Who We Are
TAOS is providing the most time-tested methods of educating students. Through our Early-College High School (ECHS), we are committed to providing our students with a the opportunity to accelerate their education by enrolling in dual enrollment classes at Seminole State College.
As we grow TAOS will expand to include an elementary school based on the classical approach, and eventually will span grade PreK through 12th.
Our elementary and middle school will focus on a college preparatory education based on the Classical Liberal Arts. TAOS will promote a rigorous academic program fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, virtuous character building, and a lifelong passion for learning.
Mission And Vision
The Academy of Seminole strives to set the standard of excellence in education by offering a rigorous, relevant and personalized curriculum characterized by positive and caring relationships among all stakeholders. TAOS is forming the School to provide a high quality public education option for students and families in Seminole and surrounding communities.
The heart of a school comes from the students, the parents and the teachers. TAOS values the expertise our teachers bring to the classroom. Our faculty likes to think outside of the box and employee teaching practices that get our students involved in their learning as active participants.
Head of School
Mr. Hawthorne has over 17 years of experience in education, both in K-12 and college environments. He is a native Oklahoman and a graduate of Choctaw High School. Wren is also a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received the Truman Scholarship, a national scholarship awarded to students with promising futures in public service. During summers he interned at the White House with President Clinton and with Senator David Boren. He completed his Master’s degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in education policy and is now working on his doctorate in education (curriculum, teaching, learning and leadership) at Northeastern University in Boston.
Sergio Jimenez was born in Madrid, Spain, and moved to the United States in September 2001. He is a graduate of East Central University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Cartography with a minor in Computer Science. Prior to going to school, he worked several years in the computer industry for prestigious companies, such as Cisco Learning Institute.
Sergio is bilingual in English and Spanish with dual citizenship in both Spain and the US. He is a native Castilian Spanish speaker with extensive knowledge in the language, the culture, and his country’s number one sport of soccer. Sergio has four years of experience teaching Spanish and Technology in grades K-12. He is very passionate about teaching both in and outside of the classroom.
Sheri Bray is an enthusiastic teacher with a love for literature, writing, and the arts. In her undergraduate program, Sheri studied vocal music and has since spent much of her time on stage performing in various ensembles, musicals, and operas. Though she has a passion for music, she has always dreamed of following in her grandmother’s footsteps and becoming an English teacher. In 2016, Sheri entered a master’s program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She became certified in the areas of English and Special Education and accepted her first teaching position in her hometown, Oklahoma City. She has experience in both the general and special education setting and prides herself on her unique and creative classroom activities. She will earn an M.Ed in December of 2018.
Nathan King is a local musician and educator, with a passion for self-expression and discovery. Originally from Louisiana, Nathan brings his spicy zest for life into everything he does. After his arrival in Oklahoma, Nathan learned the love of a strong Oklahoma woman, married her, and the pair settled in Shawnee to raise their two children. He is passionate about artistic development in Oklahoma, and hopes to see Oklahoma flourish as local artists ignite creativity and promote growth in the area.
Nathan received his B.A. in Music (with an emphasis in Guitar and Composition) from Oklahoma Baptist University. He has composed several works across a wide variety of genres and currently performs as a bassist, guitarist, and vocalist.