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Meet the First-Grade Teachers


My name is Anne Goemmer. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2003, and received my master's degree in elementary education in 2007. I have been teaching at Oakland since 2004. I taught first grade for five years before I began teaching first and second grades in a looping cycle, which means that I have the privilege of teaching the same students for two years.

Antonia OrellanaMy name is Antonia Orellana. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1995. In 1996, I received my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in Spanish (BCLAD) in the following areas from California State University, Sacramento: Early Child Ed, grades P-4, MIDCH/LANARTS/SS, grades 4-8, MIDCH/SC/MATH grades 4-8, ESL, grades P-8 and ESL, grades 7-12. I taught in Los Angeles for nine years. I moved to Russellville in 2005 and began teaching at Oakland Heights. Teaching is my passion! It is such an honor and privilege for me to be a part in the education of children. Every year that I teach is a new and beautiful experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
My name is Heather Soell. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2017 with my bachelor's degree in early childhood education. I taught fourth grade at Shirley Elementary from 2017-2019. I began teaching at Oakland in 2019.  I am honored to have the privilege to teach first grade. Teaching is a lifelong dream of mine. I am looking forward to working with the bright, young minds of the next generation.
Jennifer StatenMy name is Jennifer Staten. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2015 with my master’s degree in early childhood education. I have been teaching at Oakland since 2015, and it is a privilege to call Oakland my home. I want to help my students learn and reach their full potential!