North Campus Faculty and Staff

Ann Taylor

North Campus Principal

Ann earned her BS at the University of Oklahoma in education.  Ann’s husband served 30 years in the military resulting in their family making 19 moves in 38 years but is glad to be settled in Norman and visiting grandchildren all around the USA.

Jake Schulte

Director of Student Life
Jake earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Ozark Christian College and a Masters in Classical Christian Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. When he’s not teaching or reading he likes to spend time with his wife and kids outdoors. 

Grammar Teachers

Cindy McCook

Blended PreK3 Teacher
More info coming soon!

Kayla Batson

Traditional PreK Teacher

Kayla Batson graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Kayla and her husband have two young children. She enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. 

Laura DeSpain

Blended PreK Teacher

Laura is a graduate of Abilene Christian University where she earned a BS in Psychology.  Laura and her husband, Trent, have three children who attend The Academy. 

Peggy Stewart

Blended PreK Teacher
Peggy has served as the Teacher’s Aide for The Academy’s PreK classes for the last four years. When not in the classroom, she enjoys visiting (& teaching!) her six grandkids scattered across the US and beyond!

NEW

Blended Kindergarten Teacher
More info coming soon!

Amanda Jackson

Blended/Traditional Kindergarten Teacher

Amanda Jackson graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BBA in Business Management and  is currently working on a Masters in Psychology. Her passions include health and wellness, cultivating Christ-centered relationships, and encouraging others to discover and pursue their God-give gifts and talents to impact the world for His Kingdom. 

Gaylee Koehler

Traditional Kindergarten Teacher
Gaylee earned her BA in Special Education from Western Washington University and is also certified in Early Childhood Education. She has over 20 years of experience in the classroom. She loves traveling, music and time spent with family and friends. 
 

Allison Stephens

Blended Kindergarten Teacher

Allison is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she earned her BA in Psychology. She and her husband stay busy with their four children. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, gardening, and traveling.

Annette McDaniel

Traditional 1st Teacher
More info coming soon!

Darci Mays

Blended 1st Teacher
She earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma and has taught at the Academy for 12 Years. Darci enjoys thrifting, nature study, gardening,  and reading to her 5 grandchildren. 
 
 

Abbie Wickersham

Traditional 1st Teacher
More info coming soon!

NEW

Blended 1st Teacher
More info coming soon!

Cindy Sturm

Traditional 2nd Teacher
Cindy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Oklahoma State University. Cindy loves spending time with her husband, Mike, and three children, Jacob, Katie, and Luke.

Holly Smedsted

Blended 2nd Teacher

Holly is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Anthropology.  In her spare time, Holly loves to travel, hike and spend time with family.

Kim Forgue

Blended 3rd Teacher

Kim graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Community Health and Sociology. She and her husband Micah live in Mustang and have one son who attends the south blended campus of The Academy.

Shelley Spearman

Blended 3rd Teacher
Shelley received her undergraduate and masters degrees in Early Childhood Education from Southern Nazarene University and has over 18 years of teaching experience. Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, as well as traveling, running, and continuing to learn.

Melissa Wagner

Traditional 3rd Teacher
Melissa received an Elementary Education degree from Geneva College in 2010 and has been teaching at the Academy since 2014. When not teaching or grading, Melissa enjoys reading, baking, and the occasional craft. 

Allison Scott

Traditional 3rd Teacher

Allison earned her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. Aside from hiking, reading, and scouting out good brunch places downtown, Allison spends much of her time baking and shooing her cat away from the fresh baked goods!

Jennifer Stanczyk

Traditional 4th Teacher

Jennifer graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a BA in Humanities.  She enjoys crocheting, hiking, strategy board games, and spending time with her family.  

Carleigh Burroughs

Blended 4th Teacher

Carleigh has earned her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and has taught classically for 7 years. Carleigh adores reading great books to her children and spending time with her family. 

Stephanie Bryan

Traditional 4th Teacher

Stephanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in elementary education and earned her masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She has 10 years of teaching experience. Stephanie loves reading and is always adding to her home and classroom libraries; you should come visit the books if you are ever at north campus!

Jennifer Sonntag

Blended 5th Teacher
Jennifer earned her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Baylor University. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading and gardening. 

Ian White

Traditional 5th Teacher
Ian earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oklahoma. Some of his favorite hobbies are dancing, poetry, and neighborhood development projects.

Toni Barnes

Grammar Music

Toni earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma and her Kodaly Level 1 certification from New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. In addition to teaching grammar music, she assists with the dialectic choir. Toni enjoys watching College Football and cheering for the Sooners!

Mary Beth Beck

Grammar Art

Mary Beth graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BFA in 3D Art. Her two daughters are the light of her life. Mary Beth enjoys visiting the lake, reading and creating all kinds of art. 

Sarah Epps

Grammar Latin

 Sarah received her BA from Baylor University where she double-majored in Museum Studies and History and minored in Classics; her MA in Public History is from the University of South Carolina. If Sarah were a dragon, her hoard would be full of books and craft supplies.

Ashley Hensley

Grammar Art

Ashley graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma where she majored in Fine Arts and minored in Russian History. She enjoys nature, caring for her vegetable garden, and spending time with her husband and two children. 

Brendan King

Grammar PE

Brendan is a senior Sports Management major at Oklahoma Christian University.  The Grandbury TX native was a member of the OC Junior Varsity Basketball team and also serves as a coach at Solid Rock Basketball in Edmond.

George Rouse

Grammar Latin
More info coming soon!

Dialectic Teachers

Allie Arnold

Mathematics
Allie studied Applied Mathematics (B.S.) at the University of Central Oklahoma.  In addition to teaching math, she also serves as the Curriculum Coordinator. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and frequently asks her students for book recommendations. 

Jennifer Atwood

Humanities
Jennifer received a BA from Baylor University and an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. She also served as Curator of Medieval Manuscripts for a private collection in Oklahoma City for several years. Jennifer can often be found singing in the choir at All Souls’ Episcopal Church or curled up with a warm cup of tea and a good book.

Sherrie Blackford

Science
More info coming soon!

Anne Bradford

Latin
Anne earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, Anne loves to read and knit and spend time with her husband and 8 amazing children.

Mark Bradford

Bible
More info coming soon!

Charity Chan

Humanities

Charity graduated with a BA in Speech Communications. She has been blessed to spend time working with children overseas and is excited to continue working with the young scholars of The Academy.

Brendan King

PE

Brendan is a senior Sports Management major at Oklahoma Christian University.  The Grandbury TX native was a member of the OC Junior Varsity Basketball team and also serves as a coach at Solid Rock Basketball in Edmond.

George Rouse

Latin
More info coming soon!

Jake Schulte

Humanities
Jake earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Ozark Christian College and a Masters in Classical Christian Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. When he’s not teaching or reading he likes to spend time with his wife and kids outdoors. 

Chism Young

Humanities

Chism Young is a proud Oklahoma native who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. He and his wife Alia have two dogs, and in his free time, he enjoys music, books, games of all kinds. 

 

Aides and Other Staff

Jaszmyne Anderson

Grammar Aide
More info coming soon!

Monica Arnold

Principal's Aide

Monica majored in Theatre Arts and English Creative Studies while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys writing stories, knitting, and photography.

Jonathan Dile

Custodian
More info coming soon!

Brooke Garriott

PreK Aide
Brooke earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Oklahoma.  In her free time she enjoys baking,  traveling, and spending time with her husband and four children. 
 

Tara Gibbons

Kindergarten Aide
More info coming soon!
 

Daisy Leyva-Lara

PreK3 Aide
More info coming soon!

Nancy Manzo

5th/Kindergarten Aide
More info coming soon!

Tishia Moon

PreK3 Aide

Tishia holds an AA degree in Information Technology and is currently working towards a BA in Business.  She taught Kindergarten for 2 years while in Germany.  Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting, baking, and reading.

Danielle Nusbaum

Kindergarten Aide

Tishia holds an AA degree in Information Technology and is currently working towards a BA in Business.  She taught Kindergarten for 2 years while in Germany.  Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting, baking, and reading.

Judy Swanson

Office Manager
Judy home educated her 5 children and taught 4th grade blended one year before serving as an Administrative Assistant.  She and her husband Gary enjoy their 8 grandchildren, 6 of whom are Academy students.