MENTORS

Instead of "teacher," we call our instructors Mentors because we believe that building deep, long-lasting relationships is the core of who we are and what we do.

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AMANDA KINGSTON

PROVOST, MENTOR, CHAIR OF ENGLISH, DEAN OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Amanda Kingston holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. She served as a 2013 Teach for America Corps Member as a seventh grade English and social studies teacher in the South Louisiana region prior to her role at Odyssey Leadership Academy. In 2017, she was selected as Fund for Teachers Fellow. She is passionate about transformational education and issues around women and female voice. 

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ANHTHU NELSON

MENTOR

AnhThu grew up outside of New Orleans and holds a B.S. in Math and an M.A. in Emergency Management and Disaster Relief. After college she commissioned into the Air Force and spent 7 years as an Air Battle Manager. Since her retirement from the Air Force, she has taken time off to develop a love for spiritual formation and connecting with people around Oklahoma City. AnhThu loves hanging out with her husband and dogs, watching movies, and doing Crossfit.

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CARMEN CURRO

HEAD OF SCHOOL, MENTOR

Carmen Curro graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History and Education from Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO. Mr. Curro spent his college summers working as a rafting, backpacking, and rock climbing guide for Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting in Buena Vista, CO. After college, he taught 6th - 12th grade classes at an unique outdoor education program, called Ekklesia Mountain High. From 2013-2016, Mr. Curro and his wife Linsey Curro served in Nicaragua for a nonprofit medical organization coordinating and leading medical expedition teams into remote communities. 

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JAMES CHENG

DEAN OF STUDENT ADVANCEMENT

In addition to advising students on their plans after graduating, Mr. Cheng also teaches math and science topics at OLA.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Music and Physics at Ouachita Baptist University and continued with graduate studies at Arizona State University and the Eastman School of Music.  He taught in the music department at Oklahoma City University from 2009 - 2016Having missionary parents, Mr. Cheng grew up in various countries, fostering his desire to help the impoverished all over the globe. He and his family have traveled to Honduras several times to serve at a residency for at-risk children.

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JOSIAH BILES

MENTOR, DEAN OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT, CHAIR OF SCIENCES

Josiah Biles holds a B.S. in Biology from East Central University, with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. He worked as a laboratory technician at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and also as a science teacher at Harding Charter Preparatory School in OKC. Since high school, he has studied Spanish in Spain, Costa Rica, has traveled through Peru, interpreted for medical clinics in Nicaragua, and interned at a boy's summer school in Belize. Mr. Biles has also spent extended time in Cardiff, Wales. Mr. Biles is very passionate about helping students develop morally, and believes being a good teacher starts with being a good mentor. He enjoys reading, climbing, running, and woodworking in his free time. He lives nearby downtown OKC with his wife, Cierra. 

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KORTNEY SCHWARTZ

MENTOR

Kortney Schwartz is continually furthering her own personal studies in English and math. She loves running, hiking, exploring, biking, and yoga. She also enjoys reading poetry and philosophy. Miss Schwartz developed a love for connecting and building relationships with people from different cultures and countries. She helps tutor refugees in the OKC area in English through The Spero Project. She has lived, studied, and served abroad in Haiti, Mexico, and Peru. Miss Schwartz has worked with students of all ages in multiple settings, and has a passion for teaching and students.

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LINSEY CURRO

MENTOR

Linsey Curro loves traveling, photography, the outdoors, and having life conversations with girls. She has traveled all around the world, spending extended amounts of time in Scotland, Russia, and Nicaragua. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in photography, journalism, and ministry from Bethel College in Indiana, she taught elementary history, high school art, and led students on backpacking excursions with Ekklesia Mountain High in Buena Vista, CO.

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J. LOGAN KRUCK

MENTOR

Logan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Southern Nazarene University, a Masters of Theological Studies in Old Testament from Duke Divinity School, and is currently working on his doctoral research in forming imaginations at Duke Divinity. He has taught in Oklahoma and South Korean public schools, and was the educational director for Grace Lutheran, near Chicago. While in Chicago, he drew students together across neighborhood, economic, and racial boundaries, teaching spoken word performance, and engaging students in internships with refugee, victim advocacy, and after school agencies. Logan loves comic books, board games, writing, running, hiking, and crochet. Logan and his wife, Kathleena, continually dream up new adventures together.

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PHILIP MOLL

MENTOR

Philip Moll holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University. Fresh out of college, Philip's interests lay in the intersection of neighborhoods, food systems and education, and he works passionately to bring life to these areas. Philip loves mentoring young men, and finds joy in reading, writing, and playing sports of any kind.

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DR. SCOTT MARTIN

FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Scott Martin is a lifelong educator who has worked with students for the past 20+ years as a Young Life director, teacher, coach, and school administrator. Scott has a Bachelor's degree in Theology, a Master's in Creative Writing, and a PhD in Moral School Leadership. he presents at conferences around the world on topics pertaining to education, culture, and city transformation.

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SEAN BECKETT

EXPLORATIONS MENTOR

Sean Beckett grew up in Connecticut and New York. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, he attended Yale University where he earned a B.A. in American Studies. Mr. Beckett has spent time working on horse ranches in Southern Spain, serving in a homeless church in New Have, and attending a discipleship training school on a sailboat in England with Youth With A Mission. A former mathlete, Mr. Beckett has also competed and performed around the world as a slam poet and spoken word artist.

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TIERNEY GULLO

MENTOR

Tierney Gullo is native to Oklahoma City and spent two years at OCCC studying Early Childhood Education. She has spent time in Uganda, Kenya, London and Wales. Her dream is to travel to Nepal to see the Himalayas and visit one of her favorite non profits - Portal Bikes. Tierney spent a year interning with Frontline Church doing Community Outreach in OKC. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband, drawing, reading a good book, listening to music, or exploring the great outdoors. 

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ANGIE KELLEY

TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS

Angie grew up in Edmond, OK, and earned a B.S.E. in Mathematics from Oklahoma Christian University. She has been in education for over a decade as a high school math teacher and coach. She has served internationally in several countries, including one year of teaching English in central China. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time outdoors.

 
 

Mentoring is at the heart of everything we do at Odyssey.

 
 
 

 

BOARD of DIRECTORS

Odyssey Leadership Academy is goverend by a team of highly passionate, skilled, and talented visionaries who are avid in their pursuit of excellence and integrity. Each person brings his or her own unique skill set, background, and experience in education, community development, and/or city transformation.

 

LAURA KIRBY, Director of the SHARP program at The Spero Project

JOSH BOTTOMLY, Associate Head of School for Academics at an independent day school

JON MIDDENDORF, Senior Pastor, OKC First Church of the Nazarene

LT. WAYLAND CUBIT, OKC Police Department

TYLER GREEN, Ministries Coordinator at Hobby Lobby

JUSTIN KING, Attorney at Law