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 Dean of Finance and Accountability. Mr. Ibarra graduated in 2011 from Oklahoma State University with his BS in International Business.
Callie Kirk is an Oklahoma Native. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Art in English Literature. After graduation, she joined Teach For America. After completing her commitment through Teach For America, Callie joined the THA familia teaching 8th Grade English Language Arts. She now serves as the Tulsa Honor Academy College Readiness Advisor.
Mrs. Elsie Urueta Pollock is the Founder and Executive Director 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 BA in International Business and Marketing.
Bailey Ryan was born and raised in Tulsa. She received both her Bachelors in Sociology and Masters in Human Relations with a Counseling emphasis from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!). She also has her License of Professional Counseling. She has been a secondary school counselor with experience in both high school and middle school settings since 2013 and also has a background in school-based therapy. Ms. Ryan joined the THA team in 2019 as their first School Counselor!
Dillon Waters is originally from Durango, CO and moved to Tulsa in July of 2007. Since moving here, he has been heavily involved in the Tulsa community. He has served on the boards for Tulsa's Young Professionals, Oklahomans for Equality and the Tulsa SPCA as well as heavy volunteer involvement with Tulsa's Great Raft Race. He recently joined the THA Familia after being an active volunteer for the past three years. He now oversees Development, Public Relations, Marketing and Recruitment for THA. Mr. Waters graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2017 with a BA in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing.
Ms. Yuen is originally from Tulsa and is the Director of Operations at Tulsa Honor Academy. She received her bachelors degrees in special education and social sciences from the University of Oklahoma 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 her MBA. She is excited to be a part of the THA Familia because of THA's high expectations and desire to get even better.