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I have been in education for 10 years. I teach FACS in the morning and Elementary Library in the afternoon, both at Umpire. I have a 12 year old son, Jacoby. He plays all the sports. It takes up most of my time but I love every second of it!!

- Laken Kirby, FACS/Librarian

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This will be my sixth year as a special education paraprofessional at Cossatot River School district's Umpire campus. My husband Kevin and I have two daughters: Sheena and Brittany. We also have four grandchildren: James, Jalyn, Olivia, and Keeli.

- Gina Thornton, Paraprofessional

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I have lived in Umpire my whole life and graduated from Umpire High School. I enjoy working at Umpire School because of the close-knit community atmosphere where everyone works hard for our students.

- Wendy Parsons, Special Education Teacher

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Hello! My name is Bethany Brantley. I’ve been happily married to Legér Brantley for twenty years and blessed with two wonderful children. Our oldest, Cole, is graduating from CRHS this year. Our youngest, Jaylie, is in 6th grade.

- Bethany Brantley, GT/AP Coordinator

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I began my teaching career teaching K12 Art. In 2018, a position in Special Education became available, and I felt a calling to fill it in the CRHS English Resource class and to earn my Master’s Degree. This district is my family. It is where I belong, Eagle Proud!

- Leisa Green, Special Education Teacher

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I am from De Queen, and I have been working at CRSD for 7 years. I am married to my wonderful husband EJ Tena, and we have 2 amazing kids, Zion and Adalyn! We pastor The Remodeled Church in Grannis! I love working for Cossatot River School District!

- Lorena Tena, 2nd-Grade Teacher

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I am Reggie Fryar and this is my 41st year of teaching. Other school activities include coaching and Quiz Bowl. My wife, Sandy, and I have three children: Chad, Erin, and Robert. We are also the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. I am also the Pastor of Revival Center Church in Cove.

- Reggie Fryar, History Teacherer

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I am a paraprofessional for K-6 at Vandervoort Elementary. After college, I stayed home and raised my girls until the youngest went to Kindergarten. I am married to Charles Dixon and we have 3 girls, Kadi, 18, Mia, 16, and Laci, 15. I absolutely love my job!

- Krisi Dixon, Paraprofessional

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Hello Eagle Nation! I'm a para/bus driver at CRHS. I'm usually subbing somewhere or driving students to the college in Mena! My wife Gayle also drives a bus. We have 3 kids, 4 grandkids (+1 on the way!), 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 goats, 5 chickens, and 30 plus rabbits! I also drive a bus for Zafra Church!

- Mr. Mike, Paraprofessional/Bus Driver

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I have been teaching for 12 years, 11 of those with our district. My daughter Deianeira and her husband Matt Wise live in Wickes with my beautiful granddaughters Raylan and Maddy. My son Briar and his wife Lauren live in Fort Smith. I love working for Cossatot River School District!

- Dee Oliver, Kindergarten Teacher

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I have been teaching for ten years. I have five wonderful children, three girls (Ellah, Harper, Tinley) and two boys (Sawyer, Stockton), ranging in age from ten to three. They all attend Wickes Elementary. My kids all ride horses and it is a wonderful family affair.

- Lena Davis, 7th/8th-Grade Science Teacher

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"This is my eighth year teaching at Vandervoort Elementary. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Bill for 40 years. We are blessed to be the parents of Bethany Brantley, and the grandparents of Cole and Jaylie Brantley. I really enjoy anything that allows me time with my grands.

- Anita Barfield, 1st-Grade Teacher

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Hello! My name is Tanya Bell and I teach Kindergarten at Wickes Elementary. This is my 9th year with CRSD. I enjoy listening to music, spending time with my family, and reading. I love my CRSD family and wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else!

- Tanya Bell, Kindergarten Teacher

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I began my career in teaching here at CRHS 6 years ago. I love sports and enjoy supporting my students in their extracurricular activities. I believe that building relationships with my students through these activities is the key to my success. I love my students and coworkers at Cossatot!

- Dana Hall, High School English Teacher

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This is my 6th year being employed by CRSD. I am the secretary at VES. I have three sons. The oldest two graduated from Van Cove School. My youngest son graduated from CRHS in 2015. I have recently gotten married and between my husband and I, we have 9 children and 15 grandchildren. I love CRSD!

- Wanda Dean, VES Secretary

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My name is Tawana Davis. I attended all twelve years of school at Van-Cove and graduated in 1987. I have three sons and three daughters in law. I also have two granddaughters. I started working for Cossatot River in August of 2013 as a cafeteria lady. The favorite part of my job is our students.

- Tawana Davis, Cafeteria Staff

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I teach kindergarten at VES. I live in Wickes with my husband, Jesse Sherrouse, and my three kids, Alexander, Chloe, and Josiah. When I'm not working on classroom projects for my kinders, I'm working on projects for my family! Between the two, there is never a dull moment!

- Candace Sherrouse, Kindergarten Teacher

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I am the Bookkeeper II at the District Office. I am married to Dustin Burk and we have one son named Bentley. I enjoy working for the district and helping others.

- Hanna Burk, Bookkeeper II

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My name is Shauna Winer. This is my eighth year as a paraprofessional in the distance lab at CRHS. I have 3 birth children and 3 bonus children and 11 (soon to be 12) grands. My job here is to help students stay focused on their online courses. EAGLE PROUD!

- Shauna Winer, Paraprofessional

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This is my eighth year teaching at Vandervoort Elementary. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Bill for 40 years. We are blessed to be the parents of Bethany Brantley, and the grandparents of Cole and Jaylie Brantley. I really enjoy anything that allows me time with my grands!

- Anita Barfield, 1st-Grade Teacher