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.
Ms. Harper was born in Muskogee, OK. She left the state at age 7 and returned in early 2020 for a brief visit with her parents. Now, she is returning for her 2nd year at Tulsa Honor Academy, 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 is excited 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 adversary, meet and surpass their goals, and make a positive contribution to their world.
Ms. Medina was born and raised in New Jersey. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and History from The College of New Jersey in 2019, she moved to Tulsa to teach 5th Grade Reading and Writing at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a proud Latina and literacy teacher that pushes her students to think critically through culturally relevant books and essays. Ms. Medina is especially proud to be a part of the THA Familia because of the amazing kids, teachers, and families she is able to work with daily.
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 has taught Science for three 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 along with a Child Development Associate credential.
Trent Vanhuss 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.
Mr. Birt is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is the Social Studies Teacher a Flores Middle School. Mr. Birt is an alumni of the University of South Carolina where he majored in History and Political Science. He has 2 years of experience as a Playworks coach in the Boston Public School system where I taught SEL skills through recess games. I’m excited to become part of the THA Familia because I’ve been looking forward to sharing my passion for social studies with the Nerdy Knights!
Anita Cheng is originally from Cerritos, California. Ms. Cheng moved to Tulsa as a part of Teach For America's Greater Tulsa corps and will be joining Tulsa Honor Academy as a Math Teacher. She is a graduate of Chapman University and received her degree in Psychology with minors in Economics and Education. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of her deep desire to see every scholar succeed and discover their passions.
Mrs. Jeffords is originally from Somerset, Kentucky and joins the Tulsa Honor Academy as a Teach For America corps member teaching 6th Grade English Language Arts. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she studied Secondary English Education and received her degree in General Studies. She has worked with students in both reading and math during her time as an AmeriCorps team member where she served one year in elementary school and two years in high school. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she wants to be a part of a team that is working toward equity in education and providing students with an excellent education. She is also excited for the opportunity to get to know and grow alongside her students.
Ms. Modaff is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the Behavior Interventionist at the Flores Middle School and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where she earned her bachelor’s in History. She is continuing her education in the field of history with the goal of becoming a teacher in that field. She has experience working with at-risk youth in a child care setting as well as spending a year working with adolescents with Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health. She has a philosophy of resilience and humor and looks forward to bringing that to THA. She is excited to join the THA Familia because of the standards that exist within the core values and vision of the school.
Ms. Mueller is originally from Joplin, Missouri and is the 6th Grade Math Teacher at Flores Middle School. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received her bachelor's in mathematics. She loves working with students to improve their understanding of mathematical concepts and is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she firmly believes in the school's dedication to educating well-rounded scholars.
Mr. Seals is originally from Del Rio, TX, but he grew up in Europe, and is the 6th Grade Reading Teacher at Flores Middle School. He is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and received Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Mr. Seals also is a working writer who loves to share his passion of reading with whomever will listen. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because he believes every child is indebted a quality education to ensure they make it to and through college then become an active member of the community.
Renee Dayton is originally from Washingtonville, New York but has spent most of her life in Ormond Beach, Florida. She is the 6th Grade Math Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. Renee is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and received her degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. Renee has spent the last few years living in Chicago and working in college admissions. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because she values community and THA is built on community.
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.
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 a 6th Grade Student Supports Teacher. I am excited to be apart of the THA FAMILIA because of the excellence put forth in education!
Mr. Huynh is originally from Houston, Texas and is a 6th Grade Math Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City and received his degree in civil engineering. While at the Cooper Union, Brighton worked extensively with the deans of engineering, professors, and student coalitions to create educational agency for students and to push the community to embrace both wellness and academic rigor equally. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of its drive on creating high expectations not only from the teachers and staff, but also from within its students.
Madi Meister is originally from Ponca City, OK and is the Lower School Social Studies teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and received her degree in Public Relations. After graduating, she worked for a multicultural camping ministry in Asheville, North Carolina called Young Life, where she became passionate about working with kids and pursuing equity. She moved back to Oklahoma and became a 2019 Teach For America corps member. Ms. Meister is so excited to be a part of the THA Familia for a third year. Her favorite thing about teaching is developing meaningful relationships with scholars and learning alongside them.
Mr. Musgrove is originally from Edmond, OK. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies/Philosophy. Mr. Musgrove is in his 8th year of teacher and his 4th year of teaching at Tulsa Honor Academy. He enjoys hiking, being outside, learning new things, and adventuring with his lovely wife and son.
Clayton Gibson was born and raised in Tulsa and is the 7th Grade Social Studies 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 Springdale soccer and basketball teams, and served as an advisor with Tulsa Changemakers. He joined the THA Familia in the winter of 2020, teaching 8th Grade Science and coaching the Middle School basketball team. He also coaches a local competitive soccer club, Tulsa Mineros. Mr. Gibson is excited to teach his favorite subject for the first time, this year at THA!
Bobby Lee is currently a 7th Grade sScience 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. He has previously taught writing. Mr. Lee graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Ms. McClain is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a Student Supports Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma and received her master's degree in Human Relations. She has over 16 years of higher education experience from working closely with high school, middle, and elementary scholars as well as serving communities throughout the Tulsa area. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because in her current role - she can continue to assist scholars/staff with assistance in making sure everyone's educational need is met and honored to be a part of such a dedicated administration, staff, and families.
Jasmany Rocha is a STEM Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He was born in Miami, Florida, but has lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1990. He started his career as a Teacher during the summer of 2018 after successfully completing an intensive program with Tulsa Teacher Corps. For the 2018-2019 academic year, he taught 5th grade at Tulsa Legacy Charter School as a mathematics teacher. Thereafter, he worked as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for Broken Arrow Public Schools. He is excited to be part of the THA Familia and to start teaching.
Mr. Rocha graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 2014 with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Josh Cirbo Is originally from Thornton Colorado and is the 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 first year at THA and will be his first 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 students and teachers.
Originally from New York state, Stephie Eddy is a second year teacher at THA. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. While attending Stony Brook University, Ms. Eddy had the pleasure of being the president of a local theatre company, Pocket Theatre, and was an Undergraduate College Fellow for 3 years. She worked intensely with incoming first year college students and was a mentor for students making the difficult transition from high school to college life. She is now a 2020 Teach For America corps member and is very excited to be teaching ELA and Intro to Theatre this year!
Mr. Finkel is from the Midwestern region of the US and is the 11th grade ELA and AP Language Teacher. Mr. Finkel will also host Speech and Debate at THA. He is a graduate from Arizona State University and received his master's in English with a focus in curriculum and literature. This will be Mr. Finkel's second year at THA and his 7th year in teaching. He is excited about being a part of THA Familia because of the joy he gets from helping his scholars take on new challenges.
Originally from Calvillo Aguascalientes, México and is the Ballet Folklorico Teacher 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.
Ms. Jewett is originally from Pittsburg, KS and is one of the Physical Educators at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and received her Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, and is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Sport and Leisure Service Management. Ms. Jewett worked as a K-5 PE teacher in Osawatomie, KS for two years and also coached Cross Country, Track & Field and Basketball at the high school level. Ms. Jewett is also lifeguard certified and enjoys teaching children in aquatic activities. She is excited to be a teacher at THA because she feels like a part of the THA Familia already, and is looking forward to working with all of the students and families on achieving their health and wellness goals.
Ethan Jones is a native Tulsan who recently moved home after twelve years in Portland. He is the World History Teacher at THA. Ethan graduated from Austin College in 2001 with a B.A. in International Studies. He’s excited to join the THA Familia and get to work helping the Nerdy Knights learn to share his passion for history and our place in it.
Ms. King is originally from Fort Knox, Kentucky and is a High School Student Supports teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and received her degree in Elementary Education. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because education was a love for her growing up and wants to show that in her community.
Blake Kruithof was born in Tulsa, but moved to Perkins, Oklahoma in middle school. Perkins is a small town, just 10 minutes away from Stillwater, home of the Cowboys. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy and a certification in Secondary Education. Before coming to THA, he taught Geometry and Algebra 2 at Stillwater High School. Mr. Kruithof's taught 8th grade Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry at THA's middle school for 2 years. He is now teaching Geometry and Pre-Calculus at the high school.
Ms. Mayorga is originally from Los Angeles and is the World History Teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of UCSD and received her degree 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 everyone of our students.
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.
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.
Mrs. Joi Robinson is originally from Los Angeles, California, but calls Coffeyville, Kansas home. She is a graduate of Howard University and received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Speech Communications. She is currently a student in the University of Oklahoma's Master of Social Work program and has plans to become a Therapist. She has over 17 years of experience working with children, primarily "At-Risk" youth. She is so excited to be a part of the THA Familia because helping make pathways for youth to hope beyond their present is her life's work.
Ms. Stanfield is originally from Augusta, Georgia and is the Physics Teacher. They are a graduate of Phillips Theological Seminary and Swarthmore College, and has a Master's of Divinity, and a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature & Mathematics. They have experience working at a homeless youth shelter and at a college student center. They are excited to be a part of the THA Familia because education is one of their life-long passions.
Originally from London, England, Joseph Weissman is a Foreign Language teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds and received his bachelor's in Spanish Language and Literature in 2009. He has taught in several schools across the United Kingdom, as well as working for the British Civil Service at the Department for Transport. Mr. Weissman now lives in Oklahoma with his wife and son. He is excited to be a part of the THA Familia as he wants to inspire students to appreciate the value of Spanish more and more.
Aaron Witten is a Tulsa area native and has lived in the Tulsa area for 25 years. He attended LeTourneau University his freshman year of college, then transferred to Southwestern Christian University for his sophomore year. He graduated from Southwestern with a degree in Health, Sports Management, and Physical Education, focused in Kinesiology. Aaron grew up playing soccer, and played at the collegiate level in both the NCAA and the NAIA. He began coaching his final year of college, as an assistant for a local high school. Aaron has coached multiple club teams over years and holds licenses/diplomas from both United Soccer Coaches and US Soccer. He is excited to be the Head Soccer Coach, as well as the Strength and Conditioning teacher.
Miss Young is originally from The Woodlands, TX and is the Algebra II teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. She graduated from Southern Methodist University and received her degrees in Economics and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. She is a current Teach For America corps member and is proud to be part of the THA Familia because of all the wonderful people in it!
Mrs. Joshi is from Duncan, OK and is the 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at THA. 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 third year at THA.
Dr. Sailaja Mandalapu is from India. She graduated from Periyar University with a master’s degree in Biochemistry. After graduation she went on to work in the field of Genetics for 2 years and later moved to Germany. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from Georg August University in Germany and moved to U.S. She did her postdoc at Rutgers and Delaware State University. After 12 years in research, she decided to change her career. Before joining THA she taught at Delaware Technical Community College in Delaware as an adjunct science instructor. She is very excited to join THA.
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.
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 Tyron began to find his passion in fitness when he joined the staff at St. John Health Club as a fitness instructor. For the next 12 years Tyron began to hone his skills as a motivator, personal trainer and advocate for health and wellness. In 2013, Tyron 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. Tyron 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 Tyron 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. Tyron will be joining Tulsa Honor Academy as a Middle School Physical Education Teacher. 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.
Ms. Cooper is a Tulsa native. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and her master's of social work from New York University. Ms. Cooper is excited to be a part of the THA Familia and is passionate about helping students realize their full potential. She is looking forward to being back in Tulsa and working in the Tulsa community.
Mr. Davis is originally from Muskogee, OK. He is a graduate of Bacone College, and received his degree in Sports Management. He has been a Teacher Asst./Coach in Muskogee Public Schools for 8 years, a Behavior Tech/Coach at Broken Arrow Public Schools for 2 years, and was most recently the Assistant Athletic Director/Coach for Bacone College. He is very excited to be a part of the THA Family because of the fresh approach to teaching and learning.
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 Associate.
Michelle Peralta 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. Mrs. Peralta 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, Mrs. Peralta would like to earn her bachelor's to teach middle school at Tulsa Honor Academy.
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.
Ms. Dalton is from Worcester, Massachusetts and is the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Tulsa Honor Academy. She is a graduate of Trinity College 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 taught for Tulsa Public Schools for five years. She is excited to join the THA Familia because of the school’s strong systems and commitment to both scholar and teacher growth.
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, Jalessa's 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. Now she is very proud to be part of the THA Familia as an Assistant Principal to further devote herself to educational equity and reform.
Mr. Luke Savidge is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and is the Principal of Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. He is a graduate from Arizona Christian University and received his bachelor's in Religion. He is also a graduate of Union University with a master's in Urban Education and an Educational Specialist degree from Arkansas State University. Mr. Savidge has taught middle school English, served as an instructional coach, and a middle school administrator. He is excited to be part of the THA Familia because of the incredible impact that THA is making and will continue to make in Tulsa.