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.
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 PreK-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 PreK-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 B.S. degree in Kinesiology. He holds a master's of Education 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 bachelor's 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 English Language Arts at Tulsa Honor Academy. 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. Ms. Medina is also the coordinator for the Tutoring Center. She loves being a part of the THA Familia.
James Seals graduated from Mountain View Grand with a master's in Fine Arts in fiction writing. He was born in Del Rio, TX, but was a military kid who spent most of his youth, from age 2-18, in Europe. James spent 12 years in the military, following his dream of traveling through Asia, even living in Japan for three years. Before becoming a teacher, James worked for a railroad in Colorado. He started his teaching career in Austin, TX, where he taught 6th-7th grade history, AP Human Geography, and high school English. James starts his new journey with Tulsa Honor Academy as a 5th grade English Language Arts teacher.
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 was 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 and an AA in Child Development.
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.
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.
Mr. Juarez is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and is one of the 6th grade math teachers at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a first generation college graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from Truman State University. He recently completed Teach for America where he taught science for 2 years at Webster Middle School. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia and to start teaching math.
Robert Lee is currently a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He was born and raised in the 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.
Haley McFadden recently moved to Tulsa from San Antonio, Texas where she earned a B.S. in Biology from Trinity University. After graduation, she spent a year working for an educational nonprofit running an after school program. She moved to Tulsa to teach math at Tulsa Honor Academy through Teach for America.
Madi Meister grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and graduated in 2017 from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. 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, and is returning to the Tulsa Honor Academy familia as the lower school Social Studies teacher.
Keith Musgrove is in his 3rd year with Tulsa Honor Academy. He started his career in education when he traveled abroad in 2014 with his wife Shelby, to teach English to 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 Kindergarten 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 English Language Arts 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 of 2015 at an all-girls charter school in Chattanooga, TN where she taught an integrated English Language Arts 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 fourth year as the 7th grade English Language Arts teacher for Tulsa Honor Academy.
Mrs. Acosta graduated in 2015 from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Secondary Education: English.
Preston Guiot is originally from Bolivar, Missouri and is the upper school physical education teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He graduated from Southwest Baptist University and received a degree in physical education. Preston played collegiate basketball at the University of Utah and Southwest Baptist. He is excited to be apart of the THA Familia due to the team culture that takes place amongst staff and scholars.
Hannah Heinrichs is originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and is the 7th grade Science teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Missouri State University where she played 4 years of college softball and majored in middle school education with an emphasis in mathematics and science. This is Hannah’s first year as a teacher and she couldn’t think of a better place to start her journey. There is such a huge sense of community and support throughout the entire school and because of this she is so excited to be a part of the THA Familia.
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 begin his second year with 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 in French and Political Science.
Clayton Gibson was born and raised in Tulsa and is the 8th grade science teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he played college football and received his degree in history. He began his career in education at Springdale Elementary in Tulsa in 2018, where he taught 4th and 5th grade. He coached the soccer and basketball teams, and served as an advisor with Tulsa Changemakers. He also coaches a local competitive soccer club, Tulsa Mineros. Mr. Gibson is excited to join the THA Familia and be a teammate with the entire Nerdy Knight’s community.
Ms. Harper is originally from Muskogee, OK. She left the state as a child and has recently returned home to serve as a Teacher Apprentice at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, CO and received her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Her dream was to one day serve as an advocate or counselor for children and youth and that dream guides her still. She is excited to be a part of the Tulsa Honor Academy Familia because THA speaks to the heart of her passion to equip young people with the means and encouragement to triumph over adversary, meet and surpass their goals, and make a positive contribution to their world in whatever form that may take.
Emilee Joshi is originally from Duncan, Oklahoma. In 2017 she graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a B.S. in Psychology. Then, she continued her education at Oklahoma State University where she received an M.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation from OSU, Mrs. Joshi wanted to continue pouring into scholars on their journey to completing their education. She will be Tulsa Honor Academy's 8th grade Social Studies 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.
Helen Venegas was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Ms. Venegas moved to Tulsa to join Teach for America in the Greater Tulsa Area. She will begin her teaching career in 2020 at Tulsa Honor Academy as the 8th grade math teacher. Ms. Venegas graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in French. She is very excited to join the THA Familia!
Meredith Cooper is originally from Houston, Texas. In the summer of 2017, Ms. Cooper moved to Tulsa after being placed at Tulsa Honor Academy through Teach for America. Ms. Cooper has worked at THA since 2017, as a science teacher and then a Student Supports Teacher. She is excited to teach 7th and 8th grade student supports for her 4th year at THA.
Maria Martin was born and raised in Cataño, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Phoenix-Tulsa with a B.S. in Business Management in 2011. Ms. Martin joined BOKF in 2004 and served as an Account Executive in the Commercial Division until May 2020. Following her passion for education, she joins Tulsa Honor Academy as a lower school student supports teacher.
Kaylee Rogers is originally from the rural town of Plainfield, New Hampshire and is a lower school student supports teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Plymouth State University. She is a Americorps Oklahoma alumna and has spent the last several years working with immigrants and new citizens in the nonprofit and federal sectors. She is very much looking forward to working with Tulsa youth again, and ready to make positive contributions to the THA familia.
Rubena Ahmed was born and raised in California. Ms. Ahmed went to California State University San Marcos and received her bachelor's in Psychology. She then served in the peace corps as an education volunteer in Samoa. She recently graduated with her master's in special education at Grand Canyon University. Ms. Ahmed joined THA in 2019 as a 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 associate's 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 Tulsa Honor Academy Familia and to collaborate with operations team in magnifying the environment for our scholars, their families and staff members.
Faith Harjo-Jones was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma which was traditionally Muscogee Creek land and predates Oklahoma statehood. The city of Tulsa is a Muscogee Creek word derived from Tallahassee which means “New Town.” It was shortened to Tvlse, and eventually became Tulsa. As a Muscogee Creek woman, Faith feels it is always important to acknowledge that significant part of Tulsa’s history. Faith is Muscogee Creek, Pawnee, Choctaw, and Cheyenne and uses much of her cultural influence, language, and traditions in her everyday life. She graduated from Northeastern State University and received her bachelor’s of science in organismic biology with minors in chemistry and American Indian Studies. Faith has worked in traditional and non-traditional education, healthcare, and public health and enjoys volunteering with many different organizations. Faith is excited to join the THA Familia as a teacher apprentice because she is passionate about encouraging the next generation of leaders and scholars through education, cultural knowledge and community engagement.
Mr. Kempf was born in Tulsa and spent about half of his childhood here, and is a Teacher Apprentice at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Humanities. Mr. Kempf has also lived in Phoenix, Russia, Boston, and New York. All subjects interest him, but he excelled in history and English in school. In Boston, he coached ultimate frisbee on the varsity level for two seasons. Mr. Kempf is excited to join Tulsa Honor Academy because of its excellence in so many areas and to be in an environment that values learning so much.
I graduated High school from Epic Charter schools, I also attended Tulsa Tech for 2 years in the courses of Computer Repair and Network Support and Mobile App Development. I am excited to be a part of the THA Familia because this is a new opportunity for me to learn and help in any way possible and be successful with this wonderful family and school.
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 a hospital and then a pediatric clinic. Ms. Mondragon decided she wanted to help children but not in that particular field. In a 180 turn, she is attending Tulsa Community College and plans on finishing earning her associate's degree there. Eventually, Ms. Mondragon would like to earn her bachelor's to teach middle school at Tulsa Honor Academy.
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 began her work as a 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 B.S. in Advertising and a B.A. in International Studies. She graduated in December of 2020 with a Master of Science in Teaching Learning and Leadership with a focus on Reading & Literacy from OSU.
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 Assistant Principal of Operations for the 2020-2021 school year.
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 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.
Amy Callis, born and raised just north of Tulsa in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Graduated from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Started her career in education for Broken Arrow Public Schools where she taught 6-8 Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education for 7 years. 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 has moved back to Oklahoma. She is excited to join the THA Familia as Assistant Principal, to serve a community she has always called home, Tulsa.
Ms DeJear is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is the Assistant Principal at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Family Relations and Child Development. After moving to Houston in 2002 she pursued a Masters degree from University of Houston-Downtown, and graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Art in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis in Mathematics.
She has worked in education since 2002 as a Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher, a K-5 Math and Science Specialist, a Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator, and an Instructional Coach in the Houston, TX area. She enjoys working with all teachers, students, and families daily to not only reach the goals and mission of the school, but to help families meet and exceed goals and dreams for their children.
Ms. DeJear's favorite subject is Math and she loves to bake, spend time with family, and attend sporting events. Her favorite athlete is her son, who keeps her busy supporting him with football, baseball, track, and basketball. When she is not busy being a mom she loves giving time to my community! I also am working towards being a published author.