Four new faculty members were at the head of the class when students returned to Wayne Public Schools on August 12.
Also new to the district are three paraprofessionals (teacher aides).
The new teachers are Charles Durrence, Jeanne Durrence, Julia Kirby, Doug Presgrove and Natausha St. Peter.
Charles Durrence is teaching history and coaching softball.
Previously he was a history teacher and softball coach at Clayton Public School.
Jeanne Durrence is a special education teacher at the middle school.
She is a graduate of Hugo High School and Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she majored in accounting.
Before becoming a teacher, she was a social worker and also worked in accounting and human resources. This is the start of her ninth year as a teacher.
Her teaching experience includes middle school digital literacy and math, high school algebra 1 and geometry, ACT prep and Career Tech business and information technology.
The Durrences have four children – Jalen, Haylee, Ayson and Easton,
Kirby, a graduate of Edmond North High School and Oklahoma State University, is teaching third grade.
“I have always wanted to teach at a smaller school,” she said. “I just had a really good feeling about teaching in Wayne.”
Presgrove is teaching agriculture to grades eight through 12.
He graduated from Comanche High School and Oklahoma State University.
He previously taught at Purcell, Bethel, Stratford and Clayton.
Presgrove and his wife, Claudia, have five children – Cory Presgrove, Esteban and Catie Munoz, Claudio Munoz, Taylor Presgrove and Shaylee Presgrove – and two grandchildren.
St. Peter is teaching fourth grade. She graduated from Stafford (Kans.,) High School and Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans.
She taught kindergarten for three years in Ulysses, Kans.
She and her husband, Derrick, have two children – Dacey and Kashton.
“I was eager to get back to teaching and this was a great time and opportunity since our youngest is going to pre-K this year.”
The new paraprofessionals at Wayne are Kristy Behrens, Tima Lynn Klupenger and Megan Tucker.
Behrens is a graduate of Stuart High School and Eastern Oklahoma State College. She and her husband, Charlie, have two children – Bailey and Bentley.
Klupenger worked as a teacher’s aide at Latta Public Schools and Good Shepherd Preschool in Ada. She is a graduate of Bethel Baptist Academy at Enid. She and her husband, Richard, have three children – Karson, Kash and Kymbree.
Tucker is attending Liberty University and hopes to become an elementary school teacher. She is a graduate of Wetumka High School. She has two children, Raelyn and Harper.