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 is Ali’s second year teaching in the Toddler 1 class. She is the mom of (soon to be) two children. Her 7 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 third year as a teacher at Bethany Community School.
Amanda has an associate’s degree in early childhood development from Tulsa Community College and has 12 years of childcare experience. She has one son, who is currently in the Junior 2 Class. She enjoys playing board games and singing. This is her third year as a teacher at Bethany Community School.
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 First grade, and her 4 year old daughter is a Bethany student in Pre K. She is a Foodie, and loves Target, chocolate, and all Ohio sports teams. This is Ashley’s second year teaching at Bethany Community School.
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Jamie lives in Broken Arrow and has 5 children, aged 19, 15, 13, 7, and 2. She has an Associate’s in Early Childhood with a center director option. This is her 12th 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 third year teaching at Bethany Community School.
Katie is a mother of four children and has a degree from Oklahoma State University. She returns to Bethany Community School this year, having taught 5 years at the school in the past. Her hobbies include being at the baseball and soccer field, running, hanging out with friends and family.
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Kayla is a graduate from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and has a bachelor degree in art. She has a passion for art and children. She believes that art is not only fun but therapeutic for children to develop more learning. This is Kayla’s first year teaching at Bethany Community School.
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 second year at Bethany Community School, and she is so excited to be in the classroom again.
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, dog, and cat. She is also a part-time yoga instructor. Leslie has been a Bethany parent for the last 5 years, and this is her second year teaching at Bethany Community School.
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 31 years and has been a teacher at Bethany Community School for 16 years.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University. She is married, and has a 5 year old son who is in kindergarten, and is a Bethany graduate. This is Michelle’s second year teaching at Bethany Community School.
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 12th 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, and Kristin now works as a facilitator. She enjoys working with preschoolers and watching their language explode!
Brenda is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Physical Therapy and she is a licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Oklahoma. She has two sons, age 24 and 26, who are graduates of Bethany Community School. She spends her free time creating Stained Glass artwork. Brenda has taught at Bethany Community School for the past 8 years, and this is her 5th year as a classroom facilitator.
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.