Meet Our TEACHERS
Mrs. Linda Bowling
Linda received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and her Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught Spanish for forty years, thirty-three in public secondary schools and the last seven at Redlands Community College. This will be her second year teaching at Excel. Linda’s goal is to help her students learn and enjoy other languages and cultures. She is married with three children and seven grandchildren. Linda enjoys gardening, exercise, and visiting with friends.
Mrs. Josie Braddy
Josie served in the Air Force as a Network Communications Specialist and earned an Associate’s degree. It was not until she got to college that she realized she loved math. Instead of completing a Bachelor’s, she decided to homeschool her own children. She taught her son math through Algebra II. She has also tutored students in high school math classes. She is a part of a family that loves mathematics and she hopes to share that love with your child.
Ms. Karen Evans
Karen holds a Masters in Secondary Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Central University. She has taught for 31 years, everything from 7th grade Life Science to AP chemistry and physics in schools both large and small. Karen has taught at Excel for six years and currently teaches at Francis Tuttle Technology Center as well. Karen is a master cake decorator, loves to restore old furniture and does stained glass as well.
Middle / High School Music Appreciation
Kristin has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Baylor University and a master’s in musical theater performance from Oklahoma City University. She has taught music for fifteen years, including ten in homeschool co-ops, and hopes to instill a love of music in her students. Kristin and her husband have been married for twenty-five years and have four children whom they homeschool. Kristin also teaches ballet and musical theater classes at Classical Ballet School in Edmond. She enjoys exercising and playing games with her family.
Mrs. Angela Griffin
Angela is a graduate of California State University, Hayward, where she received a BA in Liberal Studies with a History minor. She and her husband homeschooled their two sons through high school and she has taught homeschool co-op classes for sixteen years, ten of those at Excel. Angela is dedicated to preparing her students for their next level of education. She has said many times that all of her students may not go to college, but if they choose to, it’s her goal to make sure they’re ready. The joys of her life are reading, hanging out with her husband Harve, and enjoying family time, especially with the world’s most amazing granddaughter.
Psychology, American Sign Language
Mrs. Sheila Ives
Sheila is a graduate of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where she received a Bachelor Science in Psychology. She also holds an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter certification from Kansas. She has taught countless ASL courses and interpreted for deaf students in public schools for fourteen years. Sheila been teaching Psychology and ASL at Excel for the past twelve years. Her goal for her psychology students is to give them practical knowledge for life through a greater understanding of how and why people think and act the way they do. ASL students are learning Deaf culture and how to communicate using ASL. Her passions are her husband Bob, her four children and twelve grandchildren, along with storm watching and the occasional Air Show and Native American festival.
Math Foundations, Intermediate Math /
Cathy Joy has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Math from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in Reading from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught math for thirty-nine years and Special Education for four years. Her hope for her students is that they realize that they can succeed in math and it can be fun! Cathy is married with two sons and enjoys gardening and spending time in her pool.
Mr. George Knapp
George Knapp received a Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000 and has taught at the junior high and high school level. George has fourteen years experience and is currently a bivocational church pastor. This fall will be his second year at Excel. He wants his students to not only learn science but have a love for the subject. He is married and has four children. He really enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
Algebra I / Geometry
Carreybeth earned her bachelor’s degree in education with a music minor from Baylor University. She added math endorsements to her degree through Tulsa Community College. Her most recent experience was tutoring in the Challenge level program for Classical Conversations. She continues to homeschool her two youngest children. Carrreybeth’s passion is working with middle school and high school students, teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and Geometry. She married her college sweetheart and is a stay-at-home mom to five children.
Mrs. Susie Nix
Susie Nix graduated from Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, with a degree in music education. Susie has thirty years of experience in preparing students for the ACT Exam. She has seen success in helping students raise their ACT score, help them fill out applications for college and also gain entrance into college. Teaching, being a wife to Mike, a mother to three and grandmother to six are among the greatest blessings of her life.
Mr. Brent Olsson
Brent graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 1988 he attained a Juris Doctor Law Degree from the University of Tulsa. He is chairman of the Excel Board of Directors and has taught government at Excel for the past ten years. Brent hopes to make the US Constitution and founding principles of the United States understandable and to instill an appreciation in his students’ hearts for America. He is married to Jene’ and they have three children. His hobbies are history and photography.
Understanding the Times
Mrs. Vickie Spicer
Vickie has taught Understanding the Times since 2009 after home educating for seventeen years. She has a passion for students to understand and engage the culture from a Christian worldview. She is married to Don, and they have two children and three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and gardening.
Mrs. Charlotte Strickland
Charlotte trained extensively under a local Oklahoma artist and is a homeschool graduate. She has tutored for the last ten years, and this will be her second year teaching at Excel. Charlotte’s joy is to teach students to observe God’s artistry in nature and use that to create their own works of art. Besides painting animals, both real and fictional, she enjoys video gaming with her husband, Justin, and trying new restaurants.
Ms. Codie Johnson
Codie is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. She has homeschooled her daughter from 6th grade to her current senior year. Codie owns and operates a local dance and performing arts school, Movement OKC, and has been an educator in the dance community off and on for several years. She hopes the yearbook class will inspire creativity in her students by learning to utilize all the tools available in both photography and graphic design as they pertain to the yearbook. Her loves are spending time with her family and friends, watching any sort of stage production, and coaching her company dancers. Codie is married to Thomas Johnson, and they have three daughters, Megan, Marissa, and Hannah.
Ms. Hannah Miller
Hannah is a senior in high school and has been homeschooled for the past six years. She has danced for most of her life and has this past year represented the city of Oklahoma City as Miss Oklahoma City’s Teen.