District Administrators and Support Staff

Allie Arnold

Curriculum Coordinator
More info coming soon!

Dr. Amy Allen

Director of Educational Development

Dr. Amy Allen has a PhD in Education from the University of Oklahoma, where she is also an instructor, as well as a BSE in Elementary Education and an MS in Education Technology.  She loves to travel and hopes, one day, to visit every continent.

Katie Barrier, BSN, R.N.

District Nurse

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been an RN for over 6 years and has worked in 4 different states throughout her career. Nurse Katie, as the student’s like to call her, joined the Academy in the Fall of 2020 and has loved becoming a part of this great community. When she isn’t at school, she can be found working at the hospital or a disabled camp in Guthrie, called Make Promises Happen. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Casey, and their two black labs named Jax and Remi. 

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.

Lindy Beswick

Admissions Coordinator
Lindy earned her bachelor’s degree in English from East Central University and her master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario.  She lives in Norman with her husband and their two children. 

Sheri Boughman

Business Office Coordinator
Sheri earned a B.S. in Education from Kent State University with a Comprehensive Social Studies major.  She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles,  and sudoku.  She and her husband love hosting their children and 13 grandchildren.

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.

Keila Dawson

Director of Fine Arts

Keila Dawson is the Fine Arts Director for all three campuses at The Academy. She also teaches Drama and Oral Presentation at the South Campus. Keila has a degree in Drama from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband are foster parents and they enjoy coffee and food and spending time with the little ones in their home. 

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

Culture and Events Manager
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. 

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.

Talia Morgan

Director of Development & Communications

Information Coming Soon!

Rob McKinzie

Athletics Director

Rob McKinzie is The ACADEMY Athletic Director and Boys Basketball Coach.  Coach MAC earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from York College (NE) and his master’s degree from University of Central Oklahoma. In his free time, Rob likes to ride road bikes and enjoy family vacations.

Sarah Rhea

Assistant Athletic Director
More info coming soon!

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

Serving for roughly 179 months at the Academy teaching, Josh Spears has taught all manner of subjects, mostly in the biblical, theological and philosophical world after spending the usual amount of months earning a bachelor of arts in Theology from Randall University and a master of arts in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.  In his free time he likes to write website bios, take naps, yell at/because of football games, spend time with one wife/four children, read, watch Netflix, think about climbing fourteeners and steadfastly avoid Oxford commas.

Tana Schuermann

Accommadations Coordinator
Tana Schuermann enjoys working with students, teachers, and parents as the Accommodations Coordinator. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Secondary English Education, she went on to complete her Master of Education in Reading at Northeastern State University. Tana enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and cheering on her three children in their sports and activities.

Sadye Smothers

Communications Coordinator

Sadye is the district Communications Coordinator. 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. 

Chris Wehunt

Facilities Manager

Chris is the Facilities Manager at The Academy. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Interpersonal Communication. When he isn’t at his children’s activities, he is most likely playing board games with family and friends. 

Eric Williams

Technology Lead
More info coming soon!