New employees at the DeSoto Center in Southaven include Pedres Finley, Sturgis Monteith, Mark Montgomery, Tonyalle Rush and Alane Tentoni.
Pedres Finley is joining the staff full-time to teach Computer Information Systems. He graduated from Northwest with an associate degree in Computer Information Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Finley worked as an adjunct instructor at Northwest before becoming a full-time instructor. He also worked as a customer service representative at Wilson Air Center and a lab assistant at the University of Mississippi where he assisted in setting up networking in computer labs.
Sturgis Monteith returns to Northwest as an English instructor after two years of retirement. Prior to his retirement he taught at Northwest for 25 years. He currently works as an adjunct English instructor at the University of Mississippi-DeSoto where he has been working for 29 years.
Monteith graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in English.
Another new face at Northwest this fall will be Science instructor Mark Montgomery. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Education.
Before coming to Northwest, Montgomery taught science at DeSoto Central High School in Southaven.
Tonyalle Rush will act as a full-time counselor at the DeSoto Center. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University.
Rush previously worked as a counselor and intake counselor in Student Support Services ay Mississippi State University where she provided academic, career, personal and financial counseling. She also served as testing coordinator for Disability Support Services at Mississippi State University.
Alane Tentoni is joining the staff full-time as a Mathematics instructor. She graduated from Itawamba Community College with an associate degree in Pre-Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Mississippi State University.
Tentoni worked as a Math instructor at Itawamba Community College before coming to Northwest. She also worked as a Math instructor at DeSoto Central High School in Southaven and Amory Middle School in Amory. She served as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State University.
The two new employees at the Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford include Dr. Timothy Flake and Patti Williams.
Dr. Timothy Flake will serve as Speech instructor. He has a Bachelor of Art degree in Cultural Anthropology, and a Master of Art degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara, Cali. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi.
Flake’s teaching background consists of being a Speech instructor at the University of Mississippi and Southwest Tennessee Community College, and an English instructor at Itawamba Community College, the University of Mississippi, Rust College in Holly Springs and Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. He served as an adjunct English instructor at Northwest from 2002 to 2004.
Pattie Williams comes to Northwest full-time as a Practical Nursing instructor. She earned an associate degree in Nursing from Northwest, and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala.
Williams began her nursing career at the Pontotoc Community Hospital and Extended Care Facility, followed by a stint at the Community Hospital of Calhoun County in Pittsboro. She worked as an Assistant Nursing instructor at Northwest’s Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center for three years before returning to school. One year later she returned to Northwest to work full-time for 17 years. She has also worked at North Mississippi Medical Center and Pontotoc Nursing Home.
Glenda Honeycutt will teach Cosmetology on the Ashland campus. She attended Itawamba Community College and has worked as a Cosmetology instructor at Vaughn’s Beauty College in Aberdeen. She is the owner of Honeycutt Hair Salon in Aberdeen.
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