HEAD OF SCHOOL
Mr. Kim Chrestman
Mr. Kim Chrestman, former Superintendent of Water Valley School District, has been an educator in North Mississippi County School Districts for over 30 years. Mr. Chrestman has spent his career working to deliver best practices within the classroom, building schools to reach their fullest potential and ensuring a school’s curriculum is preparing students for the 21st century. He is excited to bring his vision and experience to OUS and believes that an OUS education – with its low student to faculty ratio, a diverse student body, where every child is the central focus and engaged in their learning – is very special and unique.
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
Mrs. Elizabeth Ritter
Mrs. Ritter moved to Oxford in December of 2015. She took on the role of Director of Admissions in August of 2016. Her children, Paige and Henry, attend OUS. She volunteers with several local nonprofits, namely Holding Hands and Team 36. She enjoys working with the great group of highly qualified teachers we have at OUS.
Señor Edgar is from Mexico City, Mexico. He has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. Senor Edgar has a B.A in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Modern Languages from Ole Miss. He also teaches Spanish at The University of Mississippi.
UPPER SCHOOL TEACHERS
Kathy Beasley- 5th-8th grade
Kathy Beasley has one daughter, Alyssa Beasley. He grew up in Calhoun County, but now calls Taylor home. Her high school years were spent in Vardaman, MS. She graduated in 1974 and continued her education at the University of Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. She taught in Calhoun County Schools for 32 years and retired in 2010. From 2010-2015 she taught at Calhoun Academy. She attends Oxford First Baptist church.”
Cindy Summerlin- 4th Grade
Cindy Summerlin is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and is certified EC-4 and Special Ed K-12. This is her third year at OUS, and she is excited to be part of such a special school. She loves the natural curiosity the children have and look forward to watching them grow and learn each day. She and her husband, Guy, have two children, Wes and Grace. She loves traveling and sporting events.”
Pam Taylor- 3rd Grade
Pam Taylor lives in Water Valley, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi. She has taught in public school for ten years and private school for seven. She and her husband Bill have three daughters, Mary Cloud, 23, Sally Kate, 20, and Coley, 18. Pam enjoys tennis, walking and Ole Miss Football.
Shelley Browning- 2nd Grade
Ms. Browning has lived in Oxford all of her life. She has been teaching for 28 years. She has one son and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to cook and bake.
Karen McDougal- Ist Grade
KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL TEACHERS
Angela Butler- Kindergarten
Mrs. Bekah Wymer- 4K
Rebekah Wymer is a 4K teacher at OUS. She is an Ole Miss graduate and have lived in Oxford for ten years, and although she is from Tennessee, she considers herself a local. She has a lovely husband Matt, who is an amazing friend and father. She has two boys, Abe and Oliver. She loves to fish, hike, camp and swim on the weekends with her family. Encouragement and exploration are the two E’s she uses in her classroom.
Mrs. Gin Gin Carlton- 4K
Mrs. Cindy Bynum
Mrs. Bynum is originally from Dayton, Ohio where she met her husband and moved to Mississippi with him in 2012. They are raising their two charming children, Megan & Gavin, who are also students at OUS. When she’s not teaching she enjoys refinishing and repurposing furniture. She also spends time swimming, bicycling, and hiking with her family.
Mrs. Alice Porter- 3K
Mrs. Misty Parmer- K Assistant
Misty was born in Memphis, TN. She moved to Oxford when she was 3 and graduated from Lafayette High School in 2005. She is the mother to Anna and Leah. She married her husband Jake Parmer in October of 2015. Her family enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with family in Iowa. She loves working at OUS and watching the little ones grow and learn throughout the year.
Mrs. Santerrica Dunn- 4K Assistant
Santerrica is the teaching assistant for Mrs. Gin-Gin Carlton. She was born in New Albany, Mississippi and raised in Oxford Mississippi. She has lived in Oxford all of her life. She and her husband recently had their first child, Rylan. She graduated from Oxford High School in 2011. Mrs. Dunn worked at First Baptist Church for 3 years. She feels very fortunate to be a part of the OUS family.
Mrs. Jerica Crawford- 3K Assistant
Mrs. Nicole Jackson- 3K Assistant