Michelle Jones

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Dean of Elementary Education

Bachelor of Behavioral Science at Hardin-Simmons University,

Master of Education at Angelo State University

Free time: building fence around our land with my family, sleeping, eating, shopping, and just spending time with my family

Why I chose education: It's my calling

About me: I like things organized in my life, but I have really relaxed in that area in the last 10 years.

Favorite Gift Card: Dillard's or Amazon

Lauri Pond

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Dean of Academic Affairs 
 
Education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech University, Masters in Administration from Lubbock Christian University. 
 
Free time: Spending time with family, traveling, watching cooking shows
 
Why I chose Education: Since I was in 7th grade, I knew working in education was my passion.
 
About me: When we travel I collect Christmas ornaments to remember each place we visit. My very first ornament was from Disney World, where I got engaged in front of Cinderella's Castle. 
 
Favorite Gift Card: Target, Old Navy, Amazon

Billie Bates

Elementary Secretary

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Office phone: 325-576-3191

Favorite gift card: Walmart

Larissa Hastings

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Teaching: Early Childhood, ages 3-6

Education: Hamlin ISD, Texas Tech University

Free time: Spending time with my family and friends

Why I chose education: I had so many teachers in my life that have inspired me to become a teacher.
One of the greatest opportunities was being able to come home and student teach with teachers that once taught me.

About me: I'm a people person who loves spending time with my family and friends!

Favorite Gift Card: Amazon or Hobby Lobby

Kristi Byerly

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Teaching: Early Childhood, ages 3-6

Education: Tarleton State University

Free time: Reading, Fishing, & Spending time with my family

Why I chose education: I love kids!

About me: I love God, my family, and my students. My Montessori training has taught me new and innovative ways to unlock each student's potential for maximizing learning success.

Favorite Gift Card: Amazon or Dillard’s

Kelly Buske

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Teaching: Early Childhood, ages 3-6

Education: Hamlin ISD, Wayland Baptist University BAS in Early Childhood Development
 
Free Time: I spend my free time with my family
 
I chose education because:  I have a deep love for learning and want to pass that love on to children.  I love seeing a student discover their passion and having that "ah ha" moment when they read their first word.
 
About me: I am a mom to a wonderful son, Brody who is my world.  I love the Lord, my family, teaching and I love big.  
 
Favorite Gift cards: Amazon and Michael's 
 
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Magan Warren

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Teaching: Early Childhood, ages 3-6

Education: Texas Tech University

Free time: With my family

Why I chose education: I love helping mold young minds

About me: I try to help out whenever I can.

Favorite Gift Card: Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target

Amber Eason

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Teaching: Lower Elementary, 1st-3rd grade

Education: South Plains College and Texas Tech University

Free time: Playing with my niece and nephew or hanging out with my friends and family.

Why I chose education: I love kids, and I want to make a difference in someone’s life like my teachers did for me.

You may not know: I am patient and hardworking.
I can’t wait to meet my students and have a great year!

Favorite Gift Card: Target, Hobby Lobby, Walmart

LaTrisha Payne

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Teaching: Lower Elementary, 1st-3rd

Education: Lubbock Christian University

Free time: Spending time with my husband and daughters

Why I chose education: I love seeing the "ah-hah" moments that my students get when they learn something new!

About me: I love to have fun and laugh!

Favorite Gift Card: Walmart

Amber Moore

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Teaching: Lower Elementary, 1st-3rd grade 

Education: Hardin-Simmons University & South Plains College

Free time: With my family, traveling and watching sports

Why I chose Education: I love being able to make a difference in a child's life

About me: I like Disney, college football and softball

Favorite gift card: Amazon, Target, or Walmart

Laci Martin

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Teaching: Lower Elementary, 1st-3rd grade

College: Cisco and Western Texas College

Free time: I spend time with my family and friends. Most of my free time is spent doing college work to become a teacher

Why I chose education: I had some amazing teachers that left such a huge impact on my life and I want to do the same. I love children and love seeing their faces light up every morning when they see you or when they realize that they can do something they thought they could not do.

About Me: My family is my life. I have a husband (Billy) and three kids(Tyler, Cutter, and Kelsi). Tyler graduated from Hamlin in 2019, Cutter in 2021, and Kelsi is a junior at Hamlin. I love what I do and I am very passionate about it.

Favorite Gift Card: Amazon

Tiphanie Pruitt

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Teaching: Upper Elementary, 4th-6th

Education: Abilene Christian University, Houston Montessori Center

Free time: Hanging out with my family, crafting, and relaxing

Why I chose education: Working with foster kids and kids from hard places the past five years, I saw how smart they are but how much they struggle at school. I want to be able to help them and every child I meet enjoy learning and strive to do their best.

About me: I am a mom to two kids but treat everyone like family. I care and love many and will fight for what’s right.

Favorite Gift Card: Hobby Lobby, Target, Academy

Valuree Hood

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Teaching: Upper Elementary, 4th-6th

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Katy Sepeda

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Teaching: 6th grade

College: Texas Tech University

Free time: Chasing my kids around to all of their activities, painting, and decorating!

Why I chose education: I love kids, and the relationships that I build with them!

About me: I love big, I am passionate about my job, I love the Lord, I am an avid sports fan, and I love my family!

Favorite Gift Card: TJ Maxx

Cara Thomasson

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Teaching: 6th grade

College: Abilene Christian University

Free time: I spend my free time sewing, researching, playing with grandchildren and enjoying my family

Why I chose education: I love the aha moments, the daily smiles, the interesting conversations, and the satisfaction of helping them grow to be the people they want to be.

About Me: I work hard to see the good in everything.

Favorite Gift Card: Amazon

Paula Rodgers

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Teaching: Special Education

College: Hardin-Simmons University

Free time: With my kids and grandkids

Why I chose education: God led me here

About Me: I am passionate about my job

Favorite Gift Card: Amazon

Casey Botos

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Teaching: Elementary PE Coach / Head Cross Country/Girls Basketball

College: Wayland Baptist University

Free time: Watching a series, time with family, traveling, and working on puzzles

Why I chose Education: I feel it's my calling, a gift from God and I had excellent role models going through school.

About Me: When I stomp my boot on the sideline, I mean business.

Favorite Gift Card: Amazon

Paula Higgins

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School Nurse

Education: Hendrick Vocational School of Nursing

Free time: planting flowers, gardening, sewing, raising Yorkies & flying to visit my grandchildren

I chose Nursing because I care about people and want to help with their health needs.

About Me: I Bleed Green!

Favorite Gift Card: Visa card

Stephanie Bordenave

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Montessori Coach

Education: Franciscan University of Steubenville

Free time: Cooking for my family and spend quality time with friends. My husband and I like to try new recipes or recreate dishes we have tried at a restaurant.

Why I Chose Education: I love children. I love to see their growth and development. Especially after learning about educating to a child’s stage of development, it is amazing what the child eventually will teach you.

About me: I am faithful, loyal and don't easily give up. I am passionate about my faith and nurturing the gifts God gave me. I find joy in almost every situation and am a true artist at heart. I love an adventure and don't shy away from a challenge.

Favorite gift card: Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx

Tracy Dunham

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Assistant Teacher

Free time: Yard work, planting flowers, spending time with grandbabies

Why I chose education:
I love children and won’t the best for them.

About Me: I love Jesus, family, friends and my Pipers! 💚

Favorite Gift Card: Visa card

Barbara Brown

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Assistant Teacher

College: Abilene Christian University

Free time: Church events or going to sporting events

Why I chose education: Love working with children

About me: I love supporting Hamlin Pipers!

Favorite gift card: Amazon or Dilliard's

Tamara Littlefield

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Assistant Teacher

Favorite gift card: Target or Amazon

Amy Young

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Assistant Teacher

Free time: I love spending time with my family & I love to cook (mostly sweets)! 

Why I chose education: I love being involved when a child is learning something new. It’s fun to see the boost in their self-confidence when they figure something out. 

About me: I love the Lord and my family very much. My husband and I have 4 amazing kids; and I love Dr. Pepper and every kind of candy you can think of!

Favorite gift card: Target, Hobby Lobby, Amazon

Dannes S. Harris

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Assistant Teacher

Education: Rule ISD

Free time: Taking care of my loved ones

Why I chose education: Learning something new is very important for any and all ages. I would like to continue learning new things and doing my best to teach and help others with whatever they need to be successful in life.

About me: I am caring. I am not perfect. I always try to do my best at everything I do.

Favorite gift card: Walmart and Amazon

Lori Whitaker

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Assistant Teacher

Free time: I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading and crafts. I love to make Holiday wreaths.

Why I chose education: Because I love children. I also hope to make a difference in someone's life. I had some amazing teacher's that really made a difference in my life growing up.

About me: I just moved here from New Mexico. I have drove a school bus for 13 years. I was a special needs driver for the past 3 years. I would say the last 3 years have been the most rewarding.

Favorite gift card: Amazon and Walmart