Amanda Foyil graduated with honors from East Central University with her Bachelors in Vocal & Instrumental Music Education grades PreK-12. She loves sharing her passion for music with her students and was named Chairman of the Northeastern Choral Directors Association in 2012. She currently serves on the state board of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association as their High School Show Choir Chairman. She also serves on the Southwest Region American Choral Directors Association as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Junior High Choirs.
Amanda offers lessons and classes for Voice, Piano, and all band instruments. She is state certified in voice, piano, & all band instruments. She has taught students who are beginners to Nashville recording artists! Her students have performed all over the world including Carnegie Hall multiple times in New York and Disney World! Her groups have been selected to perform as honor groups for the Oklahoma Music Educator's Association's State Conference multiple times!
She has had solo students perform at Cain's Ballroom, receive professional recording contracts, make it to the executive rounds at American Idol numerous times, and much more! Her students can take lessons for fun or use lessons as stepping stones to help pay their way through college.
Amanda attends over 200 hours of optional professional development each year for voice instructors to stay up to date with the best teaching techniques for students of all ages!
Brenda Busby has been teaching in Owasso for over 30 years. She began as a first-grade teacher at Barnes and Smith Elementary. Then she found her true passion which is teaching the Elementary Gifted and Talented program at Barnes. Brenda has attended Science in the Rockies for several years and the International Stem Convention. She has directed a summer Science Camp for over 20 years. Her love for science and STEM is what she really enjoys sharing with children.
In her free time, Brenda loves to travel, read, swim, shop and spend time with family and friends.
Raised in Oklahoma, Evelyn Kwanza earned a bachelor of music in voice performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She received a master’s in vocal pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed and coached singers in classical, jazz, gospel and musical theater for over 20 years.
During her 17 year residence in Vermont, Evelyn made an impact throughout the state as an engaging, dynamic performer and sought-after voice teacher who specialized in teaching healthy and efficient vocal technique. Many of her students are now professional performers and music educators.
From 2006-2012, Evelyn was an affiliate artist and lecturer at the University of Vermont. In the fall of 2011, Evelyn was cast as Motormouth Maybelle in the Lyric Theater of Vermont production of Hairspray. In the summers of 2012 and 2015, she was a featured soloist for the Kunst und Kulturkreis Pitten Music Festival in Pitten, Austria. She has also been a soloist for Burlington, Vermont’s Choral Society and with performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Theresienmesse. Other notable solo performances include Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Bellows Free Academy High School and Professional Orchestra in St. Albans, Vermont. Evelyn’s choral directing experience includes Bellows Free Academy High School in St. Albans; and New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church Children’s Choir, Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir and First Congregational Church youth choirs in Burlington.
In her two and a half years as director of Owasso 6th Grade Chorus, Evelyn has led the chorus to Sweepstakes at the Heartland Music Festival Competition in Oklahoma City, and Overall Winner of the Music In the Parks Competition in Dallas, Texas, earning superior ratings at both. Evelyn is currently in her first year of doctorate work at Oklahoma State University where she is beginning research on the parallels of multicultural education in music and other educational disciplines. She has been married to Modisane Kwanza, her Oberlin College sweetheart, for 25 years. Their son, Julius, is studying music composition at the University of Arkansas and their daughter, Niara, is in the Owasso Mid-High choral program and is an All-State singer.
Holly Harper is a Tulsa native and soon-to-be graduate of the University of Tulsa with a Bachelors of Arts in Music and a minor in Education. She has spent hundreds of hours in music classes and lessons, performed in multiple choral and instrumental ensembles and has performed in numerous community and school theatre productions. She is extremely passionate about the arts and excited to inspire the next generation of singers, actors, and triple threats.
Miss Barnes has been the elementary technology teacher at Barnes Elementary for the past fourteen years. She has also been a classroom teacher, school librarian, and middle school technology teacher. She loves technology, art, books, and of course kids!
Kara is currently the gifted enrichment specialist at the 6th and 7th Grade Centers in Owasso Public Schools. She also serves on the Gifted Advisory Committee for the district. Kara began her career student teaching at the Sixth Grade Center in 2001. Her career took her to Florida and then to Texas where she spent seven years immersed in professional training and teaching at a Schoolwide Enrichment Model school. In 2013, Kara and her daughter moved back home to Oklahoma and the rest is history. Kara is the recipient of several grants, three G.E.M (Great Educators Matter) awards and was named campus Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. This summer she is looking forward to returning to Confratute at the University of Connecticut thanks to the work of the Owasso Education Foundation. There she will continue to learn and grow from and with the best of the best in gifted education.
Hello, my name is Mandy Seiboldt and I have been a teaching assistant for five years at Hoover Elementary. This summer I will be teaching 4 weeks of S.T.E.M. with Michele Harney. We are looking forward to having a lot of fun. See you then!
Megan is a sophomore at the University of Tulsa where she is an Art/Graphic Design Major. She has grown up at Midtown School of Performing Arts. Megan has been working MSPA's summer camps for more than 9 years. She has been a camp director for 2 years and an Assistant Director for 7 years. Her American Girl camp last summer at Camp Explore was one of the most popular camps of the summer. Don't miss out on all of Megan's artistic and creative camps she is teaching this summer!
I am Michael Duncan.
I love writing stories because there is no other way I know to create the special universe I have running around inside my head and let others share it. Right now, I am a special Ed teacher in Tulsa Public Schools. I came up with this class idea because everybody loves superheroes and super villains and they make a great start to creating stories. Join this class and we will have a great time exploring imagination together in many different ways!
Welcome to Camp Explore! My name is Michele Harney and I am a 28 year veteran of teaching. I have taught kindergarten, first grade and now I am in third grade teaching Science and Social Studies. This summer I will be teaching 4 different weeks of camp that are all S.T.E.M. with a little bit of S.T.E.A.M. involved. Most of the experiments will be make and take. I look forward to seeing you!
My name is Morrie Picking. I have taught for 36 years with a heavy focus in the subject of reading. I enjoy spending time with my family (including our Jack Russell Terrier, Belle!), being at the beach and READING.
Nicole Miller is an accomplished Improviser and actor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. A certified Theatre teacher, She has over 13 years of teaching experience and has taught with Broken Arrow Public Schools and Union Public Schools. Nicole is also an experienced SAG eligible actress with over 24 years of acting experience. Nicole has studied improv at The Second City in Chicago and also directs and performs with Crayons Improv of Tulsa.
My name is Palmer Watkins and I am currently an Exercise and Sports Science major at the University of Tulsa. In the spring of 2019, I will begin my master’s in athletic training. Currently, I am CPR and First Aid certified. Personal subjects that interest me are anthropology, psychology, and of course physical health. I have four years of experience counseling, coordinating, and running summer camps as well as assisting in sports-related camps. I have worked with children ages ranging from 5 to 18 years of age. Other than sports, I enjoy reading, fishing, and visiting museums. I look forward to getting to know your child and can’t wait to show them the fun of learning and adventure!
My name is Rhonda Ernst. I have many years of experience teaching in early childhood classrooms. I am a certified reading specialist and currently teach first grade. I enjoy spending time with my family, outdoor activities, and being a fan of the OSU Cowboys.
Hi! My name is Shelly Cole. Born and raised in Tulsa, I decided in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher. This is my 23rd year in education. I am currently the art teacher at Hoover Elementary in Tulsa but have worked in several capacities with grades PK-6th. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, working puzzles, painting, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to my second summer with the Camp Explore program.
Tami has been the owner and director of Midtown School of Performing Arts (MSPA) for the last 18 years. She has been a vocalist since the age of 8 and you can find her singing at Holy Family Cathedral or at weddings around town. She has sung in venues around the world including in Rome and Florence Italy and Carnegie Hall in NYC. She has had a passion for music and the arts since she can remember and loves to share it with kids of all ages. Her studio is located in midtown Tulsa and offers private lessons in many instruments and voice, Rock 101, Music Theatre and the program that started it all, Bounce'n Beethovens, her preschool music class and curriculum. In 2010, Tami signed an exclusive agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises to offer her Bounce'n Beethoven curriculum on the RCCL fleet of ships. She tweaked the program and now you can find her Maritime Music on nearly every ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. Not only is she a businesswoman and vocalist but the most favorite hat she wears is that of wife and mom. She has been married to her wonderful husband, David, for 26 years. They have two amazing children, Zac and Megan, whom both are currently attending the University of Tulsa. She also has 6 (yes six!) fur babies whom she loves and adores!
Hello! My name is Tricia Crutchfield. I have been a teacher for TPS for 20 years. I am a National Board Certified teacher. I currently teach Gifted and Talented at Hoover Elementary in Tulsa. I enjoy arts and crafts, reading, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to my second summer with the Camp Explore program.