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Language Arts Department Instructors


My name is Jeana West, and I am the Division Chair for the Language Arts Department. I teach English Composition 1113 and 1213 and Introduction to Literature 2413. Like many of you, I am a first generation college student. I graduated from Milburn, attended MSC for two years, and transferred to SOSU where I received my BA in English with minors in psychology and sociology and my MA in English Education.  My husband and I have two grown children. We live outside Milburn with our eclectic collection of livestock including cows, horses, donkeys, mini goats, 2 potbellied pigs, and a llama as well as a whole houseful of cats and dogs.  My hobbies include playing word games and reading.  Recently, I have been co-sponsoring international studies trips.

The language arts faculty want to help you become a competent, confident communicator in whatever goals you pursue. The curriculum is designed to develop your effective written communication skills allowing you to achieve success in your college experience and your future career.    Jwest

Christy Green

   I serve as the Student success Center director and teach transitional reading and writing courses within the Language Arts Department.   Prior to coming to Murray State College, I taught for ten years at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  I received my B.A. in  Business Communication from the University of Kansas and my M.S. in Adult and Extension Education from Texas A&M University.  I have also completed thirty graduate hours in Curriculum and Instructional Design at Kansas State University.

My primary educational interests are in the field of transitional education pedagogy and theory. Specifically, I am interested in ways to streamline the transitional education process and improve retention and graduation rates of transitional students.  I reside with my family in Milburn, Oklahoma. In my free time, I help my parents on their cattle ranch, practice beekeeping, and enjoy traveling to state and national parks throughout the country.

Aaron Beshears-ENG 1113/1213/0213/Brit Lit

Mr. Beshears lives in Durant, Oklahoma with his wife and son. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) in Durant with a B.A. in English Education. He then followed this degree up with an M.A. in English Literature from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Prior to teaching full-time at Murray State College (MSC), Mr. Beshears taught in the public school setting for 3 ½ years. While teaching in the public school setting, he also taught adjunct classes at SOSU and MSC. Currently, Mr. Beshears is working towards an Ed.D degree by way of Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Kristy Weiberg graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s in English and from there started her teaching career at Texas City High School.  She taught one year at TC High and then moved to Plainview, Texas with her husband. After the birth of their first son, Cole, Kristy and her husband, Brett, moved to Tonkawa, Oklahoma where she taught in the English Department at Northern Oklahoma College for twelve years.  While at NOC, Weiberg completed her Master’s degree in Adult Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Her husband’s coaching career carried them to Saint Joseph, Missouri and Kristy then worked in the English and Modern Language Department at Missouri Western State University for five years.  While at MWSU, Weiberg also taught multiple dance classes for the Music, Cinema, and Dance Department at Missouri Western. After their stint in Missouri, the Weibergs moved back to Oklahoma in 2018. Kristy is currently a full-time faculty member at Murray State College and she teaches composition classes on the Ardmore campus at the University Center for Southern Oklahoma.  Kristy, Brett and their three children Cole, Jayden and Cash currently live in Kingston, Oklahoma.

John Caldwell-ENG 1113/1213

Whitesboro, Texas

M.Ed. Southeastern Oklahoma State

B.A. Psychology, SOSU

Grad. study: Texas A&M, College Station; University of Arkansas, Fayeteville

Five children, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren

Honor grad., U.S. Army drill sergeant school, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, 1969

Born and raised in a plank house on a dirt road in Durant( indigenous pronunciation: Dyew'rant), Oklahoma

Adjunct Faculty


Courtney McQueen is a graduate of Florida International University with an B.A. in English Literature, in addition to an MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Courtney has published poems in Aji Magazine, Poilus, and The Northern Virginia Review. She is the Artistic Director and Co-Poetry Editor for South 85 Journal. Her photography has shown in Art Basel 2013 at Yo Space Gallery in Miami, FL; PRL Gallery in Hollywood, FL; and, Prophecy Ink Gallery in Louisville, KY. She enjoys documenting life through photography and writings. Other hobbies include birding, hiking, painting, architectural photography, and spending time with her cat, Agatha.

Tammy Edwards-ENG 1113/1213 Fort Towson

B.A. English Education, SOSU

M.Ed. Reading, SOSU

M.Ed. School Counseling, SOSU

Husband, Kelvin

Son, Jerren, Associate's degree, MSC; Bachelor's from Oklahoma State University 

Daughter-in-law, Heather, Bachelor's SOSU

Grand-daughters, Acelee, 7 years and Jayde, 2 years

Daughter, Jacey, MSC, Hillsdale College, Bachelor's from SOSU

Son-in-law, Cody Pitt, Army National Guard

Jennifer Lassahn-ENG 0114/0214

Charlotte Estep-ENG 1113/1213

 Heather Goggans-ENG 1113/1213

Ray Willingham retired after 29 years with the Department of Rehabilitation Service, as their Statewide Coordinator of Technology Services to individuals with disabilities.  Ray graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Education. It was there that he began his work with the field of Career Counseling before moving to Oklahoma to assume the Statewide Coordinator position. Since Retirement, Ray has been teaching ASL-1 classes in both, the Tishomingo and Ardmore (UCSO) facilities.


Chad Jarvis was born and raised in Hopewell, Virginia. He received his B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary where he focused on Medieval and Renaissance poetry. He served in the Army as an enlisted Military Intelligence soldier and also as a commissioned officer in the Quartermaster Corp. He has worked in private industry and for the Department of Defense as a civilian. Twenty years after graduating from William and Mary, he returned to school and earned an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English, with a specialization in Gothic Literature, from National University. He and his wife have four kids, three boys and one girl.

In his spare time, he’s either at a sporting event, a concert, or watching The Office on Netflix. He thinks Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is one of the greatest novels in the English language, and that Flannery O’Connor is, by far, the greatest American writer. His poets of choice are Geoffrey Chaucer and T.S. Eliot. On his iPod are classical composers, such as Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Krzysztof Penderecki, and an up-and-coming young composer named Grayson Jarvis. Sandwiched in between these are Radiohead, REM, and Nirvana.

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