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.
ASSOCIATE 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.
MENTOR, CHAIR OF MATH, DEAN OF FINANCE
Brennan Will holds a B.S. in Middle Level Education with Emphasis in Math and Science from The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. After graduating from college, he and his family moved to OKC to teach at Santa Fe South Charter High School, from 2010-2015. A father of five, Mr. Will is thankful to have such a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, to share the load of parenthood.
ASSOCIATE HEAD OF SCHOOL, MENTOR, DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
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.
Chism Young graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a business degree and worked for a marketing agency after graduation. After volunteering at Loveworks Leadership (a middle school afterschool program) and with the youth group at his church, he decided to become a teacher. He started teaching at New Land Academy, which eventually led him to Odyssey in the fall of 2017. Chism loves his wife, his two dogs, Seinfeld, Dr. Pepper Ten, books, music, games, and Oklahoma. His favorite movie is "Oh Brother Where Art Thou," his favorite band is Rush, and his favorite books are Calvin and Hobbes. Chism is an introvert who loves learning, especially about teaching, theology, and philosophy. Above all, he seeks to continue becoming who he is.
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 - 2016. Having 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.
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.
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.
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.
Madelin Greer holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. During college, she interned at New Land Academy working to develop New Land Brand. After graduating, she joined the NLA team full time teaching project-based courses. She joined Odyssey Leadership Academy in the fall of 2017 where she teaches history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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