When students return to classes next week, there will be several new faces among rural school campuses. District officials, to replace staff who have retired and others who have moved for job, family or personal reasons, have been busy this summer reviewing applications, conducting interviews and offering contracts to the top candidates for each opening. Some school staff may not be new, but will be fulfilling a new job assignment. And, on a few campuses, people hold the same jobs, but have been moved to different rooms — so students will need to pay attention to class teachers and assignments as they head back to class.
At the Como-Pickton Elementary, Katie Calhound has been hired as the new kindergarten teacher, Sherry Baugh will teach third grade, Jamie Rhoades fourth grade, Amanda Nabors fifth grade and Uy’Londa Valentine will serve as a special education aide. At C-P Junior High, Carl Byers will teach social studies and coach, while Judy Grimes teachers English language arts and reading and coaches. At high school, Dustin Flowers will be teaching algebra II and Linda Panter is the secondary art teacher. Also, Dusti James was hired as a special education diagnostician for the district and Cassie Bland will serve at the district level in bilingual education, English as a second language, testing and elementary student services. Ken Miller came on board this summer at the new maintenance director and Tommy Welch filled the HVAC vacancy.
Karla Jacks, elementary secretary, moved at the end of the school year from the elementary campus to the administration building to serve as administrative assistant to the superintendent. Monica Tapley is now the elementary secretary.
MILLER GROVE ISD
Students will be greeted by nine new staff members Monday at Miller Grove Independent School District. They replace the five staff members who retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year, fill one new position and replace two people who left for other reasons.
Laurie Meadows is now serving as high school secretary and PEIMS coordinator, and Angie McCrary is the new testing coordinator and accounts clerk. Doug Stewart joins the MGISD staff as a maintenance worker. Tina Davenport was hired as a library aide and Anita Arrington will be working in the cafeteria.
Ana Billingsley has been hired to teach physical education classes and joins the coaching staff. The two new agriculture teachers will be Brian Jackson and Stephanie Lynch. Lance Durham will teach junior high and high school math. Lindsay Smith joins the elementary faculty as the new pre-kindergarten teacher.
NORTH HOPKINS ISD
North Hopkins ISD has only two truly new staff members this year, a high school boys basketball coach and a new technology coordinator. However, Principal LeAnn Tadlock noted that there will be a few faces returning in different positions. One person will move from an aide position to a teaching position and one more will assume a different role.
When students return to Saltillo ISD, they too will be welcomed by a few new staff members.
Virginia Green has been hired to teach first grade. Tracy Humphries will be the new second grade teacher. Flicka Croley will be teaching English language arts and reading at the junior high level. In the athletics department, Dexter Ivy has been hired as the girls basketball coach, Alicia Williams will coach softball and teach junior high science, and Jan Heijligers will coach boys athletics and serve as an instructional aide.
Jerry English will be the new PEIMS secretary, and Tim Lane returns as elementary principal.
SULPHUR BLUFF ISD
Sulphur Bluff ISD Principal Amy Northcutt notes that not only are there several new staff members this year, teachers have a new start time too; the teachers’ day begins at 7:40 a.m., with tutorials starting at 7:45 a.m. Hired as the new second grade teacher is Angie Blount. Jill Mayhan will serve as dean of students. Kelly Johnston will teach math and Robin Wheat will teach English. Cherry Krantz will serve as a special education teacher, coach and physical education teacher. Terry Golden will be teaching history and coaching.
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