FACULTY

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you and your student

Mr. Christopher D. McAdoo

Principal

I have had the privilege of being the Principal of Pathways Middle College since we opened it up under Santa Fe South Charter Schools. I truly love my job. I am the PROUD husband to my wife Erin and father to Jaidyn, Ashtyn, Madisyn, and Branigyn(yes they all end in “yn”). I was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from Muskogee High School. Received a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University and Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. My dream job it to be a lottery winner. Unfortunately, I think I have to purchase a lottery ticket to get that job. Until then, I will be a principal and an amazing cook. BTW “GOPOKES!!!!!”

Email me: cmcadoo@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Mary DeMoss

Counselor

I am a big-hearted, Jesus loving, genuine, purple haired, cat loving individual who loves loves LOVES helping people. I root for happiness, and the very best, in all lives, always.

Email me: mdemoss@santafesouth.org

Ms. Tara Cooper

Special Education Teacher

I have the honor of being the mother of 3 wonderful children, Hannah 31, Aaron 29 and Isaac 20.  I have 5 grandchildren that I adore and I will do anything for them. I am originally from Lansing, Michigan but I grew up in Midwest City. I graduated from Carl Albert High School. When I am not at work, I am usually at my best friend’s house pestering her. I love to travel (cruises are my favorite). I have been to over 20 of the states and my goal is Hawaii and Maine (yes, I have been to Alaska). I have worked in education for over 20 years. I love working at Pathways and I have the most awesome group of students

Email me: tcooper@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Janice Braxton

Administrative Assistant

My name is Janice Braxton, I am the  Administrative Assistant at Santa Fe South Pathways Middle College.  I enjoy working with the students and staff. I feel this is my home away from home.

Email me: jbraxton@santafesouth.org

Miss Christina Cook

Mathematics Teacher

Hi, my name is Christina Cook and I teach Algebra 1, Trigonometry, Geometry, and Robotics here at Pathways Middle College. I grew up in deep East Texas playing softball and volleyball. I graduated from the University of Arkansas with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. As you can probably tell, I LOVE MATH!! When I am not teaching, I can usually be found playing with my dog or watching whatever cool new crime documentary I can find on Netflix 

Email me: ccook@santafesouth.org

Mr. Michael Elizondo

Mathematics Teacher/Ambrosius

I have been a Teacher at Santa Fe South since 2016, and I currently teach math and video (?? I don’t know the actual titles….).  I love working with these amazing students and teachers.  Before SFS, I taught in Texas, and before that, I was a youth minister in both TX and OK.  I have been married to my wife, Staci, since 2008, and we have three fantastic kids: Josiah, Hudson, and Sybil.  Some of my favorite things are playing guitar, the San Antonio Spurs (my hometown!), videography (I also have a wedding video business), traveling with my family, playing board games, and watching movies.  I also joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard this past spring, and I am training on the East Coast for the next few months.  I’m proud to serve our nation and state.  

Email me: melizondo@santafesouth.org

Dr. Lacey Redfield-Hays

Vocal Music Teacher

Hi, I’m. Dr. Redfield-Hays. I have the honor of serving as the Choir Director at Pathways Middle College. I grew up on a farm in Tecumseh, OK and hold degrees from Rice University (M.M.) and The University of Oklahoma (B.M., B.M.E., D.M.A.). Having worked in numerous cultures with thousands of students at the collegiate and secondary level, I find that the opportunity to further these students’ knowledge of the art of Music will serve them well as they seek to find their place in the world. Fun fact about me: In addition to teaching choir, I am also a professional trumpet player and performed as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria (Europe) last year. I have also held positions in opera houses, musical theater pits, churches, music festivals all over the world, and teach at Oklahoma Baptist University and North Central Texas College. I adore animals and love spending time with the members of DFW Brass and my dogs, Pepper and Toto!

Email me: lhays@santafesouth.org

Mr. William Horton

Instrumental Music Teacher

When I’m not directing the “Pride of Pathways” band you’ll find me in the mountains, streams and forests exploring the great outdoors! I also enjoy hiking and just being in nature. Gardens have also become a recent passion of mine! If you want to listen to some great music, come catch me playing jazz sometime at a local venue, but bring your instrument and be ready to play!

Email me: whorton@santafesouth.org

Dr. Catherine Klasek

English Language Arts Teacher/Valerius

Dr. Catherine Klasek is our 10th & 11th grade English teacher who reads banned books and a whole bunch of other books.  She has been married to the love of her life for over nineteen years and is the happy mother of three cats and two dogs.  In her free time, she bakes the most amazing brownies and spends time at the dog park watching her little dog act like a big dog.  Her goal is for every student to discover their inner reader and to be able to achieve beyond their dreams.

Email me: cklasek@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Marilyn Krell

Spanish Teacher/Sapientia

Hablo, pienso y sueño en español. Prefiero el Reggaetón que el Country. Como y bailo una de mis palabras favoritas, salsa. Siendo graduada de OU, grito, “BOOMER-SOONER.” Mi pasión es la fotografía, por eso me encanta viajar para conocer otras culturas y tomar fotos.

I speak, think, and dream in Spanish. I prefer Reggaeton music over Country. I eat and dance one of my favorite words, salsa. Being a graduate of OU, I yell, “BOOMER-SOONER.” Photography is my passion, which is why I love to travel to learn other cultures and to take pictures.

Email me: mkrell@santafesouth.org

Ms. Michele Manning

English Language Art Teacher/Ambrosius

I have a couple of degrees, and I teach.  I have a couple of grandkids, and I spoil them.I have a couple of thousand former students, and they are ALL still my babies.It is very important to be able to relate to your kiddos/students.  I can relate.The other day a cop pulled me over, and asked for my papers.  I gave him the whole stack of essays from ENG 9, and drove off. 
Teaching is awesome.  It’s just like being a rock star: I work hard to keep the attention of a distracted crowd, all my little fans freak out when they see me in public, groupies line up to follow me everywhere, and my name is constantly being called out.  YEAH!
I am a big fan of my country, and it’s military.  I am a big fan of dogs and horses.  I am a big fan of OSU football. I am a big fan of food, therefore I am not small.  Nice to meet you!

Email me: mmanning@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Xiaoyo Meyer

Chinese Teacher

Math major economics minor, Chinese teacher, M. Ed. in progress, former physician in China. I try to be a teacher in America because I would try to make a difference for my students by my passion and different background. As a teacher who has different background experiences, I think that is a good thing in which the experts said diversity of culture or multi-culture would be the part of advantage for the person. 

Email me: xmeyer@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Jackie Seabourn

Social Sciences Teacher/Nicostratus

My name is Jackie D. Seabourn-Pityer and I teach Social Studies at Pathways. I graduated from Moore High School, Oklahoma City Community College and University of Central Oklahoma. I am a first generation high school and college graduate. I have been teaching for twenty years and am pursuing a Masters in Counseling. I’ve been married to my interesting husband Daren for 12 years and still going strong. We have an exceptional six-year-old daughter and two fish. My family likes screen time, making messes around the house,  and going to the park. I have been teaching at Pathways for 17 years and love watching little humans grow into aspiring (or inspiring) adults. I love working at Pathways despite my grumblings and “difficult ways”.

Email me: jseabourn@santafesouth.org

Mr. Jacob Shanahan

Social Sciences Teacher/Sapientia

Mr. Shanahan graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in History Education. While studying at UCO his areas of focus were Western Civilization to 1350 and Japanese History from the Meiji Period to Modern. Mr. Shanahan may or may not be a time traveler/ninja/CIA Operative. He also has a corgi named Sherlock.

Email me: jshanahan@santafesouth.org

Mr. Michael Stafford

Mathematics Teacher/Ambrosius

I’ve been a math teacher for as long as I can remember. At my age my memory might not be that long but it is long enough. I worked at Pathways for my last ten years before I retired six years ago. For the last six years I have been enjoying retirement. In addition I have been working at the OCCC Math Lab for two days a week tutoring students because I loved working with students so much that I couldn’t give it up. Then this summer I was contacted by Mr. McAdoo and asked to help. Mr Elizondo, one of Pathways’ math teachers, had  National Guard duty and they needed someone to teach for the fall semester. I couldn’t say no to Pathways so here I am. I am really excited to work with Pathways’ students one more time. Getting back to full time is a grind but I should be able to do it for a semester. I have already fallen in love with the students and I look forward to helping the students prepare for their future. 

Email me: mstafford@santafesouth.org

Miss Sayre Weast

Science Teacher/Valerius

 I am the Science teacher and Co-Dean of Nicostratus here at Pathways. I have a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi (SMTTT!). Since moving to Oklahoma, I have begun a quest to try all of Braum’s flavors because ice cream is my favorite food. Fun fact: ice cream is actually a colloid, a solution with very small insoluble particles distributed throughout. I love all things science and have fun learning about all the ways science impacts our daily lives. I play the flute, and I love travelling and spending time with my fiancé. 

Email me: sweast@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Emma Green

Parent/Concurrent Liaison

 I am new here at Pathways. My job title is called a “Liaison.”  A Liaison has the privilege of working with concurrent Jr & Sr students, asserting they stay on track with their academics.  My hobbies are reading & writing.  I love to read & write!  I would rather do that than History!  My area of expertise is being a “mom.”  I love being a mom! (not really an expert yet!) I am married and have 2 adult children who currently serve in the United States Military. I am so very proud of them!  I moved here from Texas!  But I am proud to call Oklahoma my home now!  My Mission Statement:  Live life with passion, love much, laugh often and always be a positive influence in the lives of others!

Email me: egreen@santafesouth.org

Mrs. Irma Valenzuela

Parent/Concurrent Liaison

Born and raised in Mexico, immigrated to the United States in 1986 as a 17 year old girl, only a few days before turning 18; not speaking a word of English. Determined to learn English I enrolled in High School and thankfully graduated at the age of 21. I have lived in the United States for over 35 years and I love this country. I’ve been married for 24 years now and have 2 girls; Emily and Ayleen. Emily graduated Pathways with her Associates degree last year and Ayleen will graduate this coming May, also with an Associates degree. I’m a really proud momma ♥️ and love my family. The most important person in my life is God and try my best to follow His footsteps. This is my 3rd year working at Pathways. I love my job, I love my students and all my coworkers; we at Pathways are family! I love to be busy all the time. One of my least favorite phrases is: “I’m all caught up!” as a know there is ALWAYS something to do.  One of my favorite phrases is: “Speak kind words, receive kind echoes”. Based on Proverbs 15:1. 

Email me: ivalenzuela@santafesouth.org


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