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B.A Political Science - Delta State University M.A Teaching - the University of Memphis

Mrs. Candrace Carter

Welcome Team A 5th graders! My name is Candrace Carter.  I will be your fifth-grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. I am a native of Cleveland, Mississippi. I graduated from Delta State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. I am also a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Master of Arts in Teaching. In my spare time, I love to travel and spend time with family.    This will be my 23rd year teaching and my 11th year at  Highland Oaks Elementary School. I have always taught fourth and fifth grade. I’m hoping to make this the best year yet! I can’t wait to work with you!

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Mrs. Ossie Washington

My name is Ossie Washington. It is a pleasure to serve as a fifth-grade math teacher. I have been employed with the district for 17 years. This is my first year as a teacher at Highland Oaks Elementary. It’s going to be a fantastic year of learning and exploring. 

          I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Elementary Ed from Grand Cayon University. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, singing, sewing, and going to church.

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B.A Business - University of Memphis M.A Curriculum and Instruction - UT Martin

Mr. Mauricus Webb

I’m a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Business. I’m currently working on my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at UT Martin. I’m also a musician as well as the assistant coach for our school’s basketball team. Music, sports, and children are my passion, and perfection is ALWAYS my goal. I look forward to serving each of you and your scholars and helping each student make daily strides toward their ultimate goals! My only request is, never say “I can’t” before “I tried”!

 

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B.A Elementary Education - Michigan State University M.A Education Leadership - Wayne State University.

Mrs. Lakeisha Smith

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! My name is La’Keisha Smith and I am so excited to be your child’s 5th grade math teacher. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan. I have 23 years of experience in teaching, and this will be my 10th year teaching at Highland Oaks.  

I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I also have a Master’s of Art Degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling ,and walking. I look forward to meeting you and having a great school year. See you soon!

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Associate degree- Criminal Justice B.A. - Criminology MAT- Masters in Teaching

Ms. Barbara Howard

My name is Barbara Howard, I am from Blytheville, Arkansas. I just moved here in August 2023. I taught high school 9th graders and am now teaching ELA to 5th graders. I have 3 beautiful young ladies and 2 precious grandchildren; King, Sprinkle, and Maylaia Johnson. I love to hang out with my family. I sing in a gospel group, and I am a people person.