UACCB welcomes new faculty and staff

BATESVILLE – The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville announces changes in Faculty and Staff positions.  

Mrs. Polly Wood recently joined the advising center as title III strengthening institutions grant coordinator/advising specialist.  Ms. Wood has over fifteen years' experience as an instructor and advisor working with students in the first year studies program at ASU Jonesboro. During that time she also taught first year experience courses, assisted with new student orientations, and advised at least 100 students per semester.

She recently moved to Charlotte after getting married to her high school sweetheart, Brian, on May 31. They live out in the country with plenty of animals, mostly dogs, cats and cows. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in education from Arkansas State University. "I grew up in Strawberry, so I feel as if I have completed my full circle," said Ms. Wood. "I am very excited to be at UACCB and I look forward to a wonderful experience here."
Mr. Larry Brown is no stranger to the Batesville area.  He began his career in chemistry at Arkansas Eastman (now FutureFuel) in 1979. He retired in 2006. Mr. Brown has taught adjunct at UACCB for the past 7 years, but, is now full-time teaching Beginning, Intermediate, and College Algebra, in addition to Concepts of Chemistry.  He has been instrumental in redesigning a modular based teaching method for intermediate algebra called Hawkes Learning Systems.  It is a self-paced online teaching method where the student progresses at their own pace.

Mr. Brown has a passion for Ping Pong and is looking forward to sharing it with the students, faculty, and staff at UACCB.  He hopes to form an intramural program for Ping Pong.

Ms. Bethany Wallace grew up in Newark and received her bachelor's degree from Lyon College.  She taught high school English for one year and discovered she had no passion for it.  She worked in the corporate world for several years including student career development. She joined the advising center at UACCB in 2012 and began the pursuit of her master's degree in English from Arkansas Tech University.  She says her favorite author is John Steinbeck and East of Eden her favorite of his books.  Bethany is looking forward to teaching English Composition I and II and oral communication full-time at UACCB.

Ashley Insell has joined UACCB as the Medical Professions Education Program Director. She began her career after graduating from ASU Jonesboro with a BSN degree in 2002. She then worked at St. Bernard’s in Jonesboro for three and one half years as a registered nurse on the Cardiac Step-Down Unit. Her most recent employment was with White River Medical Center for eight and one half years where she was a care coordinator and before that, a registered nurse on the progressive care unit. While at White River Medical Center, she obtained certification to enhance her knowledge in giving care to patients on the progressive care unit when she became a progressive care certified nurse (PCCN). The main focus of much of her nursing career has been cardiovascular disease-centered.
She lives in Batesville with her husband of 12 years and three children, twin boys and a girl. She LOVES to sing! Something else she enjoys doing is playing volleyball in the city league. She is looking forward to settling in here and is excited to be part of the UACCB family.