as a fellow will complete her master's degree in American History and Government in 2023. She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because she loves new challenges and adventures and thrives in an atmosphere devoted to high standards, community, and acceptance.

Kirk Linam

Math Teacher

Mr. Linam is from Fort Smith, Arkansas and is a 7th Grade Math teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received his degree in Political Science. Mr. Linam has extensive campaign experience using data and statistical methods and has studied voter mobilization strategies using math and science. He is excited to be part of such a close tight-knit team at THA and to work with families and students to achieve their goals.

Sarah Luna

Instructional Manager

Ms. Sarah Luna is originally from Tulsa, OK and is an Instructional Manager at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Luna has worked in education for over 15 years. She has taught, coached new teachers, and worked as a principal. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she believes in the mission.

Sailaja Mandalapu

Science Teacher

Dr. Sailaja Mandalapu is originally from India. She graduated from Periyar University with a master’s degree in Biochemistry and later received her PhD in Biochemistry from Georg August University, Goettingen in Germany. She moved to the U.S. and continued her work in research as a postdoc at Rutgers University in NJ and Delaware State University. She has worked in various fields of research like Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Developmental Biology & Neuroscience. After 12 years in research, she decided to change her career and focus on teaching. She worked at Delaware Technical Community College as an adjunct Biology instructor before joining THA. She is in her second year of teaching at THA and is very happy to be part of it.

Maria Manzini

Teacher Apprentice

Ms. Maria Manzini has been living in Tulsa for about 30 years. She is a Teacher Apprentice at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a student at Northeastern State University where she is completing her degree in General Studies. She is exceptionally excited to join the THA Familia because she wants to be an active participant in the role of education within her community.

Samantha Markley

College Readiness Manager

Ms. Markley calls Florida her home state but was born in Ohio. She is the College Readiness Manager for Tulsa Honor Academy. In 2015, she graduated from Florida State University with a B.A in Secondary Education and graduated from Christian Brothers University with an M.A in Education in 2017. She began her education career as a 2015 corps member for Teacher For America in Memphis, TN where she taught 7th and 8th grade History. Two years later, she moved to Nashville, TN to teach 9th-12th grade History and Seminar. While teaching Seminar, she found her passion for College and Career Readiness and has spent the past four years helping scholars develop their individual career plans and seeing them walk out their goals. She is so ecstatic to work alongside THA scholars, families, and staff to assist in the pursuit of their goals after high school.

Itzel Mayorga

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Mayorga is originally from Los Angeles and is the World History Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated from UCSD with a B.A in Political Science. Along with researching International and American politics, she has also studied gender and race theory. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she believes in the potential of each and every one of our students.

Emily McWhirt

Principal

Mrs. Mcwhirt is originally from Richmond, Virginia and is the Principal at Tulsa Honor Academy Flores Middle School. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and received her degree in Nutrition Communication. Mrs. McWhirt began her career in education with Teach For America as a 7th grade teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She continued to teach 6th and 7th grade in Houston, Texas eventually becoming Middle School Dean of Students. She and her family have returned to Tulsa after spending time in Phoenix, Arizona where Mrs. McWhirt was an Assistant Principal of Culture at an elementary school. In her spare time, Mrs. McWhirt enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of her passion for working with the Tulsa community and helping all scholars and families achieve their goals.

Woodrow McWhirt

Behavior Interventionist

Colin Medwick

Math Teacher

Mr. Medwick is originally from Hawthorne, New Jersey and is an 8th Grade Math Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of The George Washington University where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics. Mr. Medwick's math background has been based mostly in statistics with a focus on how they are used in public policy and healthcare.

Eddie Mercado

Operations Coordinator

Eddie Mercado was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Epic Charter School and attended Tulsa Technology Center where he took and completed the courses of computer and network support and mobile app development. As much love as Mr. Mercado has for technology, he decided to start a new opportunity and join the THA Familia where he currently works as an Operations Coordinator.



Emily Modaff

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Modaff is a Tulsa native and the Social Studies Teacher for 6th and 8th grade at THA Flores Middle School. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2021, with a degree in History with a focus on United States History .Ms. Modaff has worked with youth in some capacity for over 10 years. It wasn’t until she started back to university in 2018 that she realized she was meant to be a teacher (as most of the patrons of comedy clubs didn’t understand her history jokes). Ms. Modaff particularly enjoys learning more about the history of Tulsa, Route 66, and Oklahoma. She Is excited to begin her second year with the THA Familia so that she can continue to contribute to the community of East Tulsa in an impactful and meaningful way.


Jonathan Mondragon

English Language Arts Teacher

Jonathan Mondragon is originally from El Paso, Texas and is an 8th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and received his degree in Political Science with a concentration on the Politics of the Law and a minor in Philosophy of Language. After COVID struck and changed our lives forever, he sought a career change in 2021, where he could help others and better his community. He is a proud Chicano and literacy teacher that strives to teach through world events and literature where scholars are able to see and represent themselves. Even though he is a proud El Paso native, he considers Tulsa his new home.

Jennifer Monrreal

Operations Coordinator

Jennifer Monrreal is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is an Operations Coordinator at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate from Will Rogers College High School and also from Tulsa Technology Center where she received her diploma for Cosmetology. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the new opportunities that come with it!

Jennifer Moreno

Operations Coordinator

Jennifer Moreno is originally from Pensacola, Florida but raised in Reserve, Louisiana. She is a Operations Coordinator at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She graduated from East Central High School and is currently attending Tulsa Community College seeking her associate's degree in Business Administration. She loves spending her time directing youth at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, which is where she discovered her passion for advising and working with adolescents. She also is part of the Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca and likes to dance in her free time. She is grateful to be part of the Tulsa Honor Academy Familia and looks forward to continue working for our scholars and their families.

Hannah Mueller

Math Teacher

Ms. Mueller is originally from Joplin, MO and is the 6th Grade Math Teacher at THA Flores Middle School. She is an alumna of The University of Tulsa, where she earned a degree in mathematics. One of her greatest joys is scholars realizing they have the skills and understanding to solve problems and conquer challenges. She is excited to return for her second year at THA because of the school's unwavering standards for excellence.


Joe Mvula

Math Teacher

Mr. Mvula is originally from Lusaka, Zambia and is the mathematics teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College and received his degree in Mathematics. Mr. Mvula has been teaching, and tutoring for over 4 years. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because teaching is a form of giving back to the community and THA's mission and vision.

Katherine Norris

Science Teacher

Katherine Norris is originally from West Monroe, Louisiana, and is a middle school science teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Nicholls State University and received her BS degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. She is currently getting her MA in Teaching through Grand Canyon University. Katherine worked as a special education paraprofessional in Temple, Texas, for two years. Then she taught 4th grade math and science for a year before moving to Oklahoma. She is excited to be a part of THA Familia because she gets to be a part of a community that believes in all students and does whatever it takes to ensure student success.

Lauren Parker

English Language Arts Teacher

Lauren Parker is originally from Sapulpa, Oklahoma and is an English Language Arts Teacher at THA. She received her Master’s in English Literature from the University of Central Oklahoma specializing in 20th and 21st Century Literature. She has been an English Instructor at Tulsa Community college since 2017. She is thrilled to join the THA Familia and share her love for the magic of words.


Chrissy Parker

Student Supports Teacher

Chrissy Parker is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a Student Supports Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Langston University and received her degree in agriculture business. She has taught at the elementary and middle school levels for 4 years. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because we value our students and families and support each other to get the best.

Madison Pass

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Pass is originally from Tulsa and is the U.S. History teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology. Ms. Pass has also taught Chemistry. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia to help push each and every scholar to their highest potential.

Bonnie Patocka

PLTW Teacher

Bonnie Patocka was born and raised in the panhandle of Oklahoma on a wheat farm near Guymon. She began her career working in telecommunications for Rockwell International in Dallas, Texas. She transitioned to teaching and worked for TPS at Edison High School and Tulsa Community College. After her children were grown, she taught at private schools, homeschool co-ops, and private tutoring. She began teaching for Tulsa Honor Academy in the fall of 2018.

Ms. Patocka graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in 1988 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.



Griselda Perez

Teacher Apprentice

Elsie Urueta Pollock

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Elsie Urueta Pollock is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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.

Steven Ramos

English Language Development Manager

Steven Ramos, is originally from New York, NY, and is the English Language Development Manager of Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, where he received his M.Div. and his Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL). He is excited to be a part of THA's mission to prepare 100% of its scholars to be college ready, especially those who are growing in the English proficiency.


Desirea Rector

Behavior Interventionist

Ms. Rector is originally from Tulsa and is a Behavior Interventionist at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She is currently enrolled at NSU and will receive a bachelor's in Business Administration and minor in Psychology.  She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she loves to make a difference and impact in the lives of families and in the community.


Jose Reyes

Spanish Teacher

Mr. Reyes is originally from Colima, Mexico and is a Spanish Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Colima and received his degree in Foreign Languages.

Jasmany Rocha

PLTW Teacher

Mr. Rocha is originally from Miami, Florida and is a High School PLTW Computer Science Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University where he received his degree in Computer Science. Mr. Rocha worked as a Software Engineer for 20 years where he specialized in Web Application Security and Database Administration. Mr. Rocha is eager to start this year to help high school students discover their potential and their hidden computing talents.


Morgan Roper

Science Teacher

Ms. Roper is originally from Tulsa, OK and is the AP Psychology/ Speech and Debate teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degree in Psychology. Ms. Roper took 2 years of American Sign Language and loves to learn about the deaf community. Most importantly, she is passionate about psychology and is interested in learning more from people and their experiences. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because they offer great principles for their students and lead them towards the path of success.

Bynum Russell

Math Teacher

Mr. Russell is originally from Tulsa, OK and is a Math Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of University of Oklahoma and received his degree in Psychology with a minor in History. He is excited to be part of the THA Familia because he wants to make a positive impact on scholars and teach them about the importance of mathematics in our everyday lives.

Reina Sanchez

Operations Coordinator

Ms. Sanchez is from Tulsa, OK and is the Operations Coordinator at THA Flores Middle School. She graduated from Dove Science Academy and is currently pursing a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science at OSU-Tulsa. Volunteering with Reading Partners fostered her passion for children's development. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she believes in THA's mission on equitable education to ensure our scholars get to and through college.

Aireka Shaw

Academic Intervention Associate

Ms. Shaw is originally from Richardson, TX and is an Academic Intervention Associate at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Tulsa Central High School and is a current student at Tulsa Community College working towards her bachelor's degree in Human and Health performance. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the love, joy and the success she wishes to give to all her students.

Kimberly Siftar

Science Teacher

Mrs. Kimberly Siftar is excited to be teaching Chemistry/AP Chemistry at Tulsa Honor Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and her master's degree in Teaching from Texas Woman's University.  Mrs. Siftar began her career in Recruiting where she worked in both corporate and agency roles before transitioning into education. She joined Tulsa Honor Academy in 2019 and has taught Physics and Chemistry during her tenure. Mrs. Siftar was Tulsa Honor Academy's Teacher of the Year in 2021. She has a passion for Chemistry and STEM education and is excited to continue working with scholars and families this school year!


Matthew Sparrow

English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Sparrow is an Ohio native who grew up as a missionary kid in Quito, Ecuador, and is the 11th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Taylor University and received his degree in English Writing and Psychology. Mr. Sparrow has taught and coached for 23 years on three different continents, and most recently served as the Athletic Director at Mingo Valley Christian School. He is thrilled to be a part of the THA Familia because he has a passion to help students develop a love of language, learning, and life. If you spend five minutes with him, you're bound to hear something about his four beloved children.

Erik Steger

Science Teacher

Erik Steger grew up in Tulsa. He has worked with children for well over 10 years but began formally working in Education as a paraprofessional for elementary students at Jenks in 2013. He taught 4th and 5th grade Math at Collegiate Hall and has taught Science for five years at Tulsa Honor Academy. Mr. Steger served as the Dean of Students for THA for one year and has been thrilled to return to the classroom again to teach 5th Grade Science.

Mr. Steger graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Health Education and Promotion along with a Child Development Associate credential.

Bethany Stewart

Upper School STEM Teacher

Bethany Stewart is from Broken Arrow and is the a middle school STEM teacher at THA. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Stare University and received her BS in Zoology/Pre-Vet. After graduating college, Ms. Stewart interned as a large carnivore keeper at a big cat sanctuary in Arkansas. After, she went to work as a zookeeper and educator in the Tulsa Zoo’s education department. She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because she is passionate about the application of science and is excited to teach the next generation of scholars.

Kelly Stiller Titchener

Social Studies Teacher

Kelly Stiller Titchener grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned two bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Political Science. She further continued her studies at Oklahoma State University, earning a master's degree in Geography. Mrs. Titchener enjoys traveling abroad (especially throughout Latin America) and spent a few years living in Spain. She has taught Human Geography at Rogers State University for the past 11 years. Mrs. Titchener is excited to be a part of the THA Familia in her first year as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher at THA.

Tracy Sudduth

Student Supports Paraprofessional

Mrs. Sudduth is originally from Salina, Oklahoma and is a Student Supports Paraprofessional at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Northeastern State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program at NSU. She loves to work with those who have a dual diagnosis of intellectual disabilities and mental illness. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the dedication toward the success of the scholars.

Deborah Swinford

Art Teacher

Ms. Swinford is originally from Central New York and is the Art Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a bachelor's degree with double majors in Fine Arts and Chemistry. Ms. Swinford has over 30 years experience working in the educational field as a teacher, coach and executive director. She has also worked as a full time artist, having her work displayed at art shows around the country. She is thrilled to be part of the THA Familia and to share her love of art with the scholars while helping them grow as artists and creative thinkers.

Tyron Taylor

Upper School PE Teacher

Tyron Taylor was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa and received his BS degree in Health and Human Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. After graduating from NSU in 2000, Mr. Taylor began to find his passion in fitness when he joined the staff at St. John's Health Club as a fitness instructor. For the next 12 years, Mr. Taylor began to hone his skills as a motivator, personal trainer and advocate for health and wellness. In 2013, Mr. Taylor left corporate fitness and become an entrepreneur when he launched Taylor Made Fitness, LLC working as a contract Personal Trainer out of multiple gyms in Tulsa. Mr. Taylor developed his unique style of personal training by focusing on great customer service, building trustful relationships, and paying close attention to detail. Over the years, Mr. Taylor has worked with a wide range of individuals but he is now more focused on youth and how to establish healthy behaviors early on as they grow into adulthood. He looks forward to sharing his passion for health and fitness and using it as a tool to teach students life skills through excellence, teamwork, integrity, and hustle.


Renee Thelen

Math Teacher

Renee Thelen grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. This is her second year as a sixth grade math teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy.


Joi Toliver

Student Supports Teacher

Joi Toliver is originally from Los Angeles, California but calls Coffeyville, KS home. She is a Student Supports Teacher for Tulsa Honor Academy. Ms. Toliver is a graduate of Howard University and received her bachelor's degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Human Development. She has worked as an educator for the last 18 years and is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she loves to be a conduit for positive change for young people. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Social Work because Ms. Toliver plans to become a therapist "when she grows up". :-)


Katie Triplett

Music Teacher

Katie Triplett is originally from Catoosa, Oklahoma and is the music teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She is a graduate of The University of Tulsa where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor in Spanish. Katie has been teaching private music lessons for over a decade, and regularly performs jazz and popular music in the Tulsa area. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the strong, heartfelt commitment to our scholars.

Jason Veach

Principal

Mr. Veach is originally from St. Louis, MO and is the High School Principal at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Norwich University and received his master's degree in Executive Leadership. Mr. Veach is excited to be a part of the THA Familia and assist our High School scholars as they prepare to enter college.

Debbie Watts

Federal Grants Coordinator

Debbie Watts is originally from McAlester, Oklahoma and is currently the Federal Grants Coordinator at Tulsa Honor Academy.  She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received her bachelor's degree in Music (Flute Performance) with a minor in History.  She received her master's in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and worked on a Doctorate in Public Health in Environmental Science there as well.  She studied Biomedicine at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine immediately prior to her employment at THA. Her background includes 23 years with the Tulsa Health Department, where she supervised and managed in the Food Protection Program. There, in addition to general managerial responsibilities, she trained and mentored new employees, wrote and managed federal grants and compliance with the National Retail Food Program Standards, participated in the Food-Borne Illness Response Committee, and reviewed and coordinated the Plan Review/Construction program for new and remodeled businesses. She attained certifications through the Food and Drug Association, was a Mentor with the National Association of City-County Health Departments, a Councilperson and Officer with the national Council for Food Protection, and was a Fellow of the CDC Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she wants share her vast knowledge of Public Health with the school to protect and prevent illness, and make a safe learning environment for all the Scholars, Faculty and Staff.

Jessyca Williams

Student Supports Manager

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.


Bryan Williams

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Bryan Williams is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma and is the 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. He is a graduate of Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received his BA in History. While living 19 years in Louisiana, Mr. Williams worked as an asset based positive youth development worker, mental health counselor, and Hip-Hop Educator, creating after school programs for youth interested in arts in education. Mr. Williams is excited to bring his past experiences to THA and looks forward to the opportunity to mold the future citizens of our community.

Amanda Yuen

Chief Operations Officer

Ms. Yuen is originally from Tulsa and is the Chief Operations Officer 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 constantly improve.

6TH GRADE Staff

Brittnee Buck

Lower School Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Buck is originally from Hammond, Indiana and is a Social Studies Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She obtained degrees from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing an additional degree from Western Governors University. Ms. Buck was called to and built for the sphere of education. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because it is another opportunity to be part of her students journey of learning!

Thomas Caddell

Science Teacher

Mr. Caddell is originally from Norwalk, California and is a 6th Grade Science Teacher. He graduated from Northwood University with honors. Mr. Caddell served in the Army with two tours to Iraq. He is excited to be part of THA teaching his favorite subject!

Brighton Huynh

English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Huynh is originally from Houston, Texas and is the 6th Grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union and received his degree in civil engineering. His writing expertise mainly comes from technical and policy writing, but he enjoys exploring the intricacies of different forms of writing. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of language's potential for transformative growth at a transitory age.

Renee Thelen

Math Teacher

Renee Thelen grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. This is her second year as a sixth grade math teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy.


7th Grade Staff

Katelyn Callahan

English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Callahan is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a 7th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received her degree in Multidisciplinary Studies focusing on English literature and secondary teaching. During her undergraduate degree, Ms. Callahan spent six months in the UK studying modern literature in its birthplace. Along with her love for literature, Ms. Callahan cares deeply for students and strives to help them find their voice inside and outside the classroom. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she is passionate about education, equity, and teaching students to self-advocate.

Shelby Jones

Science Teacher

Ms. Jones is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a 7th grade science teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degrees in Economics. Ms. Jones has taught fifth and sixth grade math and science. Last year, she taught at THA High School. She is excited to return for her second year with THA and continue to be a part of the THA Familia.

Whitney Lee Moeller

Music Teacher

Whitney Lee Moeller is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and serves as a music teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received her BME in vocal and instrumental education. She then received her MA from the University of Central Missouri in Music Education with emphasis in choral conducting. She has several years of experience directing choirs as well as providing individual instruction on voice, piano, and french horn to students of all ages. She also serves as a staff singer for St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she hopes to lay the foundation for a thriving choral and instrumental program for years to come.

Kirk Linam

Math Teacher

Mr. Linam is from Fort Smith, Arkansas and is a 7th Grade Math teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received his degree in Political Science. Mr. Linam has extensive campaign experience using data and statistical methods and has studied voter mobilization strategies using math and science. He is excited to be part of such a close tight-knit team at THA and to work with families and students to achieve their goals.

Bethany Stewart

Upper School STEM Teacher

Bethany Stewart is from Broken Arrow and is the a middle school STEM teacher at THA. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Stare University and received her BS in Zoology/Pre-Vet. After graduating college, Ms. Stewart interned as a large carnivore keeper at a big cat sanctuary in Arkansas. After, she went to work as a zookeeper and educator in the Tulsa Zoo’s education department. She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because she is passionate about the application of science and is excited to teach the next generation of scholars.

Kelly Stiller Titchener

Social Studies Teacher

Kelly Stiller Titchener grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned two bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Political Science. She further continued her studies at Oklahoma State University, earning a master's degree in Geography. Mrs. Titchener enjoys traveling abroad (especially throughout Latin America) and spent a few years living in Spain. She has taught Human Geography at Rogers State University for the past 11 years. Mrs. Titchener is excited to be a part of the THA Familia in her first year as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher at THA.

INSTRUCTIONAL Staff

Rebekah Applegate

English Language Arts Teacher

Miss Rebekah Applegate is a Tulsa native and is the 10th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate from Oral Roberts University where she received her BA in Youth Ministry in 2020. After graduating, Miss Applegate spent a year of service with City Year Tulsa. Before coming to THA, Miss Applegate taught middle school social studies in Tulsa Public Schools. She is so excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she gets to continue to support student success while joining a supportive and equitable community.

Kerry Bonaparte

Science Teacher

Mr. Bonaparte is originally from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist and Crown College. He received master degrees in General Education and specialized in Curriculum Development. He brings more than fifteen years of teaching experience to the THA Familia. He is excited to teach and motivate scholars within THA.

Josh Cirbo

Physical Education Teacher

Josh Cirbo is originally from Thornton Colorado and is a Physical Education Teacher at THA High School. He is a graduate of Metro State University and received his degree in K-12 Physical Education. This is his second year at THA and will be his second year of teaching as well. He will also coach the basketball team for THA this year. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the culture and the commitment to success of the scholars and teachers.


Mark Freudenheim

English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Freudenheim began his teaching career in 2009 in Tulsa with Teach For America's inaugural Tulsa Corps where he taught middle school science. He subsequently attended the University of Tulsa College of Law, graduating with highest honors, and practiced law as a litigator for several years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University, majoring in French Literature and Sociology. While in college, Mr. Freudenheim was also a competitive policy debater and studied abroad at the University of Paris. Mr. Freudenheim returns to the classroom to teach a rigorous literature curriculum.

Silvia Gallegos

Teacher Apprentice & Ballet Folklórico Coach

Originally from Calvillo Aguascalientes,  México and is a Teacher Apprentice & Ballet Folklorico Coach at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated from TCC and received AUA Certification in the medical field. She joined Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca in 2010 and has been part of numerous competitions and participations including Wonders of México El Espectáculo. She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because she believes that her Hispanic Culture in Folklore should be passed down to new generations and not be left in the past. Hispanic generations should know the meaning of their roots, their history and expressing culture through dance is a great way to teach scholars.



Evelyn Gutierrez Moore

English Language Development Teacher

Evelyn Gutierrez Moore is originally from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and is an ELD Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated of Ana G. Mendez University, Dallas Campus and received her Business Administration degree in Management. As a Bilingual professional, she has the honor to help the Spanish community with English/ Spanish translation, has worked with outreach, volunteer work,  has and continue to assist with English tutoring and has experience building strong relationship within the Spanish community.  She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because THA thrives to help scholars achieve their dreams and inspire each scholar to be successful.

Sarah Jewett

Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Jewett is originally from Pittsburg, KS and is a PE teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and is working towards her master’s degree in Sport & Leisure Service Management. This will be Ms. Jewett’s fourth year teaching, and her second year at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because the scholars and parents are a great team to be a part of! She is looking forward to another year of helping scholars achieve their health & wellness goals.


Blake Kruithof

Math Teacher

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 pre-calculus and AP calculus at THA High School.

Anna Lenardson

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Lenardson is originally from Jackson, Michigan and is the U.S. Government & AP Government teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Ashford University and received her degree in Social Sciences and Education. Ms. Lenardson was selected as the James Madison Fellow for Oklahoma in 2020 and as a fellow will complete her master's degree in American History and Government in 2023. She is excited to be part of the THA Familia because she loves new challenges and adventures and thrives in an atmosphere devoted to high standards, community, and acceptance.

Sailaja Mandalapu

Science Teacher

Dr. Sailaja Mandalapu is originally from India. She graduated from Periyar University with a master’s degree in Biochemistry and later received her PhD in Biochemistry from Georg August University, Goettingen in Germany. She moved to the U.S. and continued her work in research as a postdoc at Rutgers University in NJ and Delaware State University. She has worked in various fields of research like Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Developmental Biology & Neuroscience. After 12 years in research, she decided to change her career and focus on teaching. She worked at Delaware Technical Community College as an adjunct Biology instructor before joining THA. She is in her second year of teaching at THA and is very happy to be part of it.

Itzel Mayorga

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Mayorga is originally from Los Angeles and is the World History Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated from UCSD with a B.A in Political Science. Along with researching International and American politics, she has also studied gender and race theory. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she believes in the potential of each and every one of our students.

Joe Mvula

Math Teacher

Mr. Mvula is originally from Lusaka, Zambia and is the mathematics teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College and received his degree in Mathematics. Mr. Mvula has been teaching, and tutoring for over 4 years. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because teaching is a form of giving back to the community and THA's mission and vision.

Lauren Parker

English Language Arts Teacher

Lauren Parker is originally from Sapulpa, Oklahoma and is an English Language Arts Teacher at THA. She received her Master’s in English Literature from the University of Central Oklahoma specializing in 20th and 21st Century Literature. She has been an English Instructor at Tulsa Community college since 2017. She is thrilled to join the THA Familia and share her love for the magic of words.


Madison Pass

Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Pass is originally from Tulsa and is the U.S. History teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology. Ms. Pass has also taught Chemistry. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia to help push each and every scholar to their highest potential.

Bonnie Patocka

PLTW Teacher

Bonnie Patocka was born and raised in the panhandle of Oklahoma on a wheat farm near Guymon. She began her career working in telecommunications for Rockwell International in Dallas, Texas. She transitioned to teaching and worked for TPS at Edison High School and Tulsa Community College. After her children were grown, she taught at private schools, homeschool co-ops, and private tutoring. She began teaching for Tulsa Honor Academy in the fall of 2018.

Ms. Patocka graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in 1988 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.



Griselda Perez

Teacher Apprentice

Jose Reyes

Spanish Teacher

Mr. Reyes is originally from Colima, Mexico and is a Spanish Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Colima and received his degree in Foreign Languages.

Jasmany Rocha

PLTW Teacher

Mr. Rocha is originally from Miami, Florida and is a High School PLTW Computer Science Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University where he received his degree in Computer Science. Mr. Rocha worked as a Software Engineer for 20 years where he specialized in Web Application Security and Database Administration. Mr. Rocha is eager to start this year to help high school students discover their potential and their hidden computing talents.


Morgan Roper

Science Teacher

Ms. Roper is originally from Tulsa, OK and is the AP Psychology/ Speech and Debate teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degree in Psychology. Ms. Roper took 2 years of American Sign Language and loves to learn about the deaf community. Most importantly, she is passionate about psychology and is interested in learning more from people and their experiences. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because they offer great principles for their students and lead them towards the path of success.

Kimberly Siftar

Science Teacher

Mrs. Kimberly Siftar is excited to be teaching Chemistry/AP Chemistry at Tulsa Honor Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and her master's degree in Teaching from Texas Woman's University.  Mrs. Siftar began her career in Recruiting where she worked in both corporate and agency roles before transitioning into education. She joined Tulsa Honor Academy in 2019 and has taught Physics and Chemistry during her tenure. Mrs. Siftar was Tulsa Honor Academy's Teacher of the Year in 2021. She has a passion for Chemistry and STEM education and is excited to continue working with scholars and families this school year!


Matthew Sparrow

English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Sparrow is an Ohio native who grew up as a missionary kid in Quito, Ecuador, and is the 11th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Taylor University and received his degree in English Writing and Psychology. Mr. Sparrow has taught and coached for 23 years on three different continents, and most recently served as the Athletic Director at Mingo Valley Christian School. He is thrilled to be a part of the THA Familia because he has a passion to help students develop a love of language, learning, and life. If you spend five minutes with him, you're bound to hear something about his four beloved children.

Deborah Swinford

Art Teacher

Ms. Swinford is originally from Central New York and is the Art Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a bachelor's degree with double majors in Fine Arts and Chemistry. Ms. Swinford has over 30 years experience working in the educational field as a teacher, coach and executive director. She has also worked as a full time artist, having her work displayed at art shows around the country. She is thrilled to be part of the THA Familia and to share her love of art with the scholars while helping them grow as artists and creative thinkers.

Joi Toliver

Student Supports Teacher

Joi Toliver is originally from Los Angeles, California but calls Coffeyville, KS home. She is a Student Supports Teacher for Tulsa Honor Academy. Ms. Toliver is a graduate of Howard University and received her bachelor's degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Human Development. She has worked as an educator for the last 18 years and is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she loves to be a conduit for positive change for young people. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Social Work because Ms. Toliver plans to become a therapist "when she grows up". :-)


Katie Triplett

Music Teacher

Katie Triplett is originally from Catoosa, Oklahoma and is the music teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy High School. She is a graduate of The University of Tulsa where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor in Spanish. Katie has been teaching private music lessons for over a decade, and regularly performs jazz and popular music in the Tulsa area. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the strong, heartfelt commitment to our scholars.

8th Grade Staff

Gloria Conner

Science Teacher

Ms. Conner is originally from Gilbert, Louisiana and is an 8th Grade Science Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Western Governors University and received her degree in Elementary Education. She taught Pre-K for 10 years and enjoys teaching. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she admires the company’s work ethic and collaborative spirit.

Colin Medwick

Math Teacher

Mr. Medwick is originally from Hawthorne, New Jersey and is an 8th Grade Math Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of The George Washington University where he studied Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics. Mr. Medwick's math background has been based mostly in statistics with a focus on how they are used in public policy and healthcare.

Jonathan Mondragon

English Language Arts Teacher

Jonathan Mondragon is originally from El Paso, Texas and is an 8th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and received his degree in Political Science with a concentration on the Politics of the Law and a minor in Philosophy of Language. After COVID struck and changed our lives forever, he sought a career change in 2021, where he could help others and better his community. He is a proud Chicano and literacy teacher that strives to teach through world events and literature where scholars are able to see and represent themselves. Even though he is a proud El Paso native, he considers Tulsa his new home.

Tyron Taylor

Upper School PE Teacher

Tyron Taylor was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa and received his BS degree in Health and Human Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. After graduating from NSU in 2000, Mr. Taylor began to find his passion in fitness when he joined the staff at St. John's Health Club as a fitness instructor. For the next 12 years, Mr. Taylor began to hone his skills as a motivator, personal trainer and advocate for health and wellness. In 2013, Mr. Taylor left corporate fitness and become an entrepreneur when he launched Taylor Made Fitness, LLC working as a contract Personal Trainer out of multiple gyms in Tulsa. Mr. Taylor developed his unique style of personal training by focusing on great customer service, building trustful relationships, and paying close attention to detail. Over the years, Mr. Taylor has worked with a wide range of individuals but he is now more focused on youth and how to establish healthy behaviors early on as they grow into adulthood. He looks forward to sharing his passion for health and fitness and using it as a tool to teach students life skills through excellence, teamwork, integrity, and hustle.


Bryan Williams

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Bryan Williams is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma and is the 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. He is a graduate of Southern University A&M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he received his BA in History. While living 19 years in Louisiana, Mr. Williams worked as an asset based positive youth development worker, mental health counselor, and Hip-Hop Educator, creating after school programs for youth interested in arts in education. Mr. Williams is excited to bring his past experiences to THA and looks forward to the opportunity to mold the future citizens of our community.

STUDENT SUPPORTS & OPERATIONS STAFF

Mandy Channel

Student Supports Teacher

Mandy Channel is originally from Fayetteville, AR and is a Student Supports Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She has worked with students ages 6 weeks to 17 years, in various capacities, for over 30 years.  Her philosophy maintains all students have exceptional abilities which should be celebrated and fostered to become life-long learners. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia where she will guide scholars in the development of strong academics and focus on character to successfully achieve excellence and become contributing members of society.

Michael Ellis

Behavior Interventionist

Michael Ellis is originally from Ada, Oklahoma and is a Behavior Interventionist at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate from East Central University and received her bachelor's in Kinesiology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She is continuing her education in Behavior Analysis to continue her work in helping create an environment for positive behavior changes in schools. She has experience working with children and adolescents in clinical, community, and school settings. She has a passion for working in schools and working with the community to create a positive learning experience.

Kathleen Grundy

English Language Development Teacher

Kathleen Grundy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with her B.A. in Spanish. She is a proud Puerto Rican and enjoys working with English Learners in the English Language Development program. She has a passion for linguistics and multilingual communities. She is thrilled to be part of the THA Familia where culture and language is celebrated.

Maria Manzini

Teacher Apprentice

Ms. Maria Manzini has been living in Tulsa for about 30 years. She is a Teacher Apprentice at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a student at Northeastern State University where she is completing her degree in General Studies. She is exceptionally excited to join the THA Familia because she wants to be an active participant in the role of education within her community.

Eddie Mercado

Operations Coordinator

Eddie Mercado was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from Epic Charter School and attended Tulsa Technology Center where he took and completed the courses of computer and network support and mobile app development. As much love as Mr. Mercado has for technology, he decided to start a new opportunity and join the THA Familia where he currently works as an Operations Coordinator.



Jennifer Monrreal

Operations Coordinator

Jennifer Monrreal is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is an Operations Coordinator at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate from Will Rogers College High School and also from Tulsa Technology Center where she received her diploma for Cosmetology. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the new opportunities that come with it!

Tracy Sudduth

Student Supports Paraprofessional

Mrs. Sudduth is originally from Salina, Oklahoma and is a Student Supports Paraprofessional at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Northeastern State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program at NSU. She loves to work with those who have a dual diagnosis of intellectual disabilities and mental illness. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of the dedication toward the success of the scholars.

Leadership Staff

Amy Callis

Assistant Principal of Culture

Mrs. Callis was born and raised just north of Tulsa in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She started her career in education for Broken Arrow Public Schools where she taught 6-8 Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education for 7 years. She moved with her family to Texas where she worked for Harmony Public Schools, a public charter school as a PE teacher for 2 years before joining the administration team as Dean of Students. After 6 and half years as Dean of Students, her family moved back to Oklahoma. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia as an Assistant Principal, to serve a community she has always called home, Tulsa.



Maggie Dalton

Principal

Ms. Dalton is from Worcester, Massachusetts and is the Principal at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and received her degree in Public Policy and Law with a minor in Classics. She earned her Master of Education in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2021. Ms. Dalton joined Teach For America in 2016 and found a sense of purpose in working towards educational equity. Tulsa has since become her home. Ms. Dalton is excited to continue her work with the THA Familia because of the school’s high expectations and commitment to both scholar achievement and teacher growth. She looks forward to partnering with staff, scholars, and families to develop a strong community of nerdy knights!


Emilee Joshi

Assistant Principal of Operations

Mrs. Joshi is from Duncan, OK and is the Assistant Principal of Operations at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. She is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a bachelor's in Psychology. She also graduated from Oklahoma State University with a masters in Political Science. This is her fourth year at THA.


Contact
Phone
918-324-4768
Email
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