Meet The Team
Coach, Skelly Elementary
Calvin Anderson teaches 6th grade Science, Social Studies, and STEM at Skelly Elementary. Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Calvin was convinced to move to Oklahoma by a college roommate from Tulsa who promised a great music scene and an exceptionally supportive community. Tulsa did not disappoint. Almost three years later, Calvin is excited to continue to bring that supportive Tulsa community further into Skelly and bring Skelly students further into the community through Changemakers.
Coach, McKinley Elementary
Donna Bishop is the Library Media Specialist at McKinley Elementary, a Tulsa Public School. She has been at the school for five years, entering under the Alternative Certification program. Ms. Bishop received her Masters in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma, but spent the majority of her library career in the university setting, working at universities such as Tulane in New Orleans and Bendictine University outside of Chicago. She found her true passion to be the elementary library though, in that she loves seeing the joy and enthusiasm kids have in learning how to read and discovering the variety of books available for their reading pleasure.
Ms. Bishop is proud to be coaching the initial Changemaker team at McKinley. She knows the students throughout the school and looks forward to helping the first team develop their leadership and community engagement skills. McKinley Elementary has students with a diverse variety of interests and talents, which she believes provides the perfect opportunity for creating an exceptionally strong team and enduring program.
Alli Blankenship is a 4th grade teacher and former Changemakers Coach at Rosa Parks Elementary in Union Public Schools. Alli graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and in 2015 with a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum Supervision. She has worked with students and families in Union Public Schools, as well as Broken Arrow Public Schools. Alli lives in Skiatook, Oklahoma with her husband, Garrett, and their dog, Hollie.
Coach, 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, Kendall Whittier Elementary and 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.
Coach, Greenwood Leadership Academy
Hank Byrd is an Army veteran, filmmaker and 3rd grade math teacher at Greenwood Leadership Academy. Originally from Georgia, Hank moved to Tulsa after graduating from Kansas State University in 2002, with a degree in Journalism/Mass Communication and Political Science. A lifelong nerd or “Blerd”, Hank enjoys sci-fi, fantasy and horror films, video games and comic books. Out of his accomplishments in film, education and social activism, his greatest achievements are his five children and his bubbly granddaughter, Tiana.
Coach, East Central Junior High
Edward Chiu was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California, where he majored in business administration and minored in social entrepreneurship. He currently teaches 7th grade mathematics at East Central Junior High School, where he serves as a 2019 Teach For America corps member. He is passionate about empowering students to realize and achieve their full potential.
Coach, Grove Elementary
Ali Chorley is a 5th grade teacher at Grove elementary in Union Public Schools. Ali graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Ali lives with her husband in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Ali loves hiking, working out, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Coach, Tulsa Honor Academy Middle School
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.
Coach, Will Rogers College Junior 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.
Coach, Eugene Field Elementary
Isis Cuevas was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in English Education. Isis came to Tulsa as a 2019 Teach for America corps member. She is entering her second year teaching and is excited for the many years to come in this profession. Currently she teaches 4th grade Dual Language at Springdale Elementary and is loving the community she has built there. In her spare time, Isis enjoys reading, writing, and doing anything art related. Her students are what drive her to be a better teacher than she was the day before.
Coach, 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.
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.
Coach, 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.
Coach, 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.
Coach, Boevers Elementary
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.
Coach, Ellen Ochoa Elementary
Marco Herrera is passionate about working with and learning from youth as they work to realize and actualize their undeveloped yet inherent power. Marco is a 2015 Teach for America alum and proud graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (B.A.) and the University of Oklahoma (M.Ed.) where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy. He is also the Co-Executive Chef of Vintage Wine Bar, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his free time, he loves tattoos, taco Tuesday, and LCD Soundsystem.
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 a former Changemakers Coach at Hale High School and is super excited to serve as a Coach Mentor because youth engagement and advocacy are her passions. Recently, 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.
Coach, Collegiate Hall Charter School
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.
Coach, KIPP Middle School
Juhon Irons is a graduate from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor's in Marketing and a Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He currently serves as a 7th grade math teacher for KIPP Tulsa. Outside of his time at school, he looks to generate and lead the next generation of young minds into being better versions of themselves through a leadership group.
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.
Coach, Tulsa Honor Academy High School
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.
Emily Lara is a senior at Nathan Hale High School and a Tulsa Changemaker alumnus. She is currently in her second and final year at Tulsa Tech to become a licensed cosmetologist. Once she becomes a licensed cosmetologist she wants to focus more in nail art and makeup. She wants to become a cosmetologist because she wants everyone that feels uncomfortable with their appearance to feel good about themselves. She is also an alumnus of the Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet.
Emily became a U.S. resident at the age of 11. She moved to the U.S. from Mexico in 2015 and since that time she has been a really passionate student and has always had good grades. She is a well-rounded individual who lives with passion, happiness, and grace.
Coach, Nathan Hale Junior High
Sam Larsen was born in a rural neighborhood outside of Boise, Idaho. He moved to the city for college at the University of Chicago, where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biological Sciences. After college, Sam came to Tulsa by way of Teach for America as a 2019 corps member. He currently teaches 7th grade math at Hale Junior High and has found a passion for equitable education practices that amplify student voices and empower youth to work of their own accord.
Coach, John Hope Franklin Elementary
Kaitlyn Lee is a 5th grade teacher at John Hope Franklin Elementary and is in her sixth year of teaching. She is from Sacramento, CA and earned her BA in History and Ethnic Studies from Azusa Pacific University and her Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Kaitlyn came to Tulsa through Teach for America in 2015 and continues teaching because she believes in the value and potential of kids and their communities.
Co-Founder and Program Director
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.
Coach, Nathan Hale High School
Caley Reid’s passion for student-led service began in her undergraduate career at Bowling Green State University, where she helped found an alternative break program at the university. After completing her undergraduate and graduate programs at BGSU, Caley opted for a service year with AmeriCorps, which landed her in Tulsa Public Schools. After serving a year at Nathan Hale High School, Caley pursued a teaching license and has taught English in her host school ever since. She is excited to watch her passionate, intelligent, inspiring students work to create positive change in the community they share.
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.
Coach, McLain High School
Jonathan Zabala was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University. He currently teaches Biology and Forensic Science at McLain High School, where he serves as a 2019 Teach for America corps member. As a Changemakers Coach, he hopes to empower students to use their powerful voices to advocate for themselves and their community! For fun, Jonathan enjoys playing basketball, watching stand-up comedy, and reading.
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.