Aline-Cleo Public School welcomed seven new staff members to the school this year.
The new hires included Braylyn Graybill, Bob Dobrinski, Grant Stanley, Cindy Hurst, Riley Rieger, Kirsten Harrison and Danielle Hubble
Braylyn Graybill will be teaching fifth grade.
She is originally from Alva and graduated from Alva High School. Graybill then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
When asked what led her to Aline-Cleo, Graybill said, “I am moving closer to home and wanted the small town feel.”
Graybill will be living in Fairview and she is the granddaughter of Terry Ratzlaff and the late Debbie Ratzlaff.
Her favorite part of teaching is sharing her passion for learning with her students and watching their faces when they learn a new concept.
Graybill’s hobbies are making shirts, sewing, Cricut crafts and spending time with family.
Bob Dobrinski is a principal and counselor.
Dobrinski is originally from Arnett, but graduated from Okeene High School. He then obtained his degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
When asked what led him to Aline-Cleo, Dobrinski said, “The opportunity to meet new challenges and to be closer to family.“
Dobrinski has two children Jaydelyn, 10, and Kaizlyn, 9.
His favorite part of teaching is the opportunity to inspire the future.
“I feel that student involvement in school activities is vital for the success of a school. Hopefully I will be able to be involved with all the extra-curricular activities at Aline-Cleo Schools,” Bob said.
His hobby is woodworking.
Grant Stanley will be teaching physical education and coaching the basketball programs of all ages.
He is originally from Elgin, but graduated from Fletcher Public Schools. Stanley then attended Cameron University to obtain his degree.
When asked what led him to Aline-Cleo, Stanley said, “This school seems like a perfect fit for me and my career. I graduated high school from a small school, so I am very familiar with the environment. Also, the administration and people I have met so far have been extremely nice and helpful.”
Stanley is the son of Darrell and Lydia Stanley. He has two sisters, Jordyn, who is older, and Haley, who is younger. He also has one younger brother, Hunter.
Grant’s favorite part of teaching is being able to help kids learn new things and being a positive role model for them. He also looks forward to helping students love the game, but also branch out into all other kinds of activities to help them be as active in the community as they can.
His hobbies are hiking, exercising, video games and playing golf.
Cindy Hurst will be teaching kindergarten.
She is a originally from the Aline-Cleo area, where she also graduated high school. Hurst then went to Oklahoma State University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education and then to Northwestern Oklahoma State University for a master’s degree in reading specialist.
When asked what led her to Aline-Cleo, Hurst said, “My love of teaching children and our school atmosphere.”
Hurst is married to Terry and they have three grown children, Travis, Chad and Mindy, and five grandchildren.
Cindy’s favorite part of teaching is seeing how children think.
“They have such amazing ideas and perspectives. I love seeing the growth and change in students over the year. Everyday is a new and different day,” Cindy said.
Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling with her husband and gardening.
Riley Rieger will be teaching sixth grade.
Rieger is originally from Alva, where she graduated high school. She then obtained her degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
When asked what led her to Aline-Cleo, Rieger said, “I was looking for another job closer to my new home and the opportunity at Aline came up. I couldn’t say no. The staff was welcoming and I already felt like part of the family.”
Rieger is the daughter of Renae Green. She has two brothers. Rieger is married to Tanner and is the daughter-in-law of Brad and Robbie Rieger.
Her favorite part of teaching is making a positive impact in the students’ lives.
Riley’s hobbies are cooking, spending time with her puppy Spur and being with friends and family.
Kirsten Harrison will be teaching the third grade.
She is originally from Monticello, Ark., but graduated from Alva High School. She then obtained her degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
When asked what led her to Aline-Cleo, Harrison said, “I have always wanted to teach third grade, so I was very excited when I was given the opportunity and couldn’t pass it up. Also, my mentor teacher during my student teaching semester has previously taught here and she absolutely loved it, so I knew this would be a great place to start my career.”
Harrison lives in Alva with her boyfriend, Andres, and they are expecting a baby boy at the end of September. She is the daughter of Benji, who lives in Arkansas, and Ginger, who lives in Alva. She has one brother, Hunter.
Her favorite part of teaching is building relationships with her students and creating a fun and exciting learning environment.
Harrison enjoys shopping and taking road trips.
Danielle Hubble will be teaching special education.
She is from Fairview and graduated there as well. She then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and obtained a degree in psychology. Hubble then earned two masters from the University of Central Oklahoma in public administration and special education.
When asked what led her to Aline-Cleo, Hubble said, “Family reasons, smaller class size and more engagement. Along with Mrs. Ewald being a huge influence in my education and get the opportunity to work with her.”
Hubble is the daughter of Tammy and the late Wayne Hubble.
Danielle’s favorite part of teaching is being able to push the students to succeed and watch them see what they can accomplish.
Her hobbies are sports, outdoors and being around rodeo life.