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Phillip Midkiff (from left) is returning to the classroom after serving as technology coordinator for the Hoxie School District, and Darrell Parks II is the new technology coordinator. Other new teachers at Hoxie High School include: Casey Wells, Tammy Wilkerson, Brett Shrable, Aaron Thornton, Jeffery Blake and (not pictured) Jason Payne.
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Hoxie High School
has new teachers

Hoxie High School has several new teachers joining the faculty for the 2011-12 school year.

Phillip Midkiff of Hoxie is returning to the classroom after serving several years as technology coordinator at the school. A native of Walnut Ridge, he will be teaching algebra I, algebra II and remediation math. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Kentucky and math certification from Arkansas State University. He has also taught math at Black Rock School and math and band at Walnut Ridge. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons Bill, 29, and Sam, 24.

Darrell Parks II, a native of Jonesboro, is the new technology coordinator. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Bono. They have a two-year-old son, Darrell Parks III.

Casey Wells of Paragould is the new agriculture teacher at HHS. He has a bachelor's degree in agriculture sciences with an emphasis in agriculture education from ASU. He will be serving in his first year as a teacher and will teach ninth through 12th-grade students in a variety of agriculture classes.

Tammy Wilkerson is the family and consumer sciences teacher. A native of Kennett, Mo., she has a bachelor's degree in family and consumer science from Murray State University. Prior to coming to Hoxie, she taught 26 years at Southland High School. She and her husband, Ted, live in Paragould. They have two children, Zachary, 22, and Katelyn, 17.

Brett Shrable, a native of Walnut Ridge, has been hired as a health, driver's education, distance learning and alternative learning environment teacher. He will also serve as an assistant coach for football and head track coach. He previously taught seventh and eighth-grade math at Manila Middle School. He and his wife, Candis, live in Jonesboro.

Aaron Thornton of Jonesboro will teach seventh and eighth grade math. A native of Batesville, he has a math degree from Lyon College. He is a first-year teacher and will also coach baseball and serve as an assistant coach for football.

Jeffery Blake of Paragould will teach seventh-grade social studies. In his first year of teaching, he is a graduate of ASU with a degree in physical education and health. He will also serve as head junior high football coach, as well as an assistant coach for senior high football and baseball. He and his wife, Kayci, have a son, Jace.

Jason Payne, a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo., will teach seventh through 12th-grade band and music technology. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in educational theory and practice, both from ASU. He and his wife, Lowe, live in Jonesboro.

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