Lexington students returning to school this week found eight new teachers in classrooms across the district.
Those teachers are Lynae Gabeheart, elementary and intermediate; Marybeth Sieja and Megan Townsend, intermediate; Sean Guerra, Kallie McMahan, John H. (Jay) Sample and Mallory Speaks, junior high, and Kaitlyn Blough, high school.
Gabeheart is teaching music in kindergarten through fifth grade. She is a graduate of Medina (Ohio) High School and the University of Akron. Previous teaching experience includes Blanchard, Bridge Creek and Norman.
“I love the small town, family-like feel at Lexington,” she said. “I play the piano, violin, trombone and ukulele. I want to share my love and knowledge of music with my students. I hope to instill in them a lifelong appreciation for music, as well as the skills they need to become independent musicians.”
Gabeheart and her husband, Wiley, have three children – Shane, Molly and Natalie.
Sieja is teaching fifth grade. She is a graduate of Klein Oak High School in Houston and East Central University at Ada. She previously taught pre-K for eight years at Cottonwood Public School.
She is excited to teach a new grade.
She has two children, Brendan, 19, and Katelyn, 13.
Townsend is teaching middle school English. She is a graduate of El Reno High School and Ashford University. This is her first teaching assignment, though she previously worked as a paraprofessional at Norman North for three years. She is currently working on a master’s degree in special education.
“Lexington seemed like the perfect place,” she said.
She has two children – Ronin, 10, and Ezri, 7.
Guerra is teaching sixth grade English. He is a graduate of Washington High School and the University of Central Oklahoma.
“It’s been my dream to teach and coach,” he said. “This is a town I have been connected to for some time.”
McMahan is teaching sixth grade western hemisphere geography. The first-year teacher is a graduate of Pauls Valley High School and ECU.
She looks forward to the “opportunity to inspire young people as an educator and a coach just as mine did for me.”
Sample teaches seventh and eighth grade science and is also head coach for softball at the junior high school. He is a graduate of Noble High School and ECU.
“I wanted to make a difference and be a positive role model for the kids in my community,” he said.
Sample and his wife, Terri, have three children – Anna, Abby and Adam.
Speaks teaches junior high special education. A first-year teacher, she has worked in law enforcement since 2016. She graduated from Union Christian Academy at Fort Smith, Ark., and earned bachelor and master degree in criminal justice from Northeastern State University. She is presently working toward a master’s in special education at ECU and expects to graduate in 2023.
“I feel that special education chose me, not the other way around,” she said. “God opened this door and gave me a calling and heart for children with special needs ... and just want every kid to have the same opportunities no matter their abilities.”
Blough teaches special education at the high school. She is a graduate of Pauls Valley High School and Oklahoma State University. She previously taught special education at Noble High School.
“We live in Purcell so I was excited to be closer to home,” she said. “I’m excited to be back in a small town and look forward to getting to know Lexington.”
She and her husband, Shawn, have a daughter, Myla.