Between them, Wayne and Lexington Public Schools have added 15 new faculty members for the 2019-20 school year.
Peggy English, Marianne Lamb, Jennifer Martin, Jennifer Mead, Chloe Trent, Megan Turner and Karen Walker.
The seven new faces in the classrooms at Wayne are Peggy English, Marianne Lamb, Jennifer Martin, Jennifer Mead, Chloe Trent, Megan Turner and Karen Walker.
English is teaching kindergarten. She is a graduate of Paoli High School, Cameron University and East Central University.
A veteran teacher, she has extensive experience, including one year at Noble and 31 years at Lexington. Her teaching assignments have included pre-K through second grade.
“I did my student teaching at Wayne and loved it,” she said. “It’s my home district. Education and learning are a huge part of my life. I’ve always loved school and books.”
Lamb directs the high school band and teaches music to all grades from pre-K through high school. She is a graduate of Washington High School and the University of Oklahoma. She previously taught music to pre-K through sixth grade for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
“My school closed. I moved back to the area. I thought teaching music at all levels would be the most exciting job ever,” she said. “I love teaching children and music.”
Martin teaches special education at the high school. She is a graduate of Wynnewood High School and ECU and previously taught at Purcell, Wayne and Maysville.
She has a daughter, Sunny Adams.
Mead teaches third grade. She is a University of Central Oklahoma graduate and previously taught third grade at Wayne.
“I enjoy working with children and sharing my love for learning,” she said. “I taught at Wayne for four years and left to travel the U.S. I am returning after two years.”
Trent also teaches third grade. She is a graduate of Stratford High School and ECU.
“Wayne is my first teaching position out of college,” she said. “I completed my student teaching here and enjoyed the faculty atmosphere and kiddos.”
Turner teaches special education in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. She is a graduate of Marshwood High School in South Berwick, Maine, and OU.
“I feel like here the students are the priority,” she said.
She and her husband, Brian, have four children – Julieanna, Jordyn, Jason and James.
Walker is the school’s new counselor. She is a graduate of Mill Creek, East Central University, the University of Oklahoma, College of the Ozarks, Murray State College and Jacksonville State.
“I want to help students succeed in life, become the best them they can be,” Walker said. “I want them to have a quality life/work balance.”
She is a competitive runner, loves to travel, hike and enjoys adventures. She has four sons and one daughter.
James Clevenger, Ashton Ellis, Kathy Gladden, Josh Phelps, Dawnnie Ross, Stevanna Thetford, Susan Tiffany and Jensen Zearley.
The faculty newcomers at Lexington are James Clevenger, Ashton Ellis, Kathy Gladden, Josh Phelps, Dawnnie Ross, Stevanna Thetford, Susan Tiffany and Jensen Zearley.
Clevenger teaches seventh grade science and alternative education. He is a graduate of ECU and has experience as a long-term substitute teacher for the district last year.
He chose Lexington “to spend more time with my children when they are not in school.”
He is a Boy Scout assistant scoutmaster and a certified PADI dive master teaching scuba diving to scouts in Florida in the summer.
He and his wife, Tonya, have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Beau.
Ellis teaches seventh grade math and coaches softball and girls basketball at the junior high. She is a graduate of Cordell High School, Western Oklahoma State College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
She chose Lexington to be closer to family.
Ellis is engaged to Steve McMahan.
Gladden teaches seventh grade English. She is a graduate of Gotebo High School and OU. She previously taught at Roosevelt and Lexington.
“I loved teaching in Lexington before I moved to Texas,” she said, adding she was runner-up Teacher of the Year for Windham (Texas) School System. That district has 2,000 teachers.
She has a daughter, Stephanie Haley.
Phelps teaches general music for grades two through five and directs the middle school and high school bands. He is a graduate of Bartlesville High School and UCO.
“The band program is moving forward and I am excited to be part of it,” he said. “I am an active professional musician in the Oklahoma City area, regularly performing on a variety of different instruments in as many ensembles and genres as possible.”
He is married to Faith Phelps.
Ross teaches family and consumer science to grades eight through high school. She is a graduate of Lexington High School and Northeastern State University. She previously taught family and consumer science in Midland, Texas.
“Lexington is home for me,” she said. “Coupled with the opportunity to teach in the subject area that is dear to my heart (was) the chance to give back to this community.”
She and her husband, Jerry, have two daughters – Charlie and Cooper.
Thetford teaches kindergarten. She is a graduate of Wanette High School and ECU and taught kindergarten at Wanette for six years.
“I had heard great things about Lexington and I wanted to be part of a great team,” she said.
She and her husband, Tyler, have two daughters – Kelsi and Jordyn.
Tiffany teaches kindergarten. She is a graduate of Richland High School in Fort Worth, UCO and OU. She previously taught at Wilson Elementary School in Norman.
“I’ve been out of teaching for eight years,” she said. “We would like to pay off our house so going back to a job I love just made sense.”
She and her husband, Greg, are active in Chi Alpha, a university ministry. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.
Zearley is a counselor for pre-K through eighth grade. She is a graduate of Newcastle High School, OU and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. She was previously an elementary school counselor for Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Fla.
“After graduating from OU, my husband and I lived in eastern Tennessee for three years,” she said. “Last year we lived in Tampa. We are excited to be back home in Oklahoma.”
She looks forward to the community atmosphere of a smaller district and the opportunity to build positive relationships with students, families and staff.
She is married to Austin Zearley.