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It’s that time of year when people are making changes in their professional lives in the world of education.  Gurdon School District is no exception.  Over the course of this Spring, there have been resignations, intents to retire, transfers and hires.  Fortunately, we have been able to fill all open positions so far with highly qualified people.

Leaving the school district by way of retirement are Jimmy Crawley (Maintenance/Grounds), Teresa Griffin (CMS Secretary), Susan Jackson (CMS English), Gema O’Connell (GPS ESL), and Debbie White (Art).  They have touched the lives of many during their time here.  We are saddened to see them leave, but wish them the best in whatever the future holds for each of them. 

By way of resignation, DeAnne Davis (CMS Math), Macey Green (CMS Science), Chris Kizer (CMS teacher/coach), Amy Ledbetter (GHS Counselor), and Tammy Shumate (GHS Principal) will be leaving the district to pursue other opportunities in their careers.  We wish them the best in their endeavors.

Filling the gaps left by these great educators will be:

Tonya Kinser, from GPS Counselor, to GPS/GHS Counselor; Brittany Brady from Special Education Paraprofessional to CMS Secretary; Sierra Stormes from Social Studies to English at CMS; Kristin Jester from Special Education to Science at CMS; and new hires Briana Smith and Jared Morrow will be starting their Go-Devil experience at CMS.

Additionally, a new GHS principal has been hired for the 2022-23 school year.  Ms. Misty Woolf will be taking that position beginning July 1st.  Ms. Woolf is from Gurdon and began her teaching career here at GHS in 2002, teaching high school social studies.  She transitioned to Benton High School in 2009, where she is completing her 20th year of teaching.  Ms. Woolf has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is a licensed building administrator.  Ms. Woolf has been club sponsors, planned community service projects, worked on student reading curriculum for interventions, and participated in Professional Learning Communities and Capturing Kids’ Hearts within her current work environment.  While at Gurdon, she was the High Schools that Work Coordinator and the Close Up Sponsor.  We are excited to have someone who knows and loves our community coming home to lead her alma mater.  In her own words, “I am so excited for the opportunity to return home and give my best to my school and community! It is truly great to be a Go-Devil, AGAIN!”

We will continue to post personnel news to our website, app and social media.  Check back periodically for updates.  Thank you for your continued support!