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Instructor Profiles:  Terry Turner | Erin Gordon | Tanya Hagler | Jack Osier

 Terry Turner, Instructor for Renewable Energy Technology at PCCUA, has had a lot of experience with agriculture in Southeast Arkansas.  This DeWitt native farmed for 19 years, and owned and operated Grand Prairie Seed Company for another 15 years.  These experiences gave him valuable knowledge about agronomy as well as how to run a business.  He is highly regarded in the community and knows just about everyone! 

In 2002, Terry was an adjunct instructor at PCCUA, and in fall 2007, he became a full time instructor for Advanced Manufacturing on the Stuttgart campus.  Terry was hired by PCCUA to be the lead instructor for the Center for Renewable Energy Technology Education in July of 2008.  He is passionate about renewable energy, as well as anything “green” that can help people save money and protect the environment. 

 
 

Terry, a UA College of Agriculture graduate, was a member of the 1990 class of the LeadAR program, served on the DeWitt School Board for 12 years, and was Chairman of the Southeast WIB Board.  Terry has also served as secretary of the Arkansas County Farm Bureau Board, was a former member of the DeWitt Jaycees, and has been very active with Arkansas County Extension.  He also participates in a jail ministry. In 1987, the Turners were named Arkansas County Farm Family of the Year. 

When Terry is not meeting with instructors to develop curriculum and labs for the RET program, he enjoys getting on the tractor to plant crops at PCCUA’s ADTEC Renewable Energy Demonstration Project.  His wife of 38 years is Carolyn Turner, Vice Chancellor of PCCUA DeWitt Campus, and their daughter, Jennifer has spent the last year in Costa Rica as a volunteer for World Teach.  The Turners also have a son, Chris, daughter-in-law, Suzanne, and grandbabies Emory and Whit who live in Dallas, Texas. 


Erin Gordon was born and raised, and still resides in Coahoma County, Mississippi. She received two Bachelors of Science from Delta State, the first in Criminal Justice and another in Chemistry.  She also did some post graduate work at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.  She graduated from Delta State with a Master of Science in Natural Science in 2007.

Erin enjoys spending time with her mini dachshunds, gardening, building things with power tools, and embroidery.  She is interested in environmental issues, and tries to reduce her carbon footprint whenever possible by recycling and planting trees.  She owns a flex-fuel Chevy Avalanche.  One thing you may not know about Erin is her relation to Conway Twitty as a second cousin. 

From 2000-2004, Erin worked at a goat farm, and was responsible for tasks such as office management and care of the animals.  Erin was hired by East Arkansas Community College in September 2008 as the Renewable Energy Instructor

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Tanya Hagler graduated in 1987 from Clay County Central High School in Rector.  She married her husband, Jimmy in the fall of 1988, and her only child, Matt, was born in Jan of 1990.  She graduated from ASU with a BS in Chemistry in 1991 and an MS in Chemistry in 1993.  Tanya began working at ASU Newport in July of 1993; her first task was setting up the very first chemistry lab facility.  She started teaching classes as an adjunct and was hired full time in 1994. 

Tanya’s husband, Jimmy, is the Fleet Manager/Assistant Warehouse Manager for Gateway Tire of Arkansas’s wholesale store at Trumann, AR.  Tanya is very proud of her son’s achievements.  She guided him through cub scouts and boy scouts, then rough stock rodeo.   Matt is now involved with team roping, and met his current wife at a high school rodeo.  They got married April of 2008 and Tanya’s granddaughter, Alyssa Lynn, was born in July of 2008.  Matt now attends ASU-Jonesboro and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Tanya has a great love for cats, and has four inside felines: Tootsie, Cessa, Peanut, and Bubba as well as multiple strays that are fed outside.  The Haglers have two horses, Rick and Dutch, and are keeping the kids’ puppies at their house for the time being. 

Tanya was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003, after being diagnosed with Systemic Lupus in 1996.  As she is fatigued much of the time, Tanya enjoys quiet activities such as reading, and being at home with her pets.  In May, Tanya will return to teaching Chemistry full time, and assist the new ASUN RET instructor, Jack Osier, with learning the renewable energy ropes.  The two will work closely together, and share lab space.  Tanya has learned a great deal with the RET instructor team this year.  

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Jack Osier, Instructor Profile Arkansas State University – Newport

Jack Osier is the new instructor for Renewable Energy Technology Associate of Applied Science in General Technology program at Arkansas State University – Newport.  His office will be at Arkansas State University in Newport.

 He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia.  He is currently enrolled in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  Jack’s research background is in toxicology with an emphasis on Microbiology and water quality.  Upon completion of his master’s degree, he plans to pursue his doctorate in the field of Environmental Microbiology with an emphasis on cellulitic ethanol production.

 Originally from Newport, Jack first attended Lyon College in Batesville and studied there for three years before transferring to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he was involved in herpetology.  His research there was centered on monitoring and tracking the migration patterns of indigenous snakes of the region.  He then relocated to West Virginia in 2000 and enrolled in the teaching program at Bluefield State University.  Upon graduation in 2004, Jack returned to Newport to teach AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Newport High School.  For the last two years, he has been the 8th grade Integrated Science teacher at Newport Junior High School, while also serving as an adjunct instructor in Microbiology at Arkansas State University – Newport.

 
     
 
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