August 31, 2011 Edition

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Brandon Rout


Rachel Netrefa


Bobby Harpole


Bill Smith


Jeannie Wilkins


Shantel Archer

New faces join Hillcrest campus



Phyllis Gilbert
Hillcrest School District has added three new teachers this year, along with a new coach, school nurse and an aide.

Brandon Rout of Jonesboro will be teaching seventh and eighth-grade science as well as environmental science and biology.

A native of Melbourne, he was originally a radio/TV major and art minor at Arkansas State University, but received his non-traditional licensure to teach. This is his first year of teaching.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two dogs and two cats, but do not have children yet.

Rachel Netrefa, a native of Black Rock, will teach social studies, world history and economics.

She received her BSE from Arkansas State University, and this will also be her first year to teach school.

She and her husband, Robbie, live in Black Rock and have three children, Houston, 10, Ryker, five, and Rylee, three.

Bobby Harpole, originally from Corning, will coach junior and senior girls basketball and softball.

He received his bachelor's degree from Harding University and his masters' degree from Arkansas State University. He previously worked at Sloan-Hendrix, Maynard, Lone Star and Bay schools.

He and his wife, Cathy, live in Black Rock and have two grown children, Amanda Rorex, 34, and Robby Harpole, 28.

William (Bill) Smith, of Lynn will teach social studies and fifth and sixth-grade writing.

He holds bachelor's and masters of education degrees from UALR and a masters of administration from ASU.

Smith taught history and writing and sixth through eighth-grade history and economics at Bayou Meto Elementary School in Jacksonville.

A resident of Lynn, he has one son, Patrick Smith, who is 31.

Jeannie Wilkins of Smithville is the new third-grade literacy teacher.

She received her BSE in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education from Ouachita Baptist University. She has taught pre-k, kindergarten, first, fourth and sixth grades at several schools in several states.

A native of Missouri, Wilkins and her husband, Jay, who is also employed by the Hillcrest School District, have three children, Jennifer Collier, 29, Jason Wilkins, 24, and Jasmine Wilkins, 10.

Shantel Archer of Powhatan will serve as an aide. She received her LPN at Black River Technical College.

She and her husband, Scott, have two children, Kyler, six, and Kason, two.

Phyllis Gilbert of Smithville is the new school nurse.

She received her RN from Arkansas State University and was previously employed at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She and her husband, Marvin, have two sons, Stephen, 27, and Robert, 24. They also have one grandson, Austin, who is three.

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