Sarah Butcher // Digital Design and Photography

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Sarah Butcher // Digital Design and Photography

sbutcher@bentonvillek12.org

Sarah Butcher grew up in Minnesota and joined the United States Air Force after graduating high school. She was a photographer for 8 years with the military to include 4 years at the White House Communications Agency. While serving in the Air Force she received her Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and her Master degree in Education. After her time in the Air Force, she volunteered with a government contract company to go to Iraq for 12 months creating graphics for high-level officials. While there she met her husband, Donald, an officer in the Air Force. Sarah and Donald have been married for almost 10 years and have a 6-year-old little girl. After being a stay at home mom raising their daughter, Sarah went back to teach Art in Colorado and realized her passion for teaching.  Sarah and her family spend their time mountain biking, traveling and being outdoors.  

 Wendy Broughton // Health Sciences

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Wendy Broughton // Health Sciences

wbroughton@bentonvillek12.org

As a former graduate of Bentonville High School, Wendy appreciates the progressive and top notch school district that we live in. She has held several positions in the district. Wendy earned her Bachelors of Nursing degree and Nurse Practitioner license from UAMS in Little Rock. She then went on to obtain her Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma.

 Kimberly Burgess // Education Innovation

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Kimberly Burgess // Education Innovation

kburgess@bentonvillek12.org

Kimberly Burgess graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1991 and started her education career that same year. Her passion for people and joy of teaching and learning has grown as a result of working in a variety of roles and settings. Her experience  includes Special Education, General Education, and English as a Second Language from early pre-K Intervention through adults. She is a Master’s level, National Board Certified teacher.  She joined Bentonville Schools 18 years ago and resides in Bella Vista with her husband and three kids. She is thrilled to be part of a program that seeks and shapes future innovative educators that embrace all students.

 Phil Dreshfield // Culinary Arts

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Phil Dreshfield // Culinary Arts

pdreshfield@nwacc.edu

Phil Dreshfield is a chef instructor with an expertise in artisan breads and entrepreneurship. After receiving an MBA in Marketing from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, his professional career was launched by accepting a position as a market development manager with Vie de France, a company that was paramount in introducing the bakery/café concept to the American mainstream. Over the next three decades, that path would take him from the chef/owner of a popular restaurant in the Washington DC suburbs to an extensive and diverse career in the food industry that included experience in restaurant management, food sales and marketing as well as food research. He has owned and operated artisan bakeries in Kansas City and in Springfield, Missouri. For the last 12 years, Phil has been teaching culinary arts and hospitality management at the post-secondary level in Missouri and has been the ProStart Coordinator, working with the Missouri Department of Education and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to redefine hospitality education for high school students across that state.

  Anthony Byrnes // Video Production

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Anthony Byrnes // Video Production

abyrnes@bentonvillek12.org

Anthony Byrnes graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and began his career in video production in 2010. He has worked for major brands such as apartments.com and Costar. In 2014 He started his own small production company and gained real world experience on the amount of drive it takes to be successful in the film industry. Anthony has always had a passion for giving back to young film makers and creatives and hopes to be a positive and influential mentor. New to Northwest Arkansas, Anthony currently lives in Bentonville with his wife, Stephanie and four girls: Sophia, Ainsley, Magnolia and Winnie. 

 Jessica Imel // Global Business

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Jessica Imel // Global Business

jimel@bentonvillek12.org

Jessica Imel, the Instructor for Ignite Global Business, is passionate about creating a quality, relevant learning experiences for students. Jessica is a graduate of the Walton MBA program at the University of Arkansas with over 10 years of experience in various roles in Corporate Finance and Strategy and has been an educator with Bentonville Schools since 2012. She utilizes her experience to create a unique and supportive learning environment for students interested in pursuing careers in business. 
 John Mark Russell // Technology

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John Mark Russell // Technology

jrussell@bentonvillek12.org

John Mark Russell comes to Ignite Technology with over 25 years of professional experience in a variety of roles in Fortune 500 companies including Texaco, Enron, AT&T, Sprint, EDS, and Walmart.  John Mark has discovered a new career which brings his passion for Technology to Bentonville’s Ignite students.  The Technology instructor role allows him to leverage his professional experience to create an authentic learning environment for students interested in pursuing careers in every area of Technology. 

 Chris Weeks // Construction Management

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Chris Weeks // Construction Management

cweeks@bentonvillek12.org

Chris’ first teaching experience was as a Construction Technology instructor at a vocational school in Lebanon Missouri. He left teaching to accept a position as a Youth Pastor in Nebraska, but eventually returned to teaching while there. A licensed contractor for more than 25 years, Chris has worked in many states doing both commercial and residential building. He has built custom homes in the Bentonville area for 12 years.