Curriculum/Federal Programs Dir
I graduated from Wichita High School West in Wichita, Kansas in 1967. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Education at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico in 1995. In 1997, I received my Master's Degree in Education Administration from New Mexico Highlands University. I am presently working on my PhD in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies through the University of Central Arkansas. If all goes as planned, I will begin my dissertation work this fall and will graduate in May of 2015.
I majored in Elementary Education with minors in Math and Music for my Bachelor's Degree. Through my work toward my Master's Degree, I qualified for certification as a Curriculum Coordinator, District Administrator (Superintendent), and Building Administrator (Principal). My certification areas in the state of Arkansas are: 1-6 Elementary, K-12 Vocal Music, 5-12 Math, Curriculum Specialist, Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal, and District Administrator.
I am certified in Literacy Lab and as an AdvancEd review committee Chair. I have been trained in Arkansas' teacher and administrator evaluation systems and have received the required evaluator certification.
My professional development activities expand beyond the state required minimum. I have attended conferences for the National Council of Mathematics, T - cubed, National Title I, National Reading Conference, Arkansas School Curriculum Coordinator's Conference, Arkansas Association of Federal Coordinator's Conference, the International Leadership conference, and many others.
In 2013, I participated in a table presentation in Montreal, Canada for the International Leadership Conference, and this fall, a group of researchers, of which I am a member, has been invited to participate in a paper presentation on Adult Literacy.
In 2003, I began teaching at Marshall High School as an Algebra I teacher and at Marshall Elementary as the music teacher. In 2004, I shifted to Curriculum Director and Federal Programs Director at the district level. I have served in these positions for ten years. In 2011/12, in addition to my other duties, I was the principal at Marshall Elementary, and in 2012/2013, was principal at Leslie Intermediate.
In addition to working in Marshall, have taught in two other school districts, two in Arkansas and one in New Mexico. I worked in San Jon, New Mexico for three years teaching Math, Music, Science and English to students in grades three through twelve. Additionally, I served as Curriculum Coordinator for the district. For four years, I served as an Algebra I and Geometry teacher and as the Math Department Head in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Prior to education, my work experience includes working as a service representative and in management for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, as a bank teller, in sales, as a restaurant owner, and in other miscellaneous positions.
I am married to Randy Searight who teaches English at Marshall High School. We have four children, three girls and one boy, all of whom live outside the home. One child lives in Bentonville, Arkansas, one in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, another in Memphis, Tennessee, and the other in Bridgeport, Texas. Our children have blessed us with seven grandchildren.
I love to sing and play the guitar. When I have time, I like to read or listen to audio books. My free time at this point in my life is spent on reading, completing assignments, and writing papers for my college course work. After next spring, I will have more time for the simple pleasures.