October 3, 2007 Edition

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Tim Booth

Amanda Easley

Amanda Carpenter

Candace Edwards

Chris Murray

Jim McMullen

Gaye Rickey

Jean Terrell

Chris Wagoner

Braden Watson

Keith Westbrook

Heather Kepner

New administrators,
teachers join Hoxie School

Students at Hoxie School are seeing several new changes this year including new teachers, new administrators, a new building and over 100 new students from Delaplaine School.

New administrators who have joined the staff include Tim Booth and Jim McMullen. Booth is the new assistant principal at Hoxie Elementary. He received his BSE and MSE in elementary education from Arkansas State University. He has worked at Armorel Elementary, Brookland Middle School and SUCCESS Acheivement Academy. Booth and his wife, Lisa, and their sons, Austin, Edwin and Jeff, live in Walnut Ridge.

Jim McMullen, high school principal at Hoxie, received his BSE and MSE from ASU. He has previously worked at Tuckerman, Hoxie, McRae and Walnut Ridge. He has one son, Mark, age 24.

Also joining the staff at Hoxie this year are two preschool teachers, Candace Edwards and Amanda Carpenter. Edwards received her BSE in early childhood education from Williams Baptist College. She and her husband, Tom, live in Hoxie with their three children, Timothy, 13; Megan, 10; and Brittan, six.

Carpenter, who is a native of Trumann, has her CDA and paraprofessional license and has taught at the Wee Cat Academy in Trumann. She lives in Walnut Ridge with her husband, Michael, and their two-and-a half-year-old son, Austin.

Jean Terrell is Hoxie Elementary's new art teacher. She received her degree in art education from ASU and has previously taught at Marianna.

Heather Kepner, a native of Peach Orchard, is teaching fifth grade at Hoxie this year. She received her BSE in early childhood education from Arkansas State University and taught at Delaplaine School for 10 years before its closing.

Cynthia Brewer is the new fourth and fifth grade resource teacher at HES. She received her BSE from Williams Baptist College and MSE in special education from ASU. She lives in Portia with her husband, Shay, and their two children, Brayden, five, and Kersee, eight months.

Gaye Rickey, who received her BSE from ASU, has also joined the staff at Hoxie Elementary this year. She has taught first, third and sixth grades as well as reading recovery at Delaplaine and Walnut Ridge. Rickey and her husband, Charles, live in O'Kean. They have three children, Jamey, Charley and Natalie.

Amanda Easley is the new elementary counselor at Hoxie. She received her BSE in family consumer sciences from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently working on her master's of science education in school counseling at ASU. Easley is the daughter of Dr. Reggie and Sandra Cullom and Bruce and Cindy Easley, all of Osceola.

Chris Murray is teaching seventh grade science at Hoxie this year. He has his BSE in physical education with a middle school endorsement and has been teaching at Delaplaine High School. He and his wife, Andrea, who is a teacher at Pocahontas High School, and their 15-month-old daughter, Olivia, live in Delaplaine.

Keith Westbrook is the new choir and music teacher at Hoxie School. He received his bachelor's degree in vocal music education from Arkansas State University and is a first year teacher. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Jonesboro.

Chris Wagoner is teaching physical science and coaching at HHS. He received his bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and has taught at Bradford High School. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Walnut Ridge with their three children, Chelsea, 14; Cayley, 13; and Seth, 10.

Braden Watson, a native of Maynard, is teaching health in grades seven through 12. He is also the assistant basketball and baseball coach. Watson received his degree in health and physical education from William's Baptist College.

New building

The Hoxie School District started the school year with a new $2.2 million building, which includes four sixth grade classrooms, two eighth-grade classrooms and one seventh-grade classroom. There is also a self-contained classroom for special education students and the school's first fully-equipped science lab.

Hoxie Supt. Dennis Truxler said the rooms are around 60 square feet larger than what the state requires and are equipped with motion sensor lights. The restrooms in the new building have no-touch sinks and faucets to reduce the risk of germ spread.

"One thing I'm really proud of with this building," said Truxler, "is that when everyone is gone ~ when all the work is done ~ its paid for. We built a $2.2 million building without financing a penny."

Delaplaine students

The Hoxie School District also saw a large increase in enrollment this school year due to the number of students transferring in from Delaplaine School, which closed last year. Over 100 students are being bused or are driving from Delaplaine this year.

Truxler said that the new students have adapted well and seem to fit in at Hoxie. Several teachers from the Delaplaine area were also hired.

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