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.



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

Working in education since 2010
With OUS since 2011
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration , Master of Arts in Spanich and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
Endorsements: MAIS AA in Spanish and Soc. Bus. Subj.
Honors: 2015 Teacher of Excellence from The MFLA (Mississippi Foreign Language Association); 2015 Represented the State of MS as Best of MS at SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) in Charlotte, NC; 2014 Best of MS from The MFLA (Mississippi Foreign Language Association)

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.


Kathy Beasley- 5th-8th grade

Working in education since 1978
With OUS since 2015
BS in Education
4-8 endorsement in reading and music
Choral endorsement 7-12

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

Working in education since 1990
With OUS since 2017
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Endorsements: K-8 Elementary Education, Library-Media Specialist

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

Working in education since 1989
With OUS since 2016
Degree: Masters in Education
Endorsements: Reading and Educationally handicapped

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

Working in education since 1985
With OUS since 2015
Degree: B.S. in Education
Endorsements: Reading Specialization and Kindergarten endorsement
Mrs. McDougal is originally from Texas, but has lived here in Oxford for 3 years. She graduated from Texas Tech University. She has taught most of her career in the early primary grades – Kindergarten and First Grade. In her spare time, she likes cooking, gardening, and reading.


Angela Butler- Kindergarten

Working in education since 1993
With OUS since 2001
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education
Honors:Graduated College with Highest Honors, Teacher of the Year in 2000 at Como Middle School, Teacher of the Year at OUS in 2013
Ms. Angela is originally from Gautier, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been teaching for over twenty-two years and has taught over fifteen of those years at OUS. She loves kindergarteners and being part of the OUS family! In my spare time she likes to read and do anything crafty, mostly making cards and banners.”

Mrs. Bekah Wymer- 4K

Working in education since 2013
With OUS since 2014
Degree: Bachelor of Arts emphasis in printmaking/English Literature
Endorsements: Certified early childhood teacher through MAIS

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

Working in education since 2000
With OUS since 2001
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education in cirriculum and instruction K-8
Endorsements:K-8; AA endorsements for both MS state and independent school licenses
Honors: Graduated College with Highest Honors, Teacher of the Year in 2000 at Como Middle School, Teacher of the Year at OUS in 2013
Gin-Gin is from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but has lived in Oxford for 18 years. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Mississippi. This is her ninth year to teach Junior Kindergarten at Oxford University School. She also teaches music at OUS. She and her husband, Eric, have two children, Nia and Frederick. Singing and playing music are her favorite past times, both in and out of school.

Mrs. Cindy Bynum

Working in education since 2017
With OUS since 2017
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education graduated Summa Cum Laude (2015). Master of Arts in Education (2017). A Diploma in Residential Planning at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (2009).

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

Working in education since 2008
With OUS since January 2013
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2006)
Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2008)
Certified teaching license in Birth-Kindergarten from East Carolina University
Mrs. Porter is originally from Belmont, North Carolina. She and her husband met at UNC-Greensboro where they went to college. He is the baseball Athletic Trainer here at Ole Miss and they love raising a family here in Oxford, MS. They have 2 beautiful girls; Makenzie (4) and Camryn (almost 1). She enjoys teaching at Oxford University School because of the family environment and awesome co-workers.

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