District Administrators and Support Staff

Allie Arnold

Curriculum Coordinator
More info coming soon!

Andrew Black

Lyceum Director

Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma Baptist University where he also minored in Biblical Studies. He earned his master’s degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University where he wrote his thesis on the theophanies in Shakespeare’s late Romances. In his free time, Andrew likes to have long conversations with good friends and to go on long walks with his wife and daughter.

James Cain

Director of Educational Development

James Cain graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in English. He went on to earn an M.A. in English (University of Georgia) and an M.Ed. from Covenant College (GA). He enjoyed 12 years as headmaster of Oak Hill Classical School (Dacula, GA) before relocating to Oklahoma City in 2020. He and wife Kristi have three children: the oldest, Cullen, is a college junior; Owen, a junior at The Academy; and Annabeth, a 5th grader at North Campus. Jamie enjoys exploring the natural world and playing board games with the family, reading and writing, and long conversation around a wood fire.

Hilary Clark

Culture and Events Manager

Hilary Clark serves as the Culture and Events Manager. She oversees our South and Midtown C&E coordinators. She was brought into the wonderful world of Classical Education through homeschooling and loves that the journey has brought her family to The Academy. Hilary enjoys making costumes on a time crunch, voraciously reading the classics, and forcing her children to memorize the botanical names of plants.  

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.

Lori Collins

Admissions Director

Lori is excited to serve as the Admissions Director. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors with her family. Lori and her Husband, Stephen, have two children who attend The Academy.

Dillion Coplin

Athletics Director

Dillion graduated from Oklahoma Christian University where he also played Basketball. Throughout his nine years in education, serving as the Athletic Director for the Academy has been a highlight. Dillion enjoys coaching basketball, being outdoors, and spending time with family.

Miranda Faircloth

Business Office Project Manager

Miranda graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree is Healthcare Administration. She has worked at various office settings, both medical and business. Miranda loves traveling to the mountains and being outdoors, and loves spending time with her husband and two children. 

Jana High

Business Office Assistant

Jana is the business office assistant, providing support for the Accounting Department and the HR Director. She has an accounting degree from UCO and has worked as a teacher, accountant, software consultant, and most recently as a classically homeschooling mom for 17 years. Jana is a mother of 4 and along with her husband Russ loves watching Griffins basketball.

Jamie Howell

Development & Communications Coordinator
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. Jamie has lived in Oklahoma all her life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. 

Rhonda Jones

Director of District Education & Accommodations

In addition to serving as our Midtown principal, Rhonda also serves as the Accommodations Director.  Rhonda has been working with students in educationally developmental roles since 1998. 

Christina Mearse

Business Office Coordinator

More Information Coming Soon!

Suzanne Morrison

Fine Arts Director

Mrs. Morrison is a seasoned Music Educator with over 20 years of experience in the classroom.  After graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Vocal Certificate PK-12, she pursued graduate studies in Mandarin Chinese while living and teaching in China.  Mrs. Morrison has taught PreK-12 Music, Choir, Private Piano, & Ukulele both in the US and across Asia.  In addition to her role at The Academy, she is conductor of Voce Cantus, a community children’s honor choir for select students throughout the metro.  Mrs. Morrison loves making music with students under any circumstances, has a complete collection of rubber chickens, and now lives in OKC with her husband, 4 children, fluffy dog, and Kawai piano after too many years in Asia to count.

Sarah Rhea

Assistant Athletic Director

Coach Rhea is in her 8th season as the Griffin Cross Country coach. Sarah also makes her return to the classroom where she teaches Blended PreK at The ACADEMY South campus in addition to her role as Assistant Athletic Director.  

Sarah graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Adult & Higher Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. She attended Weatherford High School where she was class Valedictorian. While there she played basketball, ran Cross Country and Track, winning an Indoor State Championship and multiple Academic State Championship honors.  

Sarah is married to Shawn and they have three children at The Academy.

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.

Steve Stolz

Director of Safety and Security

More Information Coming Soon! 

Sadye Smothers

Communications Manager

Sadye is the district Communications Manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Sadye is from Cambodia,  has lived in seven countries, and is fluent in Turkish.  Her diverse life story created in her a love and appreciation for people and cultures all around the world. 

Eric Williams

Technology Lead
More info coming soon!