Joy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in English education and has also done some post graduate work in business. She began her career as a preschool educator 25 years ago, after both of her daughters finished preschool at Bethany Community School. Early Childhood Education became her passion and she has added to her training fulfilling the 20 hours per year continuing education requirement for teachers for the last couple of decades. She also trained with the Gesell Institute of Child Development and continues her education with 30 hours of childcare management yearly. Keeping up with the latest in brain research and child development has kept her fresh and receptive to new ideas and strategies. In her years at Bethany Community School, she has taught classes at every age level. She is excited to be a part of the progressive direction that is underway at Bethany!
This will be Ali’s third year teaching in the Toddler 1 class. She is the mom of two children. Her 8 year-old daughter attended Bethany for three years, during which time Ali formed the bonds with the teachers that eventually led her to become a member of the staff. Ali holds an Associate of Science degree in nursing and aspires to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in the future. Her favorite hobbies include crafting, art, reading, and spending time outside with her family.
Allison has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University. She is certified to teach in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She is married and has one son who attended Bethany Community School for 4 years. She has previously taught 1st Grade, and this is her fourth year as a teacher at Bethany Community School.
Amanda has three children, ages 18, 13, and 5. Her youngest son graduated from Bethany last year. This is her third year teaching at Bethany. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her kids, swimming, traveling, and reading.
Ashley was born and raised in Ohio, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology from Ashland University. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children. Her son went to Bethany Community School for 3 years and is now in second grade grade, and her 5 year old daughter just graduated from Bethany and is now in Kindergarten. She is a Foodie, and loves Target, chocolate, and all Ohio sports teams. This is Ashley’s second year teaching at Bethany Community School.
Ashley is a native Tulsan who graduated from NSU with a bachelors in Biology. Her daughter went to Bethany Community School and she fell in love with the family feel of the school and is so excited to be apart of it. In her spare time she loves camping, decorating her planner, and training and doing agility with her Australian Shepherds. This is her first year teaching at Bethany!
Brittany has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from OSU. She is married and has three girls, 1 is a graduate of Bethany, 1 is currently attending, and 1 is a future student of BCS. She is also the Union Varsity Pom coach. Brittany enjoys reality TV and spending time with her family. This is her second year at Bethany.
Emilee and her husband moved from Colorado to Oklahoma 8 years ago. While in Colorado Emilee worked in special education. It was a position that she learned the importance of nurturing each child according to their individual needs, skills and interests. Since living in Oklahoma Emilee has been lucky enough to be a stay at home parent to her two daughters. The youngest is now a Bethany student. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoor camping, hiking, swimming and exploring new places. Emilee is passionate about working with young children and facilitating their growth and learning through play. Because of this Bethany is the perfect place for her and her daughter.
Jamie lives in Broken Arrow and has 5 children, aged 20, 16, 14, 8, and 3. She has an Associate’s in Early Childhood with a center director option. This is her 13th year at Bethany Community School. She enjoys taking pictures, playing board games, card games, reading, and spending time with her family
Jennie is a certified Early Childhood Teacher for the State of Oklahoma. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University. She also earned National Board Certification in Early Childhood. She taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade in public schools for 9 years before staying home for 6 years with her 3 children. She has been an adjunct instructor with Tulsa Technology Center, teaching classes for the Early Education department for the last 10 years. She was involved here at Bethany for 8 years as a parent, substitute, and shadow before becoming a teacher. This is her fourth year teaching at Bethany Community School.
Katie is a mother of four children and has a degree from Oklahoma State University. This will be her seventh year at Bethany. Her hobbies include being at the baseball and soccer field, running, hanging out with friends and family.
Kayci has an Associate of Arts degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. She is married and has two children. This is her fourth year teaching at Bethany Community School. In her spare time she enjoys watching football, fishing, reading, and spending time with her family.
Keri holds an Associate of Arts from Northern Oklahoma College, a Bachelor of Science in Education, from Northeastern State University, and a Masters of Education from Texas Woman’s University. She taught Special Education at the middle school level for ten years. She is married and has two boys, both Bethany graduates. Chocolate, coffee, and shopping at Target (alone) make her happy! This is her third year at Bethany Community School, and she is so excited to be in the classroom again.
Leah graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biology and has a Masters of Education from Oklahoma City University. She is married and has three sons. The oldest just graduated from Bethany last year and is now in kindergarten; the younger two attend Bethany. This is Leah’s first year teaching at Bethany Community School. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family.
Leslie graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Communication, and from the University of California, Irvine with a Master’s in Teaching. She has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Preschool. Leslie loves spending time with her husband, two children, 2 dogs, and cat. She is also a part-time yoga instructor. Leslie has been a Bethany parent for the last 6 years, and this is her third year at Bethany Community School, and has moved from the classroom to the office.
Mary is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and she holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano. She has three children and loves to travel. Mary has taught piano for 32 years and has been a teacher at Bethany Community School for 17 years.
Megan is a proud Tulsa native. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa for Science in Athletic Training. Married to her high school sweetheart, Megan and her husband have two kids – both Bethany students. This will be Megan’s second year teaching in the Toddler 2 class at Bethany Community School. She enjoys being active with her family, watching college football, and reading!
Tona has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University. She has been married for 29 years, and has three adult children. She has almost 20 years teaching experience in the Tulsa area, and has taught classes ranging from age 3 to 3rd grade. This will be her 13th year teaching at Bethany Community School.
Kristin is a graduate of Tulsa University with a Masters in Speech Pathology. She began working at Bethany Community School in August 2011 as a classroom teacher while her two kids attended the Preschool. Her children are both amazing graduates of Bethany Preschool. She enjoys working with preschoolers and watching their language explode!
All staff members must obtain 20 hours of continuing education each year. These hours must be approved by the state.
All staff members are required to attend monthly staff meetings in which training is an integral part. A minimum of 2 hours per month is devoted to staff training.