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Meet The Team

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Lydia Alabach

Coach, Ellen Ochoa Elementary

Lydia Alabach is passionate about developing and empowering the upcoming generations of leaders through character training, mentorship, and education. Her passion was developed while working as a counselor at Brookhill Ranch Summer Camp in Hot Springs, AR. At Brookhill, she gained the desire to cultivate communities of young people that are safe, relationship-oriented, and value each child’s uniqueness. This led Lydia to study Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Oral Roberts University. She now teaches third grade at Ellen Ochoa Elementary, a Union Public School, and absolutely loves pouring into and learning from her students despite the challenges that arise. Outside of school, Lydia enjoys training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, exploring outdoors, and investing time in friends and family.

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Calvin Anderson

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 two years later, Calvin is excited to bring that supportive Tulsa community further into Skelly and bring Skelly students further into the community through Changemakers.

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Alli Blankenship

Coach, Rosa Parks Elementary

Alli Blankenship is a 4th grade teacher 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.

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Andrea Brush

Coach, Kendall Whittier Elementary

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 fourth 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.

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Edward Chiu

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.

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Alex Cohen

Coach, Marshall Elementary

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.

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Meredith Cooper

Coach, Tulsa Honor Academy

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 9th grade Student Supports teacher at Tulsa Honor Academy. Meredith loves soccer, making music, and working with young people.

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Timothy Crisp

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 second 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.

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Diane D'Costa

Coach, McLain High School

Diane D'Costa is originally from Laurel, Maryland and found her way to Oklahoma to teach in Tulsa Public Schools as a Teach for America corps member. With a passion for equity, Diane has committed her career to reforming public education and empowering youth leadership to elevate student voices. She is also an artist and spends her evenings and weekends throwing pottery at Waterworks Clay Studio. Diane is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied Public Policy and Leadership as well as Youth and Social Innovation.

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Kim Ellis

Coach, Phoenix Rising

A native Tulsan, Kim Ellis received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and master’s degree in School Administration from Northeastern State University. Kim’s first day in the classroom, as a permanent substitute for Tulsa Public Schools at Lakeside Home, was memorable also because it was 9-11-01. She became a full-time teacher the following February, and currently serves the students and staff of Phoenix Rising Alternative School as Dean. Kim is a foodie and enjoys visiting new places, sampling the cuisine and the culture. She loves spending time with family and friends and playing board games.

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Darrico Harris

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.

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Briana Harrison

Coach, Monroe Middle School

Briana Harrison grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Temple University.  She moved to Tulsa as a City Year working at McLain High School.  She then joined Teach for America and taught 8th Grade Physical Science at McLain for the next two years. Briana now teaches 8th Grade Science at Monroe Demonstration Middle School. She chose to be a Changemakers Coach because she has seen what North Tulsa scholars are capable of, given the opportunity, and she is thrilled to be able to coach the first group of Monroe Changemakers.

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Allison Harvey

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.

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Kasey Hughart

Coach, Nathan Hale High School

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 continue to serve as the Changemakers Coach for Hale High School 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.

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Ben Imlay

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 third 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.

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Dominique Kilgore

Program Coordinator, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet

Dominique Kilgore was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a Program Coordinator for the Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet. She attends Daniel Webster High School and Tulsa Community College. She graduated from the Sound Engineering course at Tulsa Technology Center where she earned a Pro Tools certification and is currently enrolled in the Television Production program in which she has earned a camera certification. She is Student Council President at her high school and is a part of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and SkillsUSA. Dominique’s passions are band, where she plays bass guitar and contrabass clarinet, and creative writing. After she graduates, she wants to go to The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma to major in Contemporary Music Performance and minor in Contemporary Music Business. One day, she plans on becoming an author and musician to help advocate for people through her art.

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Jake Lerner

Co-Founder and Program Director, Tulsa Changemakers

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.

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Teresa Mullowney

Coach, Roy Clark Elementary

Teresa Mullowney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a large family. The family moved to Oklahoma in 1971 where they all attended public school for the first time - her first grade classroom at St. Dorothy's School had 65 students.  She began her college career in Stillwater, attending Oklahoma State University - at the same time as Garth Brooks - and at one point lived on the same block as the original Eskimo Joe's. After taking English Education classes while learning to speak Spanish she returned to Philadelphia to complete her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Temple University. Like a boomerang, Teresa returned years later to eventually teach Pre-K students at Union's Roy Clark Elementary, while at the same time sponsoring after-school programs for older students. She loves the idea of helping building tomorrow's leaders with today's energetic youth.

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Sophie O'Reilly

Program Coordinator, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet

Sophie O'Reilly was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, but raised in Tulsa. She attends Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences and is a member of their liberal arts house. She is an active member of her Speech and Debate team and works to remain connected to the Tulsa community by assisting local non-profits and volunteer organizations. She is passionate about working with incarcerated people in Oklahoma, and is creating a program to teach Speech and Debate to women in prison. She is currently an intern at Tulsa Public Schools' Design Lab. In college, she plans to major in Political Science.

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Andrew Spector

Co-Founder and Program Director, Tulsa Changemakers

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.

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Tyla Webb

Program Coordinator, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet

Tyla Webb was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a Program Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent's Student Cabinet. She attends Tulsa Central High School. She is Historian for National Honor Society, Senior Class Vice President, and homecoming Senior Attendant. Her passions are helping others and being there for them when times get rough. She wants to help her community and restore greatness. After high school she plans on attending Spelman College to continue her studies. 

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Megan Wing

Coach, Springdale Elementary

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.