October 7, 2009 Edition

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New employees for the 2009-10 school year at Hoxie School include (front, from left): Janie Chadwick, Charlotte Myers, Melodie Murray; (back) Holly Cockrell, Serina Wilson, Amanda Riley, Jeremy Parmer, Lisa Booth, Debra Wall and Lisa Vankirk.

Hoxie has several new employees

Among the new employees at Hoxie School are (front, from left): Sommer Ferrell, Christina Moore, Kim Parmer; (back) Dorothy Greenwood, Christi Clayton, Carla Gregory; and (not pictured) Greg Conrey.

The Hoxie School District added several new faces to its faculty and staff for the 2009-10 school year.

Christi Clayton of Lorado is serving as speech pathologist. A native of Jonesboro, she holds a master's degree in communication disorders from Arkansas State University. She and her husband, Jared, have a daughter, Andrea.

Sommer Ferrell, a native of Ravenden, is teaching kindergarten through seventh-grade art. She earned a bachelor's degree in art education at Williams Baptist College and is a first-year teacher. She and her husband, Paul Ferrell, live in Ravenden.

Dorothy Greenwood joined the cafeteria staff as a cook. A native of Minnesota, she lives in Clover Bend. She is married to Robert Greenwood and has three children, Steven, Scott and Erika.

Carla R. Gregory of Walnut Ridge was hired as a sixth-grade teacher. She has previously taught at Oakland City Elementary and Wood Memorial Junior High in Oakland City, Ind. A native of Paragould, she has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University and a master's degree in teaching/administration from Oakland City University. She and her husband, Rev. Doran Gregory, who is the pastor of White Oak Baptist Church, have three grown daughters, Carletta, Patricia and Dawn.

Christina Moore of Hoxie is serving as a cook on the cafeteria staff. She is a native of Hoxie and is married to Tommy "Pistol" Moore. They have four children, Gunner, Chance, Chase and Macie Moore.

Kim Parmer is teaching accelerated math and working on the school's website. A native of Mississippi, she graduated from Pocahontas High School and now lives in Jonesboro. She has a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science with an emphasis in interior design from the University of Central Arkansas. She is married to Coach Jeremy Parmer.

Greg Conrey of Walnut Ridge was hired as a bus driver. He and his wife, Jammie Conrey, have a daughter, Geena, and son, Garrett.

Lisa Booth, a native of Armorel, is a special education paraprofessional. She studied at Black River Technical College and is a certified phlebotomist. She and her husband, Tim, live in Walnut Ridge. They have three sons, Austin Booth, Edwin Wallace and Jeff Wallace.

Janie Chadwick of Powhatan is teaching study hall. A Black Rock High School graduate, she and her husband, Glenn Chadwick, have two daughters, April Britt and Hollie Huckabee. She also has three grandchildren, Ellie, Hope and Harper.

Holly Cockrell teaches 10th and 11th-grade English and journalism. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in English from Arkansas State University. A native of Jonesboro, she and her husband, Sean Cockrell, live in Walnut Ridge. They have two children, Cade Cockrell and Lilli Cockrell.

Melodie Murray of Walnut Ridge is teaching algebra 2, algebra B, geometry and math remediation. A native of Pocahontas, she has a bachelor's degree from ASU. She is a first-year teacher. She is married to Brad Murray and has a son, Clayton Murray, eight months, and a stepson, Connor Murray, seven.

Charlotte Scott Myers, a native of Hoxie and retired teacher, returned this year to teach kindergarten. She previously taught for 36 years, 23 of which were at Hoxie. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Arkansas State University. She and her husband, Rick Myers, live in Walnut Ridge. They have three daughters, Danna Deaton, Toni Gairhan and Kristen Ferguson, and a granddaughter, Mary Scott Deaton.

Jeremy Parmer was hired to teach civics and American history. He is also an assistant football coach. A native of Oil Trough, he has a bachelor's degree from UCA. He taught at Augusta from 2000 to 2003 and at Paragould from 2003 to 2009. He and his wife, Kim Parmer, live in Jonesboro.

Amanda Riley of Pocahontas is working in distance education and assisting the band director. A native of Corning, she is married to Ryan Riley.

Lisa Vankirk is serving as a paraprofessional aide. She is a graduate of WBC with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She completed her student teaching at Sloan-Hendrix and taught at the Swifton Head Start from 2002 to 2006. Originally from the Pocahontas and Maynard area, she and her husband, Jerry Vankirk, live in Walnut Ridge. They have a son, Jonathon Vankirk, and a daughter, Krista Vankirk.

Debra Wall of Walnut Ridge is a third-grade paraprofessional. A graduate of Nettleton High School, she is married to Harold Dean Wall. They have a daughter, Courteney Wall, and a son, Caleb Wall.

Serina Wilson is a reading recovery teacher. A native of California, she has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from WBC. She and her husband, William Wilson, live in Walnut Ridge. They have three children, Kyle, Kaelin and Keifer.

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