The Greenwood School District has announced administration positions for the 2021-2022 school year.
Kevin Hesslen named Deputy Superintendent effective July 1, 2021Mr. Kevin Hesslen will begin his new role as Deputy Superintendent on July 1, 2021.Mr. Hesslen has been employed as an educator for 31 years, and 27 of those years have been in Greenwood Schools. Mr. Hesslen began his career as a basketball coach and science teacher. He later became an Assistant Principal and Principal for Greenwood Jr. High and is most recently employed as Assistant Superintendent. Mr. Hesslen’s key responsibilities include director over 7-12 education, supervising facilities, transportation, and food service operations.Mr. Hesslen was a 1984 graduate of Greenwood High School. He attended Westark College where he played basketball, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas.Kevin and his wife Christy have three children. Hope and Hannah graduated from Greenwood and received Bachelor’s degrees from Pepperdine University. Their son Hunter graduated in 2020 from Greenwood and is currently attending Pepperdine University.
Dr. Cody Chatman promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education: Dr. Chatman currently serves as Principal of Greenwood High School. He is a graduate of Alma High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts, Masters, Specialists, and Doctoral Degrees in Education from Arkansas Tech University. His career as an educator began at Dardanelle Middle School, where he taught 7th-grade social studies. Dr. Chatman then served as Assistant Principal at Russellville Middle School before moving to Greenwood. At Greenwood, Dr. Chatman served as Assistant Principal and Principal of Greenwood Junior High and Principal of the Greenwood Freshman Center prior to becoming High School Principal. He is married to Becky Chatman, a Counselor at East Pointe Elementary School. They have a son, Holden, and are expecting a baby boy this fall.Dr. Chatman will serve grades 7-12 in curriculum, personnel, and daily operations. He will also work with student enrollment, district assessments, and compliance.
Aaron Gamble named Greenwood High School Principal for2021-22: Mr. Aaron Gamble was promoted to Principal of Greenwood High School for the 2021-22 school year. Mr. Gamble currently serves as Assistant Principal at GHS. After graduating from Greenwood High School in 1996, Mr. Gamble earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2006, both from Arkansas Tech University. His entire educational career has been in Greenwood Schools. During that time, he has taught Algebra I, AP Calculus, and PreCalculus. His other roles include football coach, bus driver, and administrator. During his time as an administrator, Mr. Gamble has served as Assistant Principal of Greenwood Junior High for a total of seven years and Principal of Greenwood Junior High for four years. He is married to Tara Williams Gamble, Greenwood Class of 1998. The couple have two children, daughter Dacie (GHS Class of 2020) and son Landry.
Amanda Maxwell promoted to Freshman Center Principal: Mrs. Amanda Maxwell will leave her role as Assistant Principal at Greenwood Jr High School to lead the Freshman Center at GHS for the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Maxwell has a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science from UAFS, as well as a MSE in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. She was raised in Van Buren, Arkansas, and started her teaching career there as well. After coming to Greenwood, Mrs. Maxwell taught 7th and 8th grade English. Mrs. Maxwell and her husband, Andrew, a math teacher at GJHS, have one son, Easton.
Chase Myers promoted to Assistant Principal at GHS: Mr. Chase Myers will assume the role of Assistant Principal at Greenwood High School for the 2021-22 school year. Mr. Myers has been known most recently as “Coach Myers” for the Greenwood Bulldog football team. He is from West Memphis and graduated as the class Valedictorian from Bismarck High School in 2001. Mr. Myers obtained a B.S. in Education from Henderson State University, and a M.S.E in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. He has been teaching and coaching for 15 years in Arkansas and Texas.Mr. Myers and his wife Shawna have been married for 14 years and have 4 children, Bella, who attends East Hills Middle School, Christian, Carter, and Jax who attend East Pointe Elementary School.
Brooke West hired as GJHS Assistant Principal: Brooke West has been hired as the Assistant Principal at Greenwood Junior High School effective July 1, 2021. Mrs. West is currently employed by Fort Smith Public Schools as Assistant Principal at Pike Elementary. She has also served as an Instructional Facilitator for 3 years and has classroom experience at Paris Elementary in Paris, AR.Mrs. West obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Henderson State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has an Ed.S degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. Brooke is married to Brad West and they have a daughter Blayne in 5th grade and a son Baron in 2nd grade.