A new school year typically brings in new faculty like the 14 additions for Purcell Public Schools.
They are Jim Bohnstedt, Ashley Howell, Erica Keen, Jami Martin, Frances Maynor, Kerri Raper, Emma Rolin, Kayla Sweeney, Carol Testa, Skylar Thomas, Bryson Tuttle, Steffany Ward, Amy Wells-Norman and Mindy Wells.
Bohnstedt teaches high school technology. It is his first teaching assignment. He is a graduate of Maysville High School and East Central University.
“I chose this position because I know the standards Purcell sets for their students,” he said.
He is married to Madylan Bohnstedt.
Howell teaches fifth grade language arts at the intermediate school.
She is a Purcell and University of Oklahoma graduate and previously worked as a librarian.
“I have always wanted to teach and love the age group of 3rd to 5th grade,” she said, adding this is her “dream job.”
She is married to Justin Howell.
Keen teaches algebra I, geometry and math finance. She is a graduate of Purcell and Oklahoma State University. She previously taught agriculture education at Lindsay.
“I am excited about being back in the community I love,” she said.
She and her husband, Josh, have two children – Carli and Carter.
Martin teaches kindergarten at the elementary school. She graduated from Norman High School and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
“Teaching kindergarten is my passion,” she said.
She and her husband, Matt, have two children – Alex and Trevor.
Maynor teaches choir and vocal music as the high school and intermediate school. She is a graduate of Norman and OU and was choir director for Cache Schools for five years.
“I love sharing music with students,” she said.
She and her husband, David, have a son, Liam.
Raper teaches fifth grade math and science at the intermediate school. She graduated from Wynnewood High School and ECU and previously taught kindergarten, second and fifth grades.
“My heart has always been in teaching,” she said. “My greatest reward is seeing the light bulb come on in a child’s eyes. I feel very lucky to be part of the Dragon family.”
She has three daughters – Angie, Annistyn and Anika.
Rolin teaches biology and anatomy/zoology. She is a Purcell graduate and has degrees from ECU.
“I have a passion for learning and for science and this felt like the right fit,” she said. “I am a proud PHS alum and I am excited to play a part in the education of a new generation of Dragons.”
Sweeney teaches kindergarten. She is a graduate of Purcell High School and Southern Nazarene University.
“I have a passion for kids and teaching,” she said. “It’s a dream come true to be at my alma mater and I’m so excited to start this new chapter.”
She and her husband, Kyle, have a son, Olin.
Testa is assistant principal at the high school and athletic director. She is a graduate of Hugo High School, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and OU. Her previous experience includes teaching math and coaching.
She was drawn to Purcell by “the opportunity to mentor teachers and coaches and create positive relationships so that we can work together to give our students the best educational experience possible.”
Thomas teaches first grade. She is a graduate of Lindsay High School and OSU.
“Coming out of school I knew Purcell was going to be my perfect fit,” she said.
Tuttle is the junior high school band director and band assistant at the high school. He is a graduate of Jenks High School and OSU.
“I wanted to educate younger musicians,” he said.
Ward teaches kindergarten. She is a graduate of Wynnewood, University of Central Oklahoma and ECU and previously taught third grade at Wayne.
“I’m a Dragon,” she said. “My children are here. I’m thrilled to be back.”
She and her husband, Alan, have four children – Landon, Ryder, Maddox and Molly.
Wells-Norman is a counselor at the intermediate school. She is a graduate of Sulphur High School and OU. For the past seven years, she was a counselor at Davis High School.
“I am excited to get the opportunity to work with grades three through five,” she said.
She has two sons, Jag and Jett.
Wells teaches special education at the high school. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and previously taught business at Lindsay High School.
“I come from Texas and have taught for 14 years,” she said. “I look forward to my new teaching position at Purcell.”
She and her husband, Russell, have a son, Conner.