Oakbrook Preparatory School

Oakbrook Welcomes Aaron Johnson

Oakbrook Preparatory School is pleased to announce the addition of new Head Football Coach Aaron Johnson.

Johnson joins Oakbrook after seven seasons as the running back coach and recruiting coordinator at Wofford College, where he helped the Terriers place fifth in the nation in rushing offense with 269.9 yards per game.

"Oakbrook is fortunate to have a D1 college football coach lead our program," said Head of School Adair Hinds. "Coach Johnson knows how to prepare student-athletes who aspire to play in college, but most importantly he is passionate about preparing them to follow Christ."

Athletic Director Travis Casey said he is excited to welcome Johnson to Oakbrook's coaching staff. 

"We are fortunate to have a man with Coach Johnson's experience and knowledge of the game of football along with the passion and desire to help develop the whole student physically, mentally, and spiritually," Casey said.

Johnson said while he plans to lead students on the football field, his ultimate goal is to lead them to follow Jesus first. 

"I am really excited to be here and mentor student-athletes in such a strong Christian environment," said Johnson, who added that he's ready to see Oakbrook's program grow to its pull potential.

"We're ready to work hard, compete, and build a tradition at Oakbrook."

Oakbrook started its football program in 2012 making the playoffs in their inaugural season. After graduating senior leadership and a coaching change, Oakbrook moved into rebuilding mode and transitioned to a junior varsity schedule while focusing on building from the ground up under the leadership of Coach Mike Colasurdo. 

Last year, Colasurdo, who will remain as the team’s offensive coordinator and middle school coach, led the Knights to the championship game of the Palmetto Football Conference where they lost to Anderson Christian.

Colasurdo said he’s ready to work with Johnson and build on the success of last year’s season. 

“This is an exciting time to be a part of Oakbrook football. Coach Johnson’s experience and knowledge are what we need to take this team to the next level,” Colasurdo said.

Coach Johnson was a four-year letterman at halfback for the Terriers and was the recipient of the team's "Unsung Hero Award." He graduated in 2006.

Johnson and his wife, Hannah, a registered nurse, have one daughter, Brielle, born just this year. 

 

All-Area, All-Academic Soccer and Baseball

Congratulations Holli, Hannah Marie, Grace, Hadley, Alexis, Michael, Matthew, Carter, Andrew, Adam, Austin, Daniel, and Coach Welborn - SCISA Coach of the Year

See details in the Spartanburg-Herald Journal below.

Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Baseball 

 

 

Under Construction: New spaces for the arts

The arts are a vital part of the Oakbrook experience. This summer construction has begun on new spaces to promote creativity.

Oakbrook has become known in the community for the high quality production of our spring musical. We are pleased to announce that we are close to naming our next production and it will be fun for all ages!

 

This summer we began construction on a new dance floor on the stage for our dance program. Mrs. Howard is excited for her dancers to be able to train on such a high quality surface with more space.

 

 

In addition to a new space for our dance program, we are pleased to share the exciting news that our band program will have a new room this coming year. Mrs. Smith is excited for the band program to have a great new space with windows and ample room to spread out and practice.

 

And finally, Oakbrook is adding a Maker Space to promote creative and critical thinking. The maker space will include the Mac computers and space for students to collaborate on creative endeavors. Ms. Pierce is excited about the maker space and has been working this summer to make it a contemporary and cool space for Oakbrook students.

Oakbrook student uses senior project to show the power of giving back

New thrift shop will benefit several local charities

Read the entire article here http://www.goupstate.com/article/20150503/articles/150509971

Oakbrook appoints Chemistry Teacher

Former chemist brings professional experience to Oakbrook

Oakbrook Preparatory School is proud to announce the addition of Alice Yielding as its new physical science teacher.

Alice has a BS in chemistry with a math minor from Athens State in Alabama and worked as a chemist out of college and then transitioned to teaching where she has experience in charter and home school environments teaching chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

“I am excited for Alice to join our faculty. She has incredibly high standards for science education, believes in the importance of lab-based learning, and is a great cultural fit,” said Head of School Adair Hinds.

“I am really looking forward to working with the students and staff at Oakbrook,” said Alice. “I’m excited to get started and show them all the fun and exciting things about the physical science world.”

Alice said she is eager to begin sharing her proefessional experience with Oakbrook students through labs as well educating them about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

"There are so many opportunites for students today," she said.

In addition to her passion for science, Alice started the upstate FLL robotics team for the homeschool group where her students placed second in technical design and qualified for the state competition. Alice consulted with the Oakbrook team prior to the world competition. She has experience programming and is excited to help lead our robotics program.

Alice is married to Michael, who works as an engineer for CMH2Hill. Her son Brad will be joining us in the Fall as an 8th grader. 


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