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Kicking Off the New Year

The most valuable resource that a school can provide for a child’s education is the faculty and staff.  Hiring effective, quality people and placing them in the right position is the key to a successful school district. Tahlequah Public Schools has hired many outstanding teachers and staff for the 2015-2016 school year. At the district level we have hired two new personnel specialists, Wendy Wallace and Meghan Lowry.  Brenda Hammer is back with TPS and is our District Student Information and Reporting Specialist and our new Maintenance, Grounds and Transportation Director is Brad Jones. Cory Slagle is Tahlequah High School’s new principal and comes to us with several years of administrative experience.  We are all looking forward to working together as an administrative team and serving our students by Removing Obstacles Achieving Results.  We have currently hired over seventy new certified and support staff that we welcome into our district.

They are as follows: Sequoyah Pre-K: Lacy Gibson, Raquel Aramburo

Heritage Elementary: Amanda Vance, Sarah Hix, Tara Crow, Heather Corn, Natasha McIntosh, Mariah Hix, Allison Sweptson, Amy Duckworth

Cherokee Elementary: Kendra Baize, Mandy Quantie, Kristin Jones, Cynthia Collins, Addison Boulware

Greenwood Elementary: Jessica Robinson, Autumn Gwin, Jaqueline Waldhoer, Misty Boston, Ginger Allen, Jennifer Duncan, Valera Ainsworth, Angela Bradshaw, Ashley Carr, Alexis Sikes, Jesse Smith, Michelle Kirchhoff, Teensie Eckert

Middle School: Chali Kingfisher, Brian Jones, Jackie Willis, Megan Still, Kristopher Still, Steven Cain, Charles Arnall

High School: Bryce Rudek, Candace Lane, Jessica Tiner, Megan Bloom, Danielle Morgan, Matt Davis, Jay Stinnett, Ashley Wanger, Dylan Neal, Michele Collins, Debbi Peterson, Kandis Bardell, Lindsey Neal, Haley Miller, T.J. Fleetwood, Mark Rogge, Jim Christie, Natalie Morgan, Rocky Reeves, Linda Allen, Annette Garrett, Callie Hancock, Shannon Rowell   

Central Academy: Jessica Goodman

Transportation: Richard Corn

Maintenance/Grounds: Kyle Willigie, Mark Seymore- HVAC

Food Service: Shelia Norwood, Elisabeth O’Connell, Christy Christie, Rachel Briggs, Jaclyn DeMoss

The district provided our new certified teachers with training in TPS Board Policy and district expectations, effective teaching strategies using Ruby K.  Payne, and technology. We also kicked off our new Resident Teacher Mentor Program this past week for beginning year teachers new to the profession. We have fifteen teachers that qualify for this program and each of them has partnered with a career teacher. This program is designed to support and maintain new teachers through a strategic plan focused on improving teaching and learning in the classroom.  The district will continue to provide quality instruction using effective strategies to help us meet our district academic focus which is literacy. Our goal is to raise academic achievement in all content areas by improving literacy and we will utilize all of our staff to help us reach this goal.