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Meet the Fourth-Grade Teachers


My name is Susan Berry. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University. I have been teaching at Oakland Heights since 1999. I taught third-grade most of those years and have recently started a looping cycle with my team to teach fourth-grade as well. In 2006, I received my National Board Certification. Teaching is my passion and I absolutely love what I do!

My name is Michael Jones. I graduated from College of the Ozarks, (The one near Branson, MO.). I also attended Harding University in Searcy, AR. I have spent my entire teaching career in the Russellville School District at Oakland Heights Elementary. Most of my years at Oakland Heights have been spent teaching third-grade. Currently, I teach third and fourth grades in a looping cycle. I have an insatiable desire for learning. I often spend much of my free time studying things that I find new, interesting, and challenging.

My name is Laura Beth Tripp. I am a 2014 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, and am extremely excited to be teaching at Oakland Heights Elementary! I am a looping teacher for third and fourth grades. This means that I teach the same students for two years, starting in third grade. My husband, Mark, and I are both graduates of Russellville High School, and our children attend Russellville schools. I am passionate about our community, and consider it a blessing to work with children and families from our area.

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 as a third-grade teacher. I am currently a looping teacher, so I get to have my same students in 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.