Twenty-one fresh faces will greet returning Lexington students when the 2022-23 school year gets underway today (Thursday).
They are Ryan Blaine, Yancy Cody, Jacobi Couch, Brenda Dunn, Jeanice Ervin, Monty Ervin, Tom Gragg, Connie Hamilton, Aleshia Hamm, Courtney Harmoning, Tyersa Hollman, Paige Humbarger, Trever Lee, Teresa Piazza, Jennifer Rieland, Lisa Rollins, Amy Rosenfelt, Kayla Stevens, Katy Stover, Vernon Thetford and Cady Wollenberg.
Blaine is teaching seventh grade geography and is also head coach for high school baseball and junior high softball and basketball.
He graduated from Tuttle High School and Oklahoma Baptist University and previously taught physical education for kindergarten through eighth grade at Grove.
He chose Lexington for a fresh start and to be closer to home. He and is wife, Rebecca, have a daughter, Ryleigh.
Cody teaches Algebra I and intermediate Algebra at the high school. He graduated from Grape Creek High School in Texas and Missouri Valley College.
He previously taught at Wanette Public Schools and chose Lexington because he “wanted to be at a bigger school.”
Couch teaches reading, character development and library at the high school and junior high. He coaches sixth and seventh grade basketball and is the new head coach.
He is a graduate of Del City High School, Everest University and Southern Nazarene University.
He is divorced and has four sons, including a set of twins
Dunn is a special education teacher at the intermediate school. She is a graduate of Wayne High School and East Central University and was special education director at Wayne.
“It is an exciting position that will allow me to focus on each student’s success,” she said.
She has six children and five grandchildren.
Jeanice Ervin teaches PE for kindergarten through fourth grade and coaches girls basketball at the junior high.
She is a graduate of Amber-Pocasset High School and Central State University. She previously taught at Burns Flat-Dill City.
She and her husband, Monty, have twin girls.
Monty Ervin teaches eighth grade American history and coaches softball at the high school. He is also assistant coach of girls basketball at the high school.
He is a graduate of Blanchard High School, ECU and Southwest Oklahoma State University.
He previously taught at Burns Flat-Dill City, Yukon, Hennessey and Meeker.
Gragg teaches high school chemistry. He is a graduate of ECU and previously taught eighth grade math.
He and his wife, Nichole, have three children and five grandchildren.
Hamilton teaches pre-kindergarten. She is a graduate of Lindsay High School and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She previously taught kindergarten at Newcastle.
“I’ve heard great things about Lexington’s administration and staff (and) wanted to be a part of this school district,” she said.
She and her husband, Wade, have a son, Connor.
Hamm teaches first grade. She is a graduate of Lexington High School and the University of Oklahoma.
She previously was a teacher’s aide in pre-K for three years.
“The kids made that effort of climbing out of bed every morning worth it,” she said. “I’m excited to begin this new journey.”
Harmoning teaches third grade. She is a graduate of Village Christian High School in California and Eugene Bible College in Oregon.
Previously, she was an advisor at Oklahoma City Community College.
“I have always loved working with kids. I am excited to be a part of their educational journey,” she said.
She and her husband, Mike, have four children – Zac, Madi, McKinley and Miklyn.
Hollman teaches fourth grade and sixth through eighth grade drama. She is a graduate of Moore High School, OCCC and University of Central Oklahoma.
She previously taught drama at Del City High School and Longfellow Middle School in Norman.
She and her husband, John, have a daughter, Sadie Lyn.
Humbarger teaches sixth grade science. She is a graduate of Lexington High School and OU.
She previously was a reading assistant for sixth and seventh grades and worked in the high school library at Lexington.
She is engaged to Cole Mills.
Lee teaches seventh and eighth grade science. He previously taught science at Middleberg. He is a graduate of OCCC and USAO.
He and his wife, Tammy, have two sons.
Piazza teaches fifth grade math. She is a graduate of Westmoore High School, USAO and OU. She previously taught 18 years at Purcell Elementary and Intermediate Schools.
She and her husband, Dan, have three children – Tyler Piazza, Autumn Wyatt and Sydney Parrish.
Rieland teaches fourth grade. She is a graduate of Denton, Texas, High School and the University of North Texas. She previously taught second, fourth, fifth and seventh grades in Texas and coached middle school girls.
She and her husband, Todd, have eight “fur babies.”
Rollins is a special education resource teacher at the middle school. She previously taught 27 years for Norman and Noble public schools.
“Lexington is where I was raised and have chosen to raise my children,” she said. “Coming back to teach at Lexington Public Schools is like coming home. I am blessed to be working in my hometown.”
She and her husband, Travis, have four children – Amber, Cody, Skylar and Noelani.
Rosenfelt is a high school counselor. She is a graduate of Noble High School, ECU and St. Lawrence University in New York. Previously she was a school counselor for 10 years at Western Heights Public Schools.
“I am from the Lexington area and was looking to make a move closer to home,” she said.
Stevens teaches kindergarten. She is a graduate of Ada High School and ECU. She previously taught first and second grade at Wanette.
She and her husband, Michael, have three children – Roselyn, Lillian and William.
Stover is a counselor at the elementary school. She is a graduate of ECU and UCO in Edmond and previously was a teacher and counselor at Washington Public Schools.
She and her husband, Clint, have a son, Layne, and daughter, Jillian.
Thetford teaches eighth grade pre-algebra and coaches boys basketball at the high school. He is a graduate of Byng High School and ECU. Previously he taught at Wanette.
He and his wife, Stevanna, have two children – Kelsi and Jordyn.
Wollenberg teaches high school art. She is a graduate of Purcell High School and USAO.
Lexington is her first teaching assignment and she is excited to “share what art is with the next generation of students.”
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