October 10, 2012 Edition

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New faculty at Hillcrest School are (from left) Bryan Eckert, Ashton Geurin, Angela Morgan, Ashley Durham, Josh Smith and (right) Randy Nicholson.

Hillcrest School has new faces

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

Ashley Durham, a native of Lynn, is the new elementary secretary.

She and her husband, coach Andy Durham, live in Black Rock and have two children, Tyson and Tanner, both students at Hillcrest.

Ashton Geurin, a native and resident of Lynn, is teaching kindergarten at Hillcrest Elementary School.

Geurin holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education P-4. This is her first year of teaching, and she is the first graduate of Hillcrest High School to become employed by the school.

She is married to Blake Geurin.

Bryan Eckert, a resident of Strawberry and Jonesboro native, is teaching music, including elementary, vocal and instrumental.

He and his wife, Nannette, have one son, Jaime, nine.

Eckert received a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Arkansas State University and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University.

Josh Smith, an Ash Flat native, is the new EAST facilitator and will teach girls athletics.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Arkansas State University.

He and his wife, Shanna, a second-grade teacher, have three children, Mackayla, 11, Talmadge, seven, and Lyndee Jo, one. They live in Strawberry.

Randy Nicholson, a native and resident of Ash Flat, is the new agri teacher at Hillcrest High School.

He holds an associates degree from ASU Beebe, and a bachelor's degree and master's degree, both from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Nicholson taught agri at Biggers-Reyno for 17 years, followed by 10 years experience at Highland.

He has three children, Jacob, 28, Julie, 25, and Nick, 12.

Angela Morgan, a Batesville native, is teaching third grade at Hillcrest Elementary School.

Morgan holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education P-4 and is in her first year of teaching.

She and her husband, Fred, reside in Lynn. They have two children, Mollie, a sixth-grader, and Brock, a second-grader.

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