Since 2008, Edmond Learning Academy has been an efficacious forerunner in educational assistance for students as well as a support for parents in Edmond, Oklahoma. Julie Evans and her team of distinguished and qualified professionals have paved the way and brought much needed support in all subjects to many families. Julie, a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, draws from her dedication to the fruitfulness and success of her students with fervor, encouragement, and a belief that all students have the incredible capacity to learn. Because of this consistent belief, many students and parents have been able to redirect, refocus, and reignite their confidence in their ability to learn and succeed as well as restore peace in the family relationships. Without question, any student of any age or grade level that attends ELA will unequivocally receive incredible support, guidance, tutoring, and encouragement whilst they navigate the required studies needed for high school graduation and/or college.
“I love using our experience and knowledge base to assist families searching for how to help their children the best, whether that be navigating the school system, advising when to reach out to medical professionals, recommending book and internet sources, or making suggestions on how to help at home.”
The Edmond Learning Academy team is a group of diverse individuals with a single goal: to catapult students to success.
Our teachers are a fun, focused group of people with a variety of personalities and outlooks, each one well-suited for a spectrum of children and situations. While we have an organizing principle and standardized curricula for our various areas, we encourage our teachers to engage with students and use their individual professional talents.
The center is colorful and the atmosphere upbeat which promotes a more relaxed environment. Struggles with school can cause anxiety about academics and we want to alleviate that with an engaging staff and a positive environment.
Just because education is serious doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
Our mission is to ignite hope in our students and their families through academic excellence.
Julie has a BS in Special Education. She was a member of the Dean’s honor roll, and was a Teacher of the Year nominee at Edmond North High School.
Her favorite subject is, “Math. All day, every day.”
She loves when students “get it”, and seeing comfort and confidence grow in students.
She uses humor and energy to help kids learn; to make kids smile who decided that morning they were NOT going to smile. She wants students to understand not just the “what”, but the “why” and the “how”.
Favorite joke: Is your refrigerator running? Then you better go catch it!
If Julie was a kitchen appliance, she would be the kitchen sink, because, “You can dump your dirty dishes and leftover food. I’ll help you clean up the mess and you’ll sparkle at the end!”
Lisa has a BA in Elementary Education with secondary certifications in Spanish, Language Arts, and Early Childhood Education. She spent five years as a Kindergarten teacher.
“I love working with kids and helping them be successful. It’s so rewarding when their little lights come on, and they get it!
If Lisa was a kitchen appliance, she’d be a Keurig; (almost) everyone loves her.
Favorite Joke: “Parallel lines have so much in common. It’s a shame they’ll never meet.”
Adam received his Bachelor of Science in Science Education with an emphasis in biology. He’s also received the Devon Energy Teacher of the Month award, has taught 6th grade science for four years, and cites the sighs he gets from his “Dad Jokes” as one of the things he loves most about teaching.
“I enjoy helping students who really need it, and all of the people I meet at ELA.”
If Adam was a kitchen appliance, he’d be a Kitchen Aid mixer. “Because they get stuff done and look good while they do it!”
Favorite Joke: “I don’t know…can you?” (Said in response when someone asks “Can I go to the bathroom?” Cue the sighs.)
Tyler received his BA in Elementary Education, and was on both the Honor Roll and the Dean’s List (a teacher Teacher’s Pet), and has taught all subjects, but loves math and science; one of his favorite teaching moments was taking students to iFly to learn about gravity.
“What I appreciate about ELA are the relationships. The students and instructors make this an enjoyable place for everyone. I love seeing the success that my students achieve; I love knowing the difference I make in their lives.”
Favorite Joke: “How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it!”
Casey has been teaching middle school math and science, including pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry, for sixteen (yes sixteen) years. In addition to the “fat paycheck” that teaching offers, Casey enjoys seeing things “click” for students.
“I like being able to give my attention to individual students at ELA. That’s difficult to do in a traditional classroom.”
Casey is so chill, he would be a refrigerator, if he was a kitchen appliance.
Favorite joke: Any and all variations on “Your mom”.
James graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he received his BA in History, in addition to making the President’s Honor Roll. For seven years James has taught geography, history, and English, and cites watching students graduate and then having them thank him as one of his favorite aspects of teaching.
“I love the learning environment and getting to work individually with students. Seeing kids reach their potential is very rewarding.”
Fun facts about James; he read 50 books in 2018, and if he won the lottery…he would still teach.
If James was a kitchen appliance, he would be a coffee pot, because “caffeine is a teacher’s best friend”.
Favorite joke: “What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick.”
Jon has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and has found ample opportunity to help students engineer improvements, academically.
“I love the challenge of trying different methods to get the point across, and hearing about students’ grades improving.”
Fun fact about Jon: He loves jigsaw puzzles so much, he would do them for a living if he could.
If Jon was a kitchen appliance, he’d be a garbage disposal; no matter what’s thrown at him, he grinds through and keeps going.
Favorite joke: “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Cowgo.” “Cowgo, who?” “No, cow go, ‘Moo!’”
Mytala has a BS in Elementary Education and is in her first year of teaching third grade.
Her favorite teaching perk is getting to laugh and be silly with her students, and helping little humans grow socially, emotionally, and academically.
“I love working with students and seeing them grow!”
Fun facts about Mytala: She visited Italy and Spain on a study tour, and got to see several historical sites, as well as Pope Francis. If she could live anywhere in the world, it would be Orlando, Fl…so that she could go to Disney World any time she wanted.
If Mytala was a kitchen appliance, she would be a microwave. She’s always there for people, any time of the day, no matter what they bring her.
Cynthia has a B.S. in Speech Pathology and a Masters degree in Education, in addition to 20 years of experience in Special Education.
She appreciates the balance that ELA provides, between relaxed and intense, and also believes in the ELA practice of letting individual tutors teach according to their talents and experience, and not a script.
“I love the opportunities to mentor and guide students,” Cynthia says. “I enjoy finding ways to help students process content and gain conceptual understanding.”
If Cynthia was a kitchen appliance, she would be a blender, taking many learning abilities and levels and mixing them together to achieve one goal.
Kristen’s degree is in Elementary Education, and she cites being able to blow kids’ minds with knowledge as one of her favorite things about teaching.
In addition to experience with teaching 5th graders, Kristen also has some unique animal taming in her background.
“I used to have an aquarium of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in my classroom, as well as two ferrets who went to school with me. The kids loved them!”
If Kristen was a kitchen appliance, she would be an oven, because of its flexibility; able to cook healthy meals or bake treats.
Jamie received a B.S. in Education, and graduated with honors. With experience in teaching Pre-K and 2nd grade, Jamie says that the small class sizes and “light bulb” moments are among her favorite things at ELA.
“I love getting to know the kids and helping them to succeed, at ELA and beyond!”
Jamie’s favorite teaching moment was during her observation, when the principal said her lesson was straight out of a teaching textbook, and if she was a kitchen appliance, she would be a dishwasher…she just wants to make everyone’s life easier.
Favorite joke: “Why couldn’t the leopard play hide-and-seek? He was always spotted.”
Are you a state certified teacher who is excited about the prospect of helping kids gain academic ground?
Do you have an area of expertise that you’d like to share with a vibrant team, dedicated to finding solutions for families that have been bogged down by educational challenges?
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“It was very helpful with his academic improvement and helped his confidence.”