Teachers

Middle School Teachers

Carrie Smith is the Insight School of Oklahoma Middle School Principal. This is her 4th year at ISOK, and her 21st year in education. Mrs. Smith taught middle school and high school math for 17 years in Texas before moving to Oklahoma and continuing her career in online education at ISOK. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where she was also a member of the SNU Volleyball team. She is currently working on her masters degree in Online Education from Southern New Hampshire University. Mrs. Smith has been married to her husband, Darren, for 21 years. Mr. Smith is a youth pastor in Tulsa. They have 2 children, Cameron and Jayden. Cameron is a sophomore at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where he is pursuing a degree in Music Business. Jayden is a sophomore at Union High School where she is a member of the high school volleyball team.

Liza Casillas is a Math Teacher for ISOK Middle School.

Kimberly Darris is an ELA Teacher for ISOK Middle School.

Deanna Duerson is a Middle School Science Teacher who came to ISOK in 2014 and has  worked over 38 years in education. She earned a bachelor's in Biology with minor in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Deanna coached basketball, and is known to her students as "Coach D."

Dylan Hancock is a History Teacher for ISOK Middle School.

Jason Harrison is a Middle School History teacher who has been with ISOK since 2017. He has worked 13 years in education overall. Jason has a bachelor's Degree from Oklahoma State University.

Kaylee Huerta is an electives teacher who started with ISOK in 2020. She has worked in brick and mortar as the Art teacher for Tulsa Public Schools in Elementary and Middle School. She has a Bachelor of Art Education form NSU and a master's of Fine Arts from The University of Tulsa. She currently lives in Tulsa with her husband and two sons.

Tina Kirkpatrick is a Math Interventionist for ISOK Middle School.

Sarah Laird is a 6th Grade Teacher for ISOK Middle School.

Alejandra Marchesano is a Spanish and General Electives Teacher who started with ISOK in 2020. She has a degree in Business Administration from Universidad de Manizales in Colombia and a teaching certification from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In Colombia, she worked in quality assurance and training as a coordinator and manager. She also taught English to kids and adults. In the U.S., she has worked as a long term substitute for the 4th grade and also taught Spanish in a middle school.

Krystal Medina is a middle school science teacher. She started with ISOK in 2020, but had been a teacher for 5 years prior to that. She has a bachelor's in Secondary Science Education with an emphasis on Earth and Space Science. She graduated in 2015 from Northeastern State University, and is finishing a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Krystal's 5 years of teaching were all at Tulsa Public Schools at Clinton and Webster Middle School and then Memorial High School.

Andrea Molder is a middle mathematics teacher who started with ISOK in 2019. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a bachelor's in mathematics education.

Angela Walton is a Reading Interventionist who has spent over 30 years in education serving as Teacher, Instructional Facilitator, SIG (School Improvement Grant) Member, Gifted & Talented Director, Pre/AP Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and Principal. She has also been a College Board Consultant. Angela retired from education and spent six years with the library system in the Outreach Department as Project Coordinator for literacy programs. She has a bachelor's in Elementary Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a master's in Educational Administration Southwestern from Oklahoma State University.

High School Teachers

Karl Safe is the Principal of Insight School of Oklahoma High School. He has been with ISOK for 2 years and with K12 for 4 years. Karl has taught for 12 years. He has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He lives in Durant with his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Clare and Elena.

Jennifer Pace is the Lead Teacher for ISOK High School. She also is a High School History Teacher. She came to ISOK in 2018 with 9 years previous experience in education. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Education with an emphasis in Social Studies from Missouri Southern State University. Previously, she taught at Cascia Hall in Tulsa for 9 years. She was able to do half of her student teaching in Southampton England.

Ashley Deskin started teaching English at ISOK in 2018 with 8 years prior teaching experience. She absolutely loves teaching seniors. She received her bachelor's degree in English from East Central University. She has taught at several brick and mortar high schools throughout her career, and has taught every grade level from 6th - 12th.

Christia “Lynnette” Durant teaches High School Math. She has taught high school since 2012 and is certified in Intermediate Mathematics, Mid-Level Math (5th- 8th grade), Business Education, and Career Tech Business. Mrs. Durant graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Management.

Larry Ensminger teaches high school mathematics, having started with ISOK in 2020. Larry has a bachelor's of science in Mathematics from East Central University in Ada. Since earning his degree, he has 24 years of experience in education. Larry's favorite hobbies are exploring, learning, and discovering. He likes to explore with his wife by bicycle, backpack, or sled. ​They have 9 grandchildren, spread across America from Oregon to Florida. They love spending time with them.​

Kelly Hamrick is a History teacher who started with ISOK in 2018 with 4 years prior experience. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and previously worked in middle schools.

Leigh Hibbard teaches high school English. She came to ISOK in 2020 with 2 previous years of experience. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Vanderbilt University.

Kaylee Huerta is an electives teacher who started with ISOK in 2020. She has worked in brick and mortar as the Art teacher for Tulsa Public Schools in Elementary and Middle School. She has a bachelor's of Art Education form NSU and a master's of Fine Arts from The University of Tulsa.

Nicole Jarvis is an ISOK High School Science Teacher. She holds Oklahoma Teacher Certifications in Chemistry, Physical Science, & Mid-Level Science. She has a bachelor's degree in Food Science & Nutrition, Brigham Young University. Nicole has post-baccalaureate professional work experience in Food Quality Assurance, Food Distribution Sales & Marketing, and 4 years of experience in High School Math & Science Education. Additionally, she is a 25-time Boston Marathon Qualifier!

Beth Johnson is a High School Math teacher. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's in Administration, and later went back to earn a Certification in Education. She started with ISOK in 2019 having previously taught 7 years.

Alejandra Marchesano is a Spanish and General Electives Teacher who started with ISOK in 2020. She has a degree in Business Administration from Universidad de Manizales in Colombia and a teaching certification from the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In Colombia, she worked in quality assurance and training as a coordinator and manager. She also taught English to kids and adults. In the U.S., she has worked as a long term substitute for the 4th grade and also taught Spanish in a middle school.

Michelle Martin is a High School teacher for Math and English electives such as ACT Prep and study skills classes to help improve students’ skills in Math and English. She went to college for English Education, but almost immediately got certified in Mathematics because she loves both of them so much. Michelle has been with Oklahoma's K12 since 2014, and in education since 2012.

Julie Meder has been an Engagement Specialist with ISOK since February of 2020. She has a master's in Curriculum and Instruction and is a certified teacher who taught in the classroom for six years. She enjoys mentoring students and helping them reach their academic goals.

Leah Mills is the Focus Phoenix/Night School coordinator and has been with ISOK since March of 2021. Leah has a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science and Ethics from Mid America Christian University and a master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma. Before joining ISOK, Leah worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services as a Case Manager.

Jonathan O’Hearn teaches Business Electives. He began teaching in 2009 as math professor for a college in Colorado. From there, he moved into active duty army where he ended up teaching Ordnance for three years, followed by Preventive Medicine instruction for three more years. He left active duty to administer a scholarship program at a Tech school in Oklahoma for three years, and then taught ROTC at NSU in Tahlequah. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from SNU in Bethany, OK and has started a Doctorate of Education (D Ed) at ORU in Tulsa, OK. Jonathan has had a large cross-section of job types since he began working, ranging from a barista to banker to manufacturing inspector. He has spent time in three different branches in the Army: Infantry, Medical, and Logistics in the OK National Guard. He has always felt that teaching was where he excelled, and looks forward to making a difference at the Insight School of Oklahoma.

James Oliver is a Science Teacher for ISOK High School.

Erika Penuel teaches English 3 and Creative Writing. She started with ISOK in 2019, and has been in Educatinon 18 years overall. Erika has earned 4 postsecondary degrees! She earned a bachelor's in Broadcasting and Film with a minor in Theatre from The University of Central Missouri. She also earned a bachelor's in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English/Language Arts from Ottawa University at Kansas City. Her first master's degree was in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University. Her second master's was in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Administration from Northcentral University.

Taylor Popham is a High School Social Studies teacher. He came to ISOK in 2020 with 6 years previous experience. Taylor received a bachelor's in History Education from University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Before ISOK, he was a Social Studies and Photography teacher for Piedmont Public Schools.

Kayla Stewart is a Math Teacher for ISOK High School.

Lisa Stiefel is a high school science teacher who came to ISOK in 2015. She has been teaching high school science since 2007, and was a coach for 8 of those years. She has a bachelor's degree in Secondary Science Education from Northeastern State University, and is currently pursuing a master's at Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa is a powerlifter, and actively competes in strongman events.

Sheena Walker started teaching at ISOK in 2018 with 8 years prior experience. She has a bachelor's in English Education with a minor in Art from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, as well as a master's in Information Media from the University of Central Oklahoma.

 

Special Education Staff

Danielle Shaw is the Special Education Manager for ISOK.

Lora Howell began working for OVCA in 2015. In January of 2020, she accepted the Related Services Coordinator position, in which she oversees coordinating the related services on the IEPs. She supports the therapists and case managers in providing those related services. Lora enjoys spending time with grandchildren, going on car drives through Oklahoma and Arkansas with her husband, and playing games with friends.

Morgan Anglin started as the Enrollment Coordinator in 2013. In September of 2015, she moved into the Related Services Coordinator position, and currently serves as the Related Services Clerk.

Elizabeth Bley is a Special Education ELA Teacher for ISOK.

Brenda Chambers teaches English Language Learner students at the Middle School and High School level at both OVCA and ISOK. She started with OVCA/ISOK in 2018. Previously, Brenda worked for Broken Arrow Public Schools for ten years. She has 13 years of classroom experience, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Carson Newman College, and graduated in 2019 with a Master's degree in Human Development and Family Science from OSU. She has Oklahoma certifications for Pre-K-2, 1-8, and EL. She has a great passion for dual learners and their families and enjoys working with them.

Maygen Clark is a Special Education English Teacher for ISOK.

Tami Cotner has lived in Oklahoma since 2012. She received a bachelor's degree from Boise State University in Idaho. She has been a teacher since 2008 and moved to ISOK in 2020.

Linda Ghali is a High School Special Education Math teacher, and has been with ISOK since 2018. She has worked 7 Years in Education overall. She has a master's of Education in Autism from NS and a bachelor's in Biochemistry from University of Maryland.

Kimberly Jose is a Special Education ELA Teacher for ISOK.

Marsha Leonard is a Special Education Math Teacher for ISOK.

Kennedy Potts is a Special Education Teacher for ISOK.

Roslyn Martin is a Special Education Case Manager who started with ISOK in January 2020. She has been employed within both the public and private sector as an educator for over 40 years. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, and both master's and doctoral degrees in Theology with an emphasis and certificate in Christian Education from Northwestern Theological Seminary. She has for-profit and volunteer contract work experience as an educator and continuing education coordinator since 1998.She is a great-grandmother. She volunteers with an organization that provides free total person wellness healthcare and personal services to people all over the world.

Tonya Nichols is a Special Education ELA Teacher for ISOK.

Deborah Smedley is a Special Education Math Teacher for ISOK.

Marcelle Tarpley is a Special Education Math Teacher for ISOK.