Education

16 apply to lead Arkadelphia Schools

With no set deadline to apply except that the job will be posted until the position is filled, a total of 16 candidates have applied to be the next superintendent of Arkadelphia Public Schools.

The Arkadelphian gathered these names on Tuesday, April 5. Their names and a brief summary of their work experience are as follows:

Suzette Anderson

The Jefferson County resident was assistant superintendent of the Pine Bluff School District from 2012-2015. Anderson is now retired.

J. Lance Arbuckle

A resident of Rogers, Arbuckle is principal at Rogers New Technology High School, a position he has held since 2013. Arbuckle has held administration roles for 20 years, and has a total of 25 years in education.

William Jason Arrington

The Stephens resident is currently principal at Nevada High School in Rosston, a position he has held since 2019. Arrington has 13 years of experience in administration, and has worked in the education field for 18 years.

Jennifer Barbaree

Barbaree is the assistant state superintendent at the DESE office of coordinated support and services, a position she has held since 2019. The Benton resident has been an educator 18 years, 13 of which have been in administrative roles.

Bruce Bryant

Bryant, from Beebe, is currently the superintendent at Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, a position he has held since 2020. Bryant has been in administration since 2007, and has additionally held roles as college professor at Harding University.

Marvin Burton

The Pulaski County resident is currently the principal at Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School. He has worked at the administration level for 23 years and has 33 years in the education field.

Rick Gales

A resident of Arkansas County, Gales has been superintendent at Stuttgart Public Schools since 2017. He started his education career in 2000 and has worked in administration roles for 19 years. 

Gabriel D. Jackson

Jackson, of Benton, is currently a 12th grade English instructor at Pine Bluff High School, a position held since 2021. Jackson has been assistant principal at schools in Little Rock and Pine Bluff, and has been an educator for 16 years.

Lloyd Jackson

Jackson has been the assistant superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools since 2019. The Missouri resident has 19 years of experience in education, with 14 of those years in administration.

Lisa Kissire

The director of curriculum and instruction at Ouachita High School in Donaldson, the Hot Springs resident has 16 years of experience in administration and a total of 25 years in teaching.

Robert Keith McDaniel

McDaniel, of Jonesboro, is the superintendent at Brookland Public Schools in northeastern Arkansas, a position he has held since 2014. McDaniel began teaching in 1997 and has 22 years of experience in administration.

Carla Narlesky

The Hempstead County resident is currently employed at Hope High School, where she is the school improvement specialist and director of curriculum. Narlesky has held administrative positions since 2004 and has a total of 25 years experience in teaching.

Michael D. Odom

Hailing from Texarkana is the director of Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief in Southwest Arkansas. Odom has held administration roles in districts throughout southwestern Arkansas since 2013, having been an educator for 13 years.

Jeff Spaletta

Spalleta, who lives in Las Cruces, N.M., is the human resources coordinator at Las Cruces Public Schools since 2021. Spaletta has 20 years of experience as an educator, with 13 of those being in administration.

Tiffany Thrash

From Philpot, Ky., Thrash is the executive director of the Green River Area Down Syndrome Association in Owensboro, a position she has held since 2017. Prior to that she was supervising teacher at the Berryville-based Learning Center of North Arkansas from 2011-2015.

Steven Watkins

Currently the superintendent of Decatur School District, a position held since 2018, the Bentonville resident has been in administration roles for 21 years.

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