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.
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 Area Director, teacher, coach, and school administrator. Dr. Martin 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. He has led students on service leadership trips around the world that have included night snorkeling in Belize, backpacking in Colorado, horseback riding in Tuscany, serving the homeless in Italy, and living and working in several major inner cities across the United States. Dr. Martin works with city planners, school leaders, and community organizers to re-imagine institutions as places of moral health in pursuit of human and communal flourishing.
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 a Fund for Teachers Fellow. She is passionate about transformational education and issues around women and female voice.
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.
TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS
Angie Kelley 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.
Becca Janka grew up in Oklahoma where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Southern Nazarene University. She has tutored, coached, and counseled at many camps over her college years. She also co-founded the "Diversity in STEM" club, was NSLS president, and a student athlete on the Cross Country/Track team while at SNU. Becca enjoys quality time with friends, climbing, and exploring the great outdoors.
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.
Philip Moll holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University. 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.
J. LOGAN KRUCK
Logan Kruck 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.
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.
Shakari Stroud grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She served as a 2017 Teach for America Corps Member teaching middle school math. She has spent her last two summers leading a STEAM aviation camp at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She enjoys mentoring young girls, traveling domestic and abroad, as well as cooking, working out, hiking, and crafting.
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 Haven, 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.
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
DR. WILLIAM FRICK, Rainbolt Family Endowed Presidential Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma