ADMINISTRATIVE & support STAFF

  • AMY ALLEN


    DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

    Amy and her husband Matt have three children enrolled at the Academy.  Amy is currently working on a Ph.D. in Education at the University of Oklahoma, where she is also an instructor, after earning a BSE in Elementary Education and an MS in Education Technology.  She loves to travel and hopes, one day, to visit every continent.


  • LIZA BAKER


    ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

    Liza graduated from Baylor University with a BS in Religious Studies. She met her husband while they were both on staff with Young Life. Only the love of a cute Oklahoma boy could make her leave her beloved state of TX. Without looking back, she is now a big fan of OU football and tornado shelters. She previously taught Pre-K at The Academy. Liza lives with her husband and three proud Griffin boys in Edmond, where they explore new bike trails together and enjoy copious amounts of Chick-fil-A and great books. 

  • darla benoit

    Admissions director

    Darla is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a M.Ed in Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked at The Academy as a teacher and Administrator for eight years. She and her husband, Tim, live in Norman and have twin boys who are in the Dialectic school at The Academy.

  • sheri boughman

    NORTH CAMPUS OFfice manager

    Sheri graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Education; her Comprehensive Social Studies degree included a major in History with minors in Geography, Economics and Political Science.

  • Lori clark

    FINANCIAL coNtroller

    Lori graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Accounting and from California State University (Fullerton) with an MS in taxation. Lori and her husband, Rod, moved to Norman in 2011. They have four children, two of which are at The Academy and two have graduated.


  • Rachel Cole

    Culture and Events Coordinator, South Campus

    A Norman girl through and through, Rachel grew up in west Norman and attended the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. After a break as a stay at home mom to her two girls, Olivia Grace and Emma Rose, Rachel is super excited to join The Academy as the Culture and Events Coordinator the the South Campus. Rachel enjoys running, watching movies, a good book and cheering on the Sooners! 

  • Jamie Howell

    CULTURE AND EVENTS MANAGER, NORTH CAMPUS

    Jamie has lived in Oklahoma all her life and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. While attending the University of Central Oklahoma, Jamie met her husband Chris and they have two daughters, who both attend The Academy in the Traditional model. Having been part of The Academy as a parent long before she became a staff member, Jamie loves that her role lets her engage with the community and share in the mission and vision of The Academy even more.

  • Rhonda jones

    midtown CAMPUS  principal / director of ACCOMMODATIONS

    Rhonda earned a BS in Elementary Education from Evangel University and an MA in Counseling from AGTS. She is a certified teacher and licensed counselor in the state of Oklahoma. Rhonda has been working with students in educationally developmental roles since 1998. She is passionate about classical Christian education, and she and her husband, David, are blessed to have their daughter, Emily, attend The Academy.

  • SEAN LOWELL


    NORTH CAMPUS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

    Sean graduated from Central State University with a BA in Psychology, and from UCO with a Masters degree in Education Administration. He has been married to his Bride, Linda, for 33 years. They have three boys ages 26-30. Sean enjoys reading, listening to music, sports, the "Peanut Gang", and old movies. He also never turns down M&M's!

  • darla lynn

    south CAMPUS principal

    Darla received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as Principal since the summer of 2016, previously serving in various administrative capacities. She has four children who have attended The Academy.

  • kristin mannschreck

    chief of staff

    Originally from Edmond, Kristin graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Secondary Math Education and a minor in Spanish language. She was a member of the Chi Omega women's fraternity.

  • rob mcKinzie

    athletics director

    Rob earned his BA at York College (NE), and his MA in General Education from UCO. He is passionate about teaching fundamentals in athletics, and mentoring young adults and coaches. He has taught HPERD to students grades 6 through University level, and most recently served as Head Women's Basketball Assistant at Redlands Community College and Instructor in Sports Wellness at Oklahoma Christian University. He has coached basketball at the Varsity or College Level for 18 years. In addition to his passion for Christian Education, he serves as a Bible class leader and is on praise and worship teams. He and his wife Rachel have two children, Adi and Austin, and love spending time as a family, exploring the outdoors, reading, and playing games. 

  • nola moseley

    SOUTH CAMPUS Office manager

    Nola is married to Matt and is blessed to have two daughters, two son-in-laws, and four wonderful grandchildren! She attends Eagle Heights Church in Southwest OKC, where her husband is the student pastor. Before coming to The Academy, Nola served as Admin. Assistant to the Dean of Hobbs College at Oklahoma Baptist University.

  • debbie rankin

    culture & events coordinator, Midtown campus

    Originally from South Texas, Debbie earned her BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M-Kingsville. She moved to OK with her husband Cole a few years after they married and started their family in OKC. Their daughter Maddie is an Academy student, and her brother Duncan is a soon-to-be Griffin! Debbie loves to bake and cook. She also serves FBC/OKC as the Food Services Director. 

  • alita richter

    Director of human resources

    Alita has enjoyed a rich career in Church Management and recently completed the Christian Non-Profit Leadership Credential program through Azusa Pacific University. Alita and her husband, Jim, live in Edmond and have five grandchildren, three of whom attend The Academy.


  • Josh spears

    Lyceum  director

    Josh earned a BA in Theology at Hillsdale FWB College and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. Hobbies include carpentry, watching college football, reading World War II memoirs, and photography.

  • judy swanson

    North campus administrative assistant

    Judy has been involved in education for the past 28 years, homeschooling her five children from K-12th grades.  She has also enjoyed teaching co-op classes and substituting at The Academy where three of her five amazing grandchildren attend classes.  Judy is a lifelong Edmond resident, where she lives with her husband Gary.

  • ann taylor

    north campus principal

    Ann graduated from Colorado University with a BS in Education and a minor in Science and has 35 hours towards her MA in Special Education. She is also certified as a Level 1 therapist in the National Institute of Learning Differences. Ann served as Operations Manager for the USO overseeing six stations throughout S. Korea while stationed there with her husband for two years.

  • beth vishanoff


    midtown campus office manager & registrar

    Beth graduated from Gordon College with a BS in Movement Science, Pre-Physical Therapy and from Denver Seminary with a MA in Christian Education for Women's Ministry. Beth and her husband moved to Norman in 2006. They have two adult children, one of whom graduated from The Academy in 2016. Beth enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, and organizing things. 

  • Eric Williams

    technology lead