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New teachers at Black Rock School are (front, from left): Melissa Franklin, Matthew Snyder, Audumn Rice; (back) Desirea Meeks, Marcia Martin and Tashena Tate.

Several new faces at BR

Six new faculty members have joined the Black Rock School District for the 2012-13 school year.

Tashena Tate, a native of Lynn, is teaching first grade at Black Rock Elementary.

She and her husband, Erick, have two children, Brogan, four, and Brigg, 10 months.

Tate received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and a master's degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

She taught fourth-grade at Hoxie Elementary School for eight years.

Marcia Martin, a native and resident of Walnut Ridge, is teaching third grade at Black Rock.

Martin holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in GT, both of which were obtained from Williams Baptist College.

She has taught third and fourth grade at Tuckerman and second grade at Hoxie.

Martin is the wife of Drake Martin. They have one child, Reid.

Matthew Snyder, a Portia resident and Lake City native, is teaching seventh-grade science and social studies, health, PE and boys basketball and baseball.

Snyder received his degree in physical education at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. His experience includes serving as a full-time substitute teacher and assistant basketball coach at Nettleton School in Jonesboro.

Audumn Rice, a native of Pocahontas, is teaching ninth through 12th grades sciences, including physical science, biology, chemistry, physics and anatomy.

Rice is the wife of Corey Rice of Pocahontas. They have three children, Madison, 17, Emma, 13, and Lucy, nine.

She received a bachelor's degree in biology at Arkansas State University, and has taught ninth through 12th grade sciences at Maynard High School, and taught pre-AP biology, AP biology and anatomy at Pocahontas High School.

Desirea Meeks, a native of Lynn, has been employed by the school district as a cafeteria worker where she cooks and cleans.

Meeks and her husband, Herschel, live in Black Rock. They have three children, Baylee, 11, Scout, six, and Tyler, four.

Melissa Franklin, a Portia resident, is second grade aid at Black Rock Elementary School.

In addition, Franklin will serve as an aide for the Gifted and Talented Program.

Franklin is a native of Kenton, Tenn., and is married to Ronald Franklin. She has three children, Jessica, Natalie and Ethan Blankenship.

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