Five teachers joined the Wayne Public Schools faculty for the 2015-16 school year.
First day of classes in for the Bulldogs was Wednesday.
The new teachers are Kelsey Dial, Jacob Fielder, Dana Powell, Kelsea Rey and Michelle Waters.
Dial is teaching pre-kindergarten at the elementary school.
A first-year teacher, Dial said teaching pre-K is her “dream job.”
She is a graduate of Ada High School and East Central University.
She is engaged to Ryan Ring.
Fielder is teaching agriculture and is a graduate of Maysville High School and Oklahoma State University.
He chose Wayne because he wanted to have a “great experience in my own program.”
“At Maysville, I felt that Wayne would be a great place to begin my career because of its own rich history,” he said.
He also is a first-year teacher.
Powell is teaching Spanish I at the high school.
“I have spent most of my working in banking,” she said. “I recently retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in Oklahoma City.”
She is a graduate of Casady High School and Oklahoma City University.
She previously taught years ago at Lexington High School.
She is married to John Powell, a former professional basketball player in Europe.
Rey is teaching seventh through 12th grade English and is the head girls basketball coach and assistant softball coach.
She previously taught at DCLA Public Schools.
A graduate of Noble High School and Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, she chose Wayne because it is close to family.
Waters is teaching English I, II and III at the high school.
She previously taught middle school English literature and mixed media journalism at Little Axe.
“After teaching middle school for three years, I wanted to work with high school students to create a culture of literacy, to encourage the kids to become the best readers and writers they can be,” she said.
She is a graduate of Westmoore High School and Oklahoma Baptist University.
An award-winning reporter, she left journalism to start a family. She and her husband, Steve, have two children – Chris and Aimee.