About Us

Educators Consulting Services was founded in 1966 in Conway, Arkansas by Dr. Joe Barentine and colleagues. A few years later, Dr. Barentine purchased and moved ECS to Hot Springs, Arkansas where he worked countless hours to develop the business. In 2002, Dr. Barentine became partners with Dr. Pat Adcock who became owner of the company the following year. Dr. Adcock, a former teacher and school administrator for almost 30 years, has continued with Dr. Barentine's legacy.


The Educators Consulting Services Team

Dr. Pat Adcock

Dr. Pat Adcock

Dr. Adcock has served 22 years as an administrator in the capacity of principal and superintendent. He has classroom experience at Magnolia, Horatio, Gillam, and Mineral Springs School District. He has taught both math and science at the secondary level. Dr. Adcock has taught administrative classes as an adjunct professor for Arkansas State University and has also taught math classes for the Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas. His past activities and affiliations include: past President of the Southwest Arkansas School Masters; past Board of Directors of the DeQueen Mena Educational Cooperative and a certified trainer for the Jenson Learning Cooperation. In addition, Dr. Adcock received distinguished leader recognition from the Arkansas Leadership Academy. He is currently a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association for School Curriculum and Design. Dr. Adcock has successfully worked with schools across the states in the area of leadership, professional development, and school improvement. He continues to assist schools and move them from academic distress to not only meeting adequate yearly progress, but establishing professional learning communities in order to make lasting changes.

Education includes:

  • Ed.D. (1991) East Texas State University (Educational Administration, Mathematics and Secondary Education)
  • MSE (1975) Henderson State University (Math Education)
  • BSE (1972) Southern Arkansas University (Math Education and Physics)

Lynne Risner, MSE - Literacy Specialist

Lynne Risner, MSE

Mrs. Risner has classroom experience at Horatio School District and the Mineral Springs School District. She taught grades 1-3 at Horatio and 7th-8th grade reading at Mineral Springs. Mrs. Risner served as the Literacy Coach at the Mineral Springs School District under the Reading First (formerly Reading Excellence) program for four years. Mrs. Risner served as the literacy specialist for the Arkansas DeQueen Mena Educational Cooperative (DMEC) for four years. During her employment at the DMEC she became a Reading Recovery Advocate, a trainer for Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas (ELLA), Effective Literacy for Grades 2-4, and attended the English as a Second Language (ESL) Academy. She has served as an adjunct professor for both Henderson State University and Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas and a student intern advisor for Henderson State University. Mrs. Risner has extensive experience working with schools through professional development and the school improvement process. Mrs. Risner is currently a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Design.

Education includes:

  • MSE (1996) Henderson State University (K-12 Reading Specialist)
  • BSE (1992) Henderson State University (Elementary Education, K-8 Science, K-8 Social Studies) Additional Certifications: K-12 English as Second Language.

Russ Johnson, Ed.S

Russ Johnson, Ed.S

Mr. Johnson has served three years as federal program coordinator where his responsibilities include supervising / monitoring all federal programs (assurances, budgets, evaluation), serving as the district chair for the school improvement plans. He has served as a principal for seven years and an assistant principal for one year. Mrs. Johnson has over 12 years teaching English at the secondary level, has taught physical education across the grade levels and served as a coach for girls basketball teams. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor for the Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas and Souther Arkansas University. Mr. Johnson was selected to represent DeQueen Mena Educational Cooperative on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals (2001-2004) and to represent the DeQueen Mena zone as trainer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Educational Technology Initiative. He was recognized as principal of one of the highest performing elementary schools with the Measuring Performance Honors award in 2003 (based on state assessments). He is currently active at the state level in the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals, and Arkansas Association of Curriculum and Instruction Administrators.

Education includes:

  • Ed.S. (2008) Henderson State University Division of Educational Leadership (Educational Specialist Degree) (Elementary Principal Licensure / K-12 Curriculum)
  • MSE (1981) University of Central Arkansas (Education / Physical Education)
  • BSE (1980) University of Central Arkansas (Physical Education / English)

Dr. Dick Young

Dr. Dick Young

Dr. Young served as a High School Principal and School District Superintendent with over 28 years of experience. As principal of Arkansas High School he redesigned the school with the implementation of four Magnet Academies; Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, Math and Science Academy, Career and Technology Education Academy and the International Baccalaureate Academy. While superintendent of a school District in the Arkansas Delta with a diverse population, he implemented the Career Academies in Technology, Agriculture Science, Health and Human Services and Business Technology in order to connect the students to the curriculum by integrating the academics to profession they were familiar with. With these experiences he is able to offer a wide range of solutions associated with challenges today's schools face in a complicated global social and economic world.

Education includes:

  • Ed.D. (2003) Arkansas State University, California Coast University
  • Ed.S. (1998) University of Central Arkansas
  • MSE (1973) University of Southern California
  • BSE (1970) State College of Arkansas

Pearlie Newton, MSE

Pearlie Newton, MSE

Pearlie Newton holds a B.A. and M.S. in Education with a Lifetime Educator’s License in English/Language Arts 7-12 and Guidance and Counseling K-12. With more than forty-four years of educational experience, including instructional support as a curriculum advisor, she is currently serving in her ninth year with ECS as an educational consultant.


Beverly Long, MSE

Beverly Long, MSE

Mrs. Long began her career in 1996 in Bastrop, Louisiana, where she taught first, third, and fourth grades. In addition, she has taught first and fourth grades for the Grady School District. Her love of reading led her to focus on literacy, and she has nine years of experience in literacy instruction. She has served as the district literacy specialist (grades K – 12) for the Watson Chapel School District; the Reading Excellence literacy coach (grades 1 – 3) for the Grady School District; and as the instructional specialist (grades 6 – 8) for the Lee County School District. During her employment at the Watson Chapel School District, she was a trainer for Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas (ELLA), Effective Literacy, and Smart Step: Strategies for the Content Area. She also provided assessment training such as Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), and the Developmental Spelling Assessment (DSA). She was instrumental in helping the Watson Chapel School District procure a 1 million dollar Reading First grant. Mrs. Long was selected to receive the Administrator for Reading award from the Jefferson County Reading Council in 2008. She also achieved National Board Certification that year. Mrs. Long has worked part-time from 2006 – 2010 as an assessor and grant writer for ECS. She began full time employment with the company in 2010. Currently, she works with various schools in the area of leadership, professional development, and school improvement.

Education includes:

  • NBCT (2008) National Board Certified Teacher
  • MED (1998) University of Arkansas at Monticello ( Elementary Education) Additional Certification; Literacy Specialist
  • BA (1996) University of Arkansas at Monticello (Early Childhood Education)

Dr. Dee Cox

Dr. Dee Cox

Dee Cox has over thirty years of experience in the public school system in the areas of special education, early childhood education, elementary education, psychological examiner, federal programs, education administration, and higher education. Her career has allowed her a number of diverse opportunities working in the private and public school system, Arkansas State Department of Education, Henderson State University, and now as an education consultant. She attended HSU completing her B.S.E, M.S.E, and Ed.S., while her M.Ed. was completed at UALR Little Rock. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Dee has a passion for school improvement, early childhood, parent and community involvement, data analysis, mentoring new administrators, school law, and educational leadership professional development. She has been highly involved in the promotion of the school health and wellness of all children within the educational system. She strives to be a role model and motivation for educators to address the “learning of all children” by looking at the “whole child” and not just the grade level tested skills.

Throughout her career, Dee has served on numerous Task Force Committees, councils, Advisory Committees and networks. Her passion for education has been seen as a broad scope of teaching the “whole child” and implementing effective educational leadership.


Renee McKelvin

Renee McKelvin

Renee McKelvin is an educational consultant and public school administrator. She has taught at all levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and has worked as an administrator and a special programs coordinator. In her consulting work, Renee has a mathematics focus and has specialized in aspects of curriculum planning, student assessments, teacher evaluations, and classroom management. Renee has a rich educational background. She was raised in a home where both parents were successful educators and she received formal BA and MSE degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Henderson State University of Arkadelphia. Renee is a loving wife and mother of three. She truly believes that learning is a never ending process and that hard work and fun combined can equal success!


Brenda Sikes

Brenda Sikes

Brenda Sikes has served as the Office Manager for ECS for the last nine years. As Office Manager, Brenda is responsible for working with a number of consultants, processing ACSIP plans, working on PLC Summit, processing incoming and outgoing invoices, and a myriad of other responsibilities. As a former business owner, Brenda is well versed in the needs of the inner-workings of a very busy office.


Frankie Darr

Frankie Darr

Frankie is our human resources manager. She has been with Educators Consulting Services for eight years. Frankie has worked with the Mineral Springs School District for more than 25 years.


Donna Phillips, BSE

Donna Phillips

Donna Phillips has a background in mathematics in grades K-12, and specializes in upper level mathematics. She has taught continuing Education courses at the State and local levels. Donna has performed extensive research in teaching to right-brained/ADD children, and has had great success in developing techniques that make math more understandable for all students.

Summary

  • Experienced in teaching all levels, K-12, Mathematics
  • Experienced in the use of a graphing calculator and other technology in the classroom
  • Dedicated to teaching the frameworks in Mathematics as defined by NCTM
  • Trained in the learning styles of right-brained ADD students
  • Have experience in the print media and have produced eight yearbooks
  • Have held an administrative position of Lead Teacher for six years
  • Crossgate Christian Academy’s Teacher of the year for two years

Experience - Mathematics

  • Taught a combination of junior high and high school math for eleven years
  • Tutored individual students and groups for 20 years
  • Led workshops on innovative ways to teach Mathematics as well as teaching to the standards
  • Supervised tutoring programs designed to raise students Benchmark scores
  • Use many innovative techniques to teach right-brained students
  • Redesigned curriculum many times to meet the needs of advanced students and lower level students

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