Tulsa Honor Academy will prepare each student for the rigors of high school, college, and beyond. We operate with the belief that all students, regardless of background or income, can achieve at a high level. Through strong academics and a focus on character, our students will achieve excellence. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that 100% of our scholars go to and graduate from college.
Donald Bush is the 5th and 6th grade Physical Education teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Mr. Bush began his teaching career in 1993. His first teaching position was in Houston, Texas at St. Anne’s Catholic School. He taught Pk-8th grade Physical Education and coached Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. During this time he finished his Master’s degree which led to a teaching position at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, where he taught Physical Education and Exercise Science courses and coached varsity baseball and softball. He then took a break from formal education when he took a position as Recreation and Outreach Minister, where he directed the churches recreation ministry. After this Mr. Bush was given the opportunity to work for a Para church ministry called Vision Onward. During this time he directed all aspects of a transitional housing program that provided housing for homeless families. Moving back into education, at Wesleyan Christian School, he taught physical education to Pk-12th grades and coached basketball. He has taught and coached for a total of 16 years at all levels of Education. Mr. Bush graduated from Texas A & M University with a BS degree in Kinesiology. He holds his Masters of Education degree from the University of Houston.
Ray Curiel is originally from Dallas, Texas, but has spent most of his life in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Government and English and learned the importance of building strong organizational structures, communication, and impact. He joined Tulsa Honor Academy in 2019.
Ashley Medina teaches 5th Grade ELA at THA. She is from Toms River, New Jersey and joined Teach for America as a 2019 Corps Member after graduating from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History. She loves being a part of the THA Familia!
Erik Steger grew up in Tulsa. He 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 taught Science for two years at Tulsa Honor Academy. Mr. Steger served as the Dean of Students for THA for one year and is thrilled to be returning to the classroom again to teach 5th Grade Science!
Mr. Steger graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2013 with a BS in Health Education and Promotion and an AA in Child Development.
Jalen Thomas is originally from Austin, Texas. After moving to Tulsa in 2013 to study Music, Arts and Education he received his Bachelors Degree from Oral Roberts University in 2019. During his time at University he worked with Reading Partners with 4th and 5th grade classes as part of his practicum tours. Additionally, towards the end of his collegiate career his involvement in various music, arts and education opportunities took him throughout Oklahoma,Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Texas. Mr. Thomas is excited to teach 5th Grade ELA at THA.
Trent is a native to Tulsa/Bixby, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduation, he worked with autistic children in an inpatient setting for three years. He joined the Tulsa Honor Academy staff in 2019 as a 5th grade math teacher.
Madison Curley is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism. Madison's love for education and the 918 brought her back to Tulsa as a Teach for America Corps Member in 2018. Ms. Curley is currently the 5th and 6th grade Social Studies teacher at THA.
Andrea Eakin was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science and a certification in Secondary Education. Prior to joining THA as the 6th grade Science teacher in 2019, Ms. Eakin taught 8th grade Science at Mayfield Middle School in Oklahoma City.
Liam Howe grew up in Lake Bluff, IL and graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Economics in 2018. He decided to follow his passion for education and moved to Tulsa as a 2018 Teach For America corp member. This is his second year teaching 6th Grade math at Tulsa Honor Academy.
Robert Lee is currently a 6th grade ELA teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He was born and raised in San Francisco Bay Area in California. He started his career in journalism as a reporter for Bloomberg Tax in Washington, D.C., where he covered federal tax policy on Capitol Hill. In 2019, he began his career in education when he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to serve as a corps member with Teach for America. Mr. Lee graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Madi Meister grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and graduated in 2017 from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Strategic Communications/Public Relations. Upon graduating, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina to work for a multicultural high school ministry called Young Life. It was there that Ms. Meister developed a passion for working with kids and pursuing equity. She is now a member of Greater Tulsa's 2019 Teach For America corps, and is joining the THA family as a 6th grade math teacher.
Keith Musgrove is in his 2nd year with THA. He started his career in education when he traveled abroad in 2014 with his lovely wife Shelby, to teach English to a wonderful group of second graders. Upon his return to the states, Keith joined Teach for America in 2015 and was selected to teach in Oklahoma City. During his time in the corps, he taught some wonderful Kindergartners at Esperanza Elementary on the south side of OKC and then taught for a full year at Kaiser Elementary after completing his 2 year commitment with Teach for America. He became apart of the THA familia as a Summer Tutorial's teacher in 2018, and he continues helping our scholars succeed as one of the 6th Grade ELA teachers. In his personal life, Keith enjoys spending time with friends and family, singing, fishing, and working on projects around his home.
Kristina Acosta is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She began teaching in fall 2015 at an all-girls Charter school in Chattanooga, TN where she taught an integrated ELA and social studies class. In the summer of 2017, Mrs. Acosta moved to Tulsa with her husband and two year old son. She is in her third year as the 7th grade ELA teacher for Tulsa Honor Academy.
Mrs. Acosta graduated in 2015 from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Secondary Education: English.
Joseph Kestner is in his 2nd year as the Upper School PE teacher at THA. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Kinesiology in 2018. Originally from Van Buren, AR, he grew a passion for teaching and making a difference for youth. He has coached sports such as football and basketball the past 4 years and is currently coaching basketball at THA.
Kendrick Kronthal was born in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, México, and was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his B.A. in Geography from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has a deep passion for the study of Human and Cultural Geography. He came to Tulsa in 2019 as a Corps Member with Teach for America, and could not be more excited to join the THA familia!
Anne-Therese Ryan is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana. Ms. Ryan moved to Tulsa to join Teach For America - Greater Tulsa. She began her teaching career in 2017 at Tulsa Honor Academy as the 7th Grade Math teacher.
Ms. Ryan graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2017 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communication & Culture. She also received minors were in French and Political Science
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 BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Management and is currently pursuing a MS in Executive Leadership through Norwich University. Joining the THA Familia in 2018, Mr. Veach teaches 7th grade science and serves as our safety coordinator.
Hannah Bland has lived in Tulsa long enough to call it home, but she is originally from a small town in central Kansas. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English in 2016, and joined Teach for America immediately after. After serving her 2-year commitment working at Hale Junior High teaching 8th grade science, her passion for science and education has grown tremendously, and now she is very proud to be a part of the THA familia as the 8th grade science teacher.
Austin Hughes graduated from Oklahoma State University in May of 2018 with a BS 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’ second year in Education and serves THA as the 8th Grade Social Studies 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 role at THA is 8th grade Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry.
Mindy Morgan holds a degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Orleans. She has experience teaching in diverse international schools as far away as Saraburi, Thailand. She has a deep passion for education and believes that all students are capable of achieving high academic standards.
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 work 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 BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Ryan Atkins is originally from Perkins, OK. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and began his career as an electrical engineer at a small company in Tulsa. After working for a few years, Mr. Atkins had a desire to become a teacher. He joined the Tulsa Honor Academy staff in 2016. Mr. Atkins is the 5th and 6th grade STEM Student Supports teacher.
Ty Morgan grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating from college, he started working in a residential treatment center for substance abuse and Serious Mental Illness. He helped drug users reclaim their sobriety and adopt coping skills for their mental illness. In 2016, he began his career in education when he joined Teacher for America and was placed at Tulsa Honor Academy. He finished his corps commitment but loved the school so much that he decided to stay on for a third year.
Mr. Morgan graduated in 2015 from The University of Arizona with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Special Education. #BearDown He is currently attending The University of Oklahoma to earn his master's in Education Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision.
Olivia Slate is originally from White Sulphur Spring, WV and moved to Tulsa in June of 2018. She cones to THA as a 2018 Teach For America Corps member. She is the current 8th Grade Student Supports Teacher and is also the current cross country and soccer coach.
Ms. Slater graduated from Berea College in May of 2018 with a Bachelors in Biology.
Emilee White is originally from Duncan, Oklahoma. In 2017 she graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a B.S. in Psychology. Then continued her education at Oklahoma State University where she received an M.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation from OSU Ms. White wanted to continue pouring into scholars on their journey to completing their education. She will be joining the 7th and 8th grade Student Support Team.
Rubena Ahmed was born and raised in California. Ms. Ahmed went to California State University San Marcos and received her Bachelors in Psychology. She is currently in her masters program at Grand Canyon University working towards a masters in special education. She recently finished serving in the peace corps as an education volunteer in Samoa. Ms. Ahmed joins THA and will be serving as Middle School Disciplinarian.
Wendy Cardona is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She graduated from Union High School and is currently attending Tulsa Community College seeking her Associates Degree in Business Administration. She then plans to transfer to Oklahoma State University to pursue her Bachelor's in Information Technology with a minor in Data Analysis. She loves spending time with her two little girls, which is where she discovered her passion for children's development and the importance of systems development. She is grateful to be part of the THA family and to collaborate with operations team in magnifying the environment for our scholars, their families and staff members.
Michelle Mondragon Aguirre was born in Michoacan Mexico, but was raised in Tulsa, OK. Originally her major was nursing and she began her career in the health field. She attended Tulsa Technology Center and earned her CNA and MA with Phlebotomy. She worked in the Hospital and then a Pediatric Clinic. Ms. Mondragon decided she wanted to help children but not in that particular field. Doing a 360 turn and she is attending Tulsa Community College and plans on finishing earning her associates degree there. Eventually Ms. Mondragon would like to earn her bachelors to teach, middle school aged Scholars at THA.
Gabe Odon has lived in Tulsa for 21 years. He attended Oklahoma State University his freshman year and is currently attending Tulsa Community College. Over the years he has worked with kids from all age ranges and has grown a passion for education. He is currently the girls and boys basketball coach. Mr. Odon plans on finishing his associates at TCC and getting his Bachelor's at OSU Tulsa.
Gabe Woolley is from Broken Arrow, OK. He is a senior at Northeastern State University and serves as a Teacher’s Aid, Substitute, and assistant cross country coach for THA. Mr. Woolley has worked as an educator for the past five years and learned about THA through his friend Joseph Odon and other City Year alumni.
Alexandra Zuniga was born and raised in Tulsa and studied psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Miss Zuniga then began working at a residential treatment center for pediatrics with behavioral disorders, where she became certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Continuing to follow her passion for working with kids, she begins her first year as the Middle School Disciplinarian for Tulsa Honor Academy.
Samantha Aponte is new to Tulsa and hails from Miami, Florida. She began her career in education when she joined Teach for America in 2015 and was selected to teach in Oklahoma City. During her time in the corps, she taught 5th grade English Language Arts on the South side of Oklahoma City. For the last 2 summers, she has served as an Upper Elementary Literacy advisor for Teach for America's national institute in Tulsa, and began her work with Tulsa Honor Academy as a 5th grade ELA teacher 2 years ago. She currently serves as the Literacy Specialist at THA as well as the middle school assistant principal for ELA.
Ms. Aponte graduated in 2015 from The University of Florida with a BS in Advertising and a BA in International Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Teaching Learning and Leadership with a focus on Reading & Literacy from OSU.
Ms. Clements was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating from Booker T. Washington HS, she moved to Norman and graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's in Elementary Education. She then taught for 4 years at Grissom Elementary teaching all content areas in 4-6th grade. At Grissom, Ms. Clements developed a Safety Patrol and Homework Club program, and was the Teacher of the Year. During that time she received her master's in Curriculum and Leadership Studies at Oklahoma State University. She began working at Tulsa Honor Academy as the EL/Literacy Specialist and the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction the following year. As the current Middle School Principal, Ms. Clements is very honored to work alongside the most dedicated and mission-driven teachers she has ever met.
Joseph Odon graduated from Rhema Bible College in 2014. He is currently attending Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Business School seeking a degree in Organizational Management. Mr. Odon worked with several non-profits in Tulsa before becoming a Corps Member for City Year Tulsa where he worked at McLain High School coaching kids on behavior, attendance, and core subject knowledge.Mr. Odon then became a Teaching Assistant at Tulsa Honor Academy 2 years ago working with our 5th-7th grade students. Last year he became the school’s Culture and Discipline Assistant, where he supported the Dean of Students with the upholding of culture and behavior systems within the school. Last Spring, Mr. Odon accepted a position to be Tulsa Honor Academy’s Dean of Students, which is the role he currently serves.
Kristi Stiles was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She began her career working for JCPenney as a Business Analyst in 2014. She transitioned into the Assistant Buyer role in 2016. While she enjoyed her time in corporate retail, she changed direction to pursue a career in education. This brought her to Tulsa as part of the 2017 Teach for America corps. She began teaching fifth grade math at Tulsa Honor Academy in the fall of 2017. She is heading up the launch of Cooking Club, new to THA this year. Ms. Stiles graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014 with a BS in Supply Chain Management.