MEET THE THIRD-GRADE TEACHERS

Ben Leavell

My name is Ben Leavell. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After working in retail for ten years, I decided to pursue a career in education. I returned to ATU and received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2014. My internship was completed at Oakland Heights, where I was also a substitute teacher for three long-term leaves and then worked as an instructional aide. I am proud to be a part of the Oakland Heights team. My goal for the students is to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in whatever endeavors they choose to pursue in life. 

Photo of Lauren Powers

My name is Lauren Powers. I began my teaching career in 2015 here at Oakland Heights Elementary. I am a graduate of Arkansas Tech University and Russellville High School. I am a big sports fan plus a huge competitor that loves to win at whatever I do! Teaching has been my lifelong dream. It is so fulfilling to see my students grow, mature, and grasp knowledge throughout the year.

Talina Tankersley

My name is Talina Tankersley. I received an associate degree in early childhood, bachelor's in professional studies toward early childhood, and Master of Arts in teaching from Arkansas Tech University. I started teaching at Oakland Heights Elementary in 2012 as a fourth-grade teacher.  I have taught both third and fourth grades. I feel very privileged to be able to teach in a school where I attended when I was in elementary school. I strive to make sure that all of my students feel loved and supported. My Oakland family will always have a special place in my heart. 

Ashlee Watson

My name is Ashlee Watson. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2018. I began my teaching career in 2019. I am a big fan of the outdoors and love spending time with my family exploring and hiking. Teaching is my passion, and I am constantly striving to become a better teacher for my students