MEET THE THIRD-GRADE TEACHERS

rhonda

I am Rhonda Duvall. I am a graduate of Arkansas Tech University. I have been teaching at Oakland Heights since 2015.   I have taught both third and fourth grades.  I was a Therapeutic Foster Parent for 10 years. I love kids and I love that I get to work with them everyday. 

ben

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.

Photo of Kara Wilson

My name is Kara Wilson. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in May of 2011. I received my English as a Second Language (ESL) certification through Arkansas Tech University and my Master of Science degree in education through UCA. I began teaching at Oakland Heights in August of 2011.  I have taught both third and fourth grades. I love getting to spend two whole years with my students! I have also taught dance to third-grade girls in our after school program since October of 2013.