Board of Directors

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”​


Andrea Hogue, President

Andrea “Dree” Hogue is wife to Chris, and mom to Ashton (21), Noelle (16), and James (8). Chris and Dree started their life together in Tulsa, OK, and boomeranged back to Tulsa after a few years of adventures in church planting and ministry in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Although her focus has always been primarily around her own household, she has been given professional opportunities that include founding a local classical homeschool academic program, fundraising for a private Christian school, grant writing, researching and editing for book projects, serving on staff at her local church, and now working for a non-profit. She believes that healthy families are a powerful force of change for our communities and enjoys opportunities to cheer them on toward health and wholeness.


Andrea’s first three-year term ended 6/30/2024 and she started her second three-year term (and her term as President) on 7/1/2024. It extends through 6/30/2027.

Julie James, Secretary

Julie is the mother of five children, a real estate agent, and a member of a prominent, family-owned, commercial real estate agency. Julie is a third-generation Tulsan, a graduate of Jenks High School and has a Bachelor of Sociology from Baylor University.


Julie’s first three-year term ended 6/30/2023 and she started her second three-year term on 7/1/2023. It extends through 6/30/2026.

Michael Bates

Michael is a well-known writer focused on local issues and historic preservation who is frequently featured on local radio and has a substantial following on social media. Michael has a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an engineer with a true appreciation for the liberal arts and a long-standing commitment to classical education. While at MIT, he developed a dual-major program so that he could study Latin and Ancient Greek alongside Computer Science. He has three children, all of whom were educated classically.


Michael’s first three-year term ended 6/30/2023 and he started his second three-year term on 7/1/2023. It extends through 6/30/2026.

Tyler Gray

Tyler is the Managing Director of SageOak Financial, LLC, a Tulsa-based wealth management firm. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Sports Management from Indiana University (Indianapolis), an MBA from Oklahoma State University, and various professional certifications/designations. He and his wife, Laura, have five children and are very active in their local church, where Tyler also serves as an ordained elder. He and his family are passionate about seeing tuition-free classical education grow and expand in Tulsa and beyond!


Tyler’s first three-year term started 7/01/2024. It extends through 6/30/2027.

Adam Jones

Adam is Deputy District Director for Congressman Kevin Hern. He is the recipient of a classical education himself, having graduated from Agustine Christian Academy–Tulsa’s first classical school. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts from Liberty University.


Adam’s first three-year term started on 7/1/2022 and ends on 6/30/2025.

Molly Mooberry

Molly and her husband, Philip, both grew up in Tulsa.  She graduated from Jenks High School and then received a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University.  Molly worked in pharmaceutical sales for 8 years before pursuing her greatest joy—raising a family.  Classical education has been foundational in the lives of their four children and as a result, her interest and passion for classical education has grown.  She also enjoys opportunities in leadership and volunteering in the school setting, in women’s ministry and through civic engagement.


Molly’s first three-year term ended 6/30/2024 and she started her second three-year term on 7/1/2024. It extends through 6/30/2027.

Nathan Phelps

Nathan is the founder of Tulsa Classical Academy and served as President from its founding until 6/30/2024 when he stepped down to focus on establishing other classical charter schools in Oklahoma through the Classically Formed Foundation (where he continues to serve as President). Nathan spent the first half of his professional life in the software business in a variety of roles including co-founding a healthcare technology venture. Nathan then discovered a passion for classical education and intends to dedicate the second half of his life to the cause of expanding access to classical education throughout Oklahoma. He has a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Humanities with Classical Education Concentration at the University of Dallas.


Nathan’s first three-year term ended 6/30/2023 and he started his second three-year term on 7/1/2023. It extends through 6/30/2026.

Classically Formed Foundation

The Classically Formed Foundation is a Type I supporting organization dedicated to supporting Tulsa Classical Academy. Visit for more information.