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Meet the Third-Grade Teachers

Rhonda Duvall

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. 

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. 

Lauren PowersMy 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.

My name is Becki Quoss. I graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2001. I began my teaching career in 2006 and have taught third and fourth grades. I began teaching at Oakland Heights in 2019. In 2020, I earned my Master's degree in Gifted and Talented Education. I love helping students grow and mature so they can reach all their goals.

Kara WilsonMy name is Kara Wilson. I began teaching at Oakland Heights in 2011.  I have taught both third and fourth grades.  I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and my Masters of Science in Reading/Literacy Education at the University of Central Arkansas. I received my English as a Second Language certification through Arkansas Tech University. I have achieved National Board Certification for Reading/Language Arts. I also teach tap, jazz, and ballet to third grade girls in our after school STEPS dance program.