Meet The Team
Dolores Huerta Elementary
Collin Alexander was born and raised in Vernon, Texas. He moved to Tulsa in 2017 and, in 2018, began his education career as a teacher assistant at Dolores Huerta
Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools. Along with being a teacher assistant, Collin hosts a computer class during specials rotations for extra enrichment time for students. He is on the journey of finding his place within the education system by pursuing a teaching degree.
Unity Learning Academy
Bethany Littlebear was born in Topeka, KS and raised most of her life just over the Oklahoma line in Coffeyville, KS. She attended college at Friends University in Wichita, KS. Bethany spent twenty years in various roles of education in Coffeyville, KS, with the most recent role as Native American Education Director for Coffeyville School District. Bethany currently teaches 5th grade at Unity Learning Academy and is a 2020 Teach for America Corp Member. She is excited to join Tulsa Changemakers to empower youth to become leaders in their community and school. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys riding the Harley, watching football, playing golf, and chasing after her dog Kelce.
KIPP High School
Whitney Brimat is a first year teacher who earned her Bachelors Degree from CUNY City College in New York City. Whitney is a Teach for America Corps member who became a teacher to share her love of reading and writing with students. Prior to joining TFA, Whitney spent over a decade working in the field of drug prevention and youth development. This included overseeing a youth leadership training and character development program for adolescents and working with her local school district to implement restorative practices and reduce disproportionate suspensions among students of color. Whitney is very excited to join KTUP and contribute to getting every student to and through college.
Coach, Coach Mentor
Born and raised in Colorado, Andrea Brush White came to Tulsa through Teach For America. With a background in studio art, she is entering her fifth year of teaching and returning to her role as the Kendall Whittier art teacher. Ms. Brush loves the excitement that comes from creating with kids every day and is excited to be engaged with her new team of Changemakers.
Alex Cohen was born in Yorktown Heights, New York and graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Organizational Behavior. After graduating, Alex joined Teach for America and moved to Tulsa to teach 4th and 5th grade at Marshall Elementary School. His passion is cultivating platforms for students to utilize their collective voice to effect change.
Meredith Cooper was born in Houston, Texas and is a Texan through and through. Upon graduating from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Meredith moved to Tulsa with Teach for America. She is currently the 7th and 8th grade Student Supports teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. Meredith loves soccer, making music, and working with young people.
Will Rogers College Senior High
Timothy Crisp is an 8th grade English Teacher at Will Rogers College Junior High. He is a University of Oklahoma alumnus with a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Educational Policy. He hails from Claremore, Oklahoma and enjoys playing the piano, designing LED stage displays, and playing frisbee golf. As an avid car lover, Mr. Crisp enjoys all conversations about dream vehicles. Mr. Crisp is starting his third year teaching with a desire to impact the lives of public school students who often times don’t receive the care and concern from the system that they deserve. Mr. Crisp hopes to empower students to use their voices to stand up for their feelings and beliefs.
Aimar Diaz teaches 1st grade Dual Language at Springdale Elementary. Originally from Venezuela, Aimar has had the opportunity to move multiple times throughout her life and was excited to have the opportunity to call Tulsa home. She graduated from Texas A&M University and came to Tulsa as a 2020 Teach for America corps member. She is entering her second year teaching and is excited to learn from her students everyday. As a Changemakers Coach, she hopes to create a space where students feel comfortable to express themselves and impact their community!
Ellen Ochoa Elementary
Maggie Dombrowski is a 4th-grade teacher at Ellen Ochoa Elementary. Maggie grew up living in many different states and countries, but her family is now in San Antonio, Texas. She moved to Tulsa in 2015 to attend Oral Roberts University, where she earned degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is passionate about working with young people and empowering them to use their voices for change. Maggie loves cycling, spending time with friends, and her dog Ollie.
Celia Clinton Elementary
Heather Erdmann is originally from a SMALL town in Adams, WI and came to Oklahoma for school in 2006. She has a degree in pastoral theology and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business. Heather is a veteran graphic designer and artist who was working in her crafts professionally until God asked her to become a teacher in 2019. Teaching has been the most fulfilling, eye opening, and self-shattering experience for Heather. Heather is an artist and feels so blessed to have become an art teacher. She came into education with anything but a traditional, fixed mindset that, unfortunately, business nerds like her, would dissect in case studies and have to conclude in frustration that those mindsets had no idea how their inability to commit to being organic ripples through society and transcends generations of marginalized groups. Heather came to teaching with a mind that analyzes trends, exposes connections, redirects energy, and relentlessly asks "why" to arrive at "how can we make it better." That is the central core of any great artist -- critically analyzing every detail as it relates to an overall masterpiece.
Union High School
Linda Felstein joined the Tulsa Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, a holistic approach to empower youth, at Union Public Schools in August 2016. Currently, she serves as the Carrera/Reach College and Career/DEI Specialist at Union High School, championing the needs of first generation students through programming centered on cultural responsiveness, equity, and inclusion. Her work focuses on celebrating the cultural, academic, social and emotional capital BIPOC students bring into educational spaces, by developing various events, professional development sessions, and projects.
Linda serves as a member on the Union district’s DEI Council, providing recommendations on school-wide equitable practices. She is a participant of Leadership Tulsa’s New Voices cohort 12, serves on the Teach for America Greater Tulsa board, and in October 2020, graduated from The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice's Inclusive Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of New York University with a Master of Science degree in Fundraising and Philanthropy.
Derek Frey is a Community Schools Coordinator and Math Specialist and former Changemakers Coach at Ellen Ochoa Community Elementary School, where he commits himself to stepping alongside youth in their journey of self-discovery. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has since escaped the tundra to live in Arizona, Ecuador, California, and most recently Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a 2016 Teach For America corps member. His passion for working with youth comes from his own personal experiences with positive role models outside of the family who provided affirmation and unrelenting belief in him. His central values are persisting in strengthening community and affirming and pushing the potential of all youth to recognize and activate their personal power.
Lexi Goodnough is the 5th grade Science/Social Studies teacher at Cooper Elementary. She is originally from Upstate New York, and went to college at Syracuse University, earning a degree in Policy Studies and Supply Chain Management. After graduation, Lexi joined Teach for America, moved to Tulsa, and began teaching at Cooper. She currently lives on the East Side with her cat, Quinn. She loves to travel, cook, roller skate, and tell people that she is an empath.
Andi Gourd teaches 5th grade Math and Science at Skelly Elementary. Andi is originally from smalltown Sallisaw, Oklahoma and moved to Tulsa in 2016. She fell in love with the ever-growing art and food scene in Tulsa and is proud to call Tulsa her home. Andi is excited to support the Tulsa community that she fell in love with and support her students as they grow as Tulsa Changemakers.
McLain High School
Hall was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. She is an alumnus of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she graduated with a major in History. She currently teaches US History and AP US History at McLain High School, where she serves as a 2020 Teach for America corps member. As a Changemakers Coach, she hopes to empower students to use their powerful voices to advocate for themselves and their community.
Phoenix Rising Alternative School
Keith Hall joined Tulsa County as the Assistant Administrator for Phoenix Rising. He currently possesses two Bachelor of Science degrees: 1) Education/Math/Science from Tulsa University and 2) Organizational Leadership from Langston University at Tulsa. Mr. Hall also has graduate degrees: 1) Master’s in Entrepreneurial Studies and 2) Master of Social Work, which was completed last year. He is also a proud member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard of 21 years.
Mr. Hall brings 15 years of work experience working within community mental health as a Family Support Specialist/Case Manager where he provided services within the public schools and throughout the community such as tutoring, life skill trainings, HIV/AIDS/Substance Abuse prevention groups, and recreational activities serving both “at-promise” youth and adults. Mr. Hall also served within a leadership role overseeing programs such as truancy, 21st Century, F.A.S.T. (Families and Schools Together), and Wraparound.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Figueroa-Hall, and his two sons, Tony and Chrisian.
Eugene Field Elementary
Darrico Harris is a 5th grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan. In spring 2016, Coach Harris graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, earning degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to teaching, he served with City Year in Columbia, South Carolina. Coach Harris moved to Tulsa, OK in the summer of June 2018 to pursue his passion for education as a teacher. His goal is to become an educator at the college level after obtaining a Ph.D. in Psychology. For fun, Coach Harris enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and traveling.
East Central Junior High
Suzanne Harris was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. She graduated Cum Laude from Towson University with a B.S. in Social Sciences and Secondary Education. She is a proud 2019 Teach for America Corps alum. It is her third year teaching 7th grade Social Studies at East Central Junior High. Go Cardinals!
Allison Harvey was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in December of 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Library and Information Science at OU-Tulsa. Directly following graduation, Allison worked at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. She is currently the Media Specialist at Boevers Elementary. Allison loves the Sooners, all things Disney, reading, and her dog Fred.
Greenwood Leadership Academy
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Malayna Hasmanis is entering into her fifth year of teaching as a fifth-grade teacher at Greenwood Leadership Academy. Malayna pursued an undergraduate degree in Special Education prior to teaching abroad for several years in South Korea and Tanzania. While teaching abroad, Malayna earned two graduate degrees: one in Educational Leadership and another in Public Administration. She is currently earning her doctorate from Southern Nazarene University in Educational Leadership to obtain her certification to be a superintendent. Through a deep commitment and passion for empowering youth and achieving equitable opportunities for all scholars, Malayna is excited to bring Tulsa Changemakers to her school and develop leadership among her students!
Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy
Michael Hendricks is a 5th Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy. He holds a Master's degree in History from Arkansas Tech University. For the first few years of his teaching career, he taught high school history before finding his true passion as an elementary teacher. He is beginning his third year as an elementary teacher and at Tisdale. Both of his parents are retired teachers, his father a college professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, his mother a Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and Art teacher.
Michael came to Changemakers because he believes his school needs student leaders in the school and community of Tisdale and Changemakers helps fill that need. Michael is also the Debate Coach and sponsor for Safety Patrol.
Kasey Hughart works as a Case Manager for Strong Tomorrows in Tulsa Public Schools to support young parents as they finish their high school education at Hale High School. She’s super excited to serve as a Coach Mentor after multiple years of being a Changemaker Coach because youth engagement and advocacy are her passions. Kasey graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from OU-Tulsa after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Tulsa.
Kasey has experience working in reproductive justice through the Strong Tomorrows program as well as immigrant justice as the co-founder of Dream Act Oklahoma, the first youth-led immigrant rights coalition in Oklahoma. Her hope is to help our community become a better place for everyone by supporting marginalized individuals, particularly youth, in realizing their power to bring about positive impact while dismantling oppressive systemic barriers that perpetuate sociological issues.
Ben Imlay is a native of Columbus, Ohio and proud graduate of Wittenberg University. It was during his time at Wittenberg where Ben discovered his passion for education and community organizing as a loyal volunteer for a community-based non-profit known as Springfield Promise Neighborhood. Upon graduating from Wittenberg in 2014, Ben was hired on by Promise full-time as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where he worked alongside neighbors and families to ensure the academic and social success for young people. Two years later, Ben made the 800-mile journey southwest to Tulsa, Oklahoma to teach middle school for Collegiate Hall Charter School as a 2017 Teach For America corps member. Ben is now in his fourth year as a teacher for the Collegiate, and is more committed than ever to helping all young people here in Tulsa discover their passion, purpose and power.
Program Coordinator -
Power of Youth
Hannah Jarman moved from the South Suburbs of Chicago to Tulsa as a Teach for America Corps member in 2017. As a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with degrees in Global Studies and Communication, Hannah has used her passion for international studies and community engagement to teach 4th grade at Ellen Ochoa Elementary School. Her drive lies in the fact that she believes student voice can change the world.
Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School - Flores
Charity Jeffords teaches 7th grade ELA at Tulsa Honor Academy-Flores Middle School. Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, Charity graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in General Studies and a minor in English. Charity joins us in Tulsa as a first year Teach for America Corps member, having previously served three years with AmeriCorps ATEAM, tutoring and mentoring youth in reading and math across all grade levels. Charity is excited to be a part of Changemakers.
Tulsa Service Year Fellow,
Lydia Jeong (she/her/hers) is a proud Midwestern, Korean-American originally from the Tulsa area. She is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Tulsa with a dual degree in Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Management and Music and Advertising minor. As an undergraduate, Lydia interned with the Tulsa Ballet and ImpactTulsa, served as Vice President of Communications, Founder of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity taskforce for Delta Gamma sorority, and was a campus Orientation Leader. In her time with ImpactTulsa, she became certified in Continuous Learning & Improvement and Results Based Facilitation, as well as graphic designing materials for the TYPROS launched community project, ‘We Are All Connected.’ Lydia’s values of racial equity, arts advocacy, and equitable outcomes for youth have been largely molded by her experiences in the nonprofit sector and her multicultural identity. She is a lover of all arts, being a long-time violinist playing on and off for the Tulsa Symphony, and she enjoys conscious hip hop/rap, graphic design, kimchi, and dissecting films.
Callie Kirk is the College Readiness Advisor at Tulsa Honor Academy Charter School. She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Previous to her current position, she taught Social Studies at Tulsa Public Schools and English Language Arts at Tulsa Honor Academy. Her goal is to assist scholars in making an impact in their communities.
Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School
Bobby Lee is currently a 7th grade science teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. This is his third year teaching. He previously taught 6th grade English Language Arts teacher. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He started his career in journalism as a reporter for Bloomberg Tax in Washington, D.C., where he covered federal tax policy on Capitol Hill. In 2019, he began his career in education when he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to serve as a corps member with Teach for America. He graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Economics.
Jake Lerner is a Program Director of Tulsa Changemakers. During his first year as a Teach For America corps member teaching 5th grade at Tulsa Legacy Charter School, Jake co-founded Tulsa Changemakers with Andrew Spector because they were inspired by the leadership skills of their respective students. Jake is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In collaboration with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Global Youth Empowerment, Jake has co-created and facilitated social innovation and leadership identity workshops in Philadelphia and Dubai. He is currently earning a Master of Public Administration from University of Oklahoma and has received training from the Asset Based Community Development Institute. Jake serves as Board Member for the Hillel of Northeastern Oklahoma and Congregation B’nai Emunah, and tutors with Reading Partners at Eugene Field Elementary. In 2018, Jake was honored with ionOklahoma’s NextGen Under 30 Award.
Collegiate Hall Charter School
Taylor Lombard grew up in metro-Detroit before attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Biochemistry and English. Upon graduation, Taylor moved to Tulsa as a Teach for America 2020 corps member. She currently teaches 7th and 8th grade reading at Collegiate Hall Middle School. Taylor loves to hear a good story, exercise outdoors, and partner with youth who have a vision and a voice!
Union Alt Ed
Courtney McCartney is an English teacher and College and Career advisor at Union Alternative School. She has been in education for 12 years. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education. She has spent the last 6 years at Union’s Alternative program where she works with students to create individual plans for success that not only get them to high school graduation but challenge them to make post-secondary plans as well. She is excited to bring the Changemakers program to her school so that she can give her students a platform to utilize their voices to improve their communities
Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School
Madi Meister is a 5th and 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School. Madi grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Upon graduating from Oklahoma State University and receiving a degree in Public Relations, she worked for a multicultural camping ministry in Asheville, North Carolina called Young Life, where she became excited about working with kids and pursuing equity. She became a Greater Tulsa Teach For America Corps member in 2019, and has grown a passion for community engagement and character building in the classroom. Her favorite thing about teaching is developing meaningful relationships with scholars and learning alongside them, and she is excited to continue to support her students in gaining leadership and advocacy skills through Changemakers.
Union Freshman Academy
Cynthia O’Donnell is a first year coach with Changemakers. She has been teaching at Union Freshman Academy for 16 years. Other than being a coach for Changemakers, she teaches advanced biology, biology, and the EDGE program. The EDGE program is a partnership with Tulsa Community College where students have the opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time. She also teaches the GED prep course at TCC from time to time. Mrs. O’Donnell was born and raised in Tulsa. She has her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education and master’s in Teaching Learning Leadership with an emphasis in Math and Science. Both degrees are from Oklahoma State University. In her free time, Mrs. O’Donnell likes to spend her time with her family. She has been married to her husband, Jim for 8 years and has two daughters Katelynn, 5 and Kylie, 15. Her daughters keeps her busy with their activities.
Xiomara Pacheco is a 7th year Pre-Algebra teacher at Central Middle and High School. She came to Tulsa from New York City through Teach for America right after graduating from CUNY Lehman College in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics. Besides teaching
math, Xiomara also runs Student Council as a way to expose her students to fundraising events and different volunteer opportunities in their community. In her free time and during school breaks, Xiomara enjoys baking, traveling, and spending time with her family in New York.
Will Rogers College Junior High
Michelle Pineda was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and moved to Tulsa when she joined Teach for America as a Corps Member. Currently, she is a 6th grade Dual Language World Geography teacher in Rogers College Middle School. In her spare time, Michelle loves to dance, paint, and crochet. Michelle believes in the importance of advocacy and representation inside and outside of the classroom and she is very passionate about working with students and their families to bring a positive change in their community.
Brittany grew up as a global citizen, due to her father's enlistment in the military. She loves to travel, practice yoga, read, bake and any other leisure activity. Brittany graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration. She has always been interested in working for her community which is what brought her to Tulsa. Brittany is looking forward to spending more time getting to know the Tulsa community, and working with a wonderful group of bright students at Marshall Elementary.
Grace Randolph was born and raised in southeast Texas and moved to Tulsa after living in London. She is a Special Education Teacher K-5 at Grove Elementary in Union Public Schools. Grace has taught Special Education for five years and was a Teacher Assistant at Monte Cassino for 16 years. She earned a B.S. in Business from Sam Houston State University and a M.A. in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Grace lives in Tulsa with her four dogs and enjoys travel, flowers, and the outdoors.
Grady Rosser teaches 5th Grade at Marshall T. Moore Elementary, which is a part of the Union Public Schools system. He was born and raised in Tulsa and then went to the University of Miami (FL) for his undergraduate education, and Wake Forest for his graduate education. The draw of Oklahoma kept calling though, and he moved back to Tulsa and began working at Moore Elementary. He is very excited for his first year being a Changemaker Coach to help empower and guide students to show they can change their communities for the better in their own way.
Tulsa Honor Academy High School
Kimberly Siftar graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Psychology. She worked in corporate and agency recruiting specializing in sales roles while living in Dallas, LA and NYC. Kimberly completed her Master’s degree in Teaching at Texas Woman’s University. She joined the High School STEM team at Tulsa Honor Academy in 2019. She is currently teaching AP Chemistry, Chemistry and AP Psychology. She is excited to partner with her Scholars for Changemaker’s this year!
Andrew Spector is a Program Director of Tulsa Changemakers. During his first year as a Teach For America corps member teaching 6th grade at Bell Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools, Andrew co-founded Tulsa Changemakers with Jake Lerner because they were inspired by the leadership skills of their respective students. Andrew is originally from Bedford, Massachusetts and graduated from the Honors College at College of Charleston with a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, Andrew received the college’s highest honor, the Bishop Robert Smith Award, for his leadership and academic excellence. He has served with the Metanoia Community Development Corporation in North Charleston, South Carolina and received training from the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and the Asset Based Community Development Institute. Andrew serves as Board Member for the Hillel of Northeastern Oklahoma and Jewish Federation of Tulsa, tutors with Reading Partners at Eugene Field Elementary, and is a member of Interfaith Youth Core’s Alumni Speakers and Trainers Bureau. In 2018, Andrew was honored with ionOklahoma’s NextGen Under 30 Award.
Sabrina Wilber is a 5th grade teacher at McAuliffe Elementary in Union Public Schools. In spring 2016, Coach Wilber graduated from Oklahoma State University earning a dual major degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. Shortly after, she moved to Tulsa with the passion to serve students through Teach for America. Coach Wilber graduated from John Hopkins University in May 2020 with a masters in Education. For fun, Coach Wilber enjoys serving with her community group, hiking, rowing, reading, and traveling.
Megan Wing was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She attended college at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish. During college, she lived in the Peruvian Amazon, northern Colorado, and Maine to learn Spanish and study the environment. After college, she accepted a position with Teach for America and moved to Tulsa to teach Kindergarten at Springdale Elementary School. Megan is passionate about all things soccer (specifically the U.S. Women's National Team), building community among friends and within her school, and sharing stories with people around her.