Teacher of the Year
The Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition is part of the National Teacher of the Year Program (NTOY). The NTOY program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY program is now in its 61st year.
The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the ING Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs.
Act 17 of the First Extraordinary Session of the 85th Arkansas General Assembly provides for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year recipient to take a year of paid administrative leave to serve in an advisory position as a non-voting member to the Arkansas State Board of Education and for professional development purposes.
2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists Announced
Fifteen outstanding teachers from around the state have been selected as 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. Gov. Mike Beebe recognized them at a ceremony Sept. 16 at the Capitol. The top four finalists were announced at the event.
To see pictures of the event, click here. To view video clips from the event, please see the links below.
- Opening Statement by Arkansas Education Commissioner Tony Wood
- Remarks by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe
- Remarks from Jonathan Crossley, 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
- Recognition of the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists
- Remarks from Alice Mahony, a member of the Arkansas Board of Education
- Remarks from Kathy Smith, senior program officer, The Walton Family Foundation
- Recognition of the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Finalists
Jonathan Crossley Named 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
Jonathan Crossley, an English language arts teacher at Palestine Wheatley High School in St. Francis County, was named the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year at a surprise notification in Palestine November 19, 2013.
In addition to teaching 11th- and 12th-grade English and oral communication, as well as serving as the drama director, Crossley is the literacy coach for grades six through 12. He has been a teacher for four years and also served as the girls basketball coach for grades seven through 12 from 2010 to 2013. Crossley graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He is currently working on a Master of Education degree from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville.
Crossley will begin his service as Teacher of the Year in July of 2014.
How to Become the Teacher of the Year
Each school district is encouraged to designate a district Teacher of the Year and submit the winner’s name to ADE to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year honor. According to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-17-2501 et seq., ADE is required to have at least one district candidate to represent school districts in Pulaski County and one district candidate to represent each education service area in the regional level competition; therefore, school district participation should be a priority, with submissions being sent to ADE.
The deadline to submit for the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year program will be announced at a later date. To see the criteria for the 2015 program, see Commissioner’s Memo COM-14-058: 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
- 2015 ATOY Application Form
- 2015 ATOY Job Description
- 2015 ATOY Portfolio Requirements Checklist
- 2015 ATOY Program Guidelines
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- Four Named Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Finalists Posted 9/16/2014 pdf
- 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists Announced Posted 9/11/2014 pdf
- 2014 Arkansas District Teachers of the Year Posted 3/19/2014 pdf
- 2014 ATOY Partners Posted 12/12/2013 pdf
- Palestine Wheatley Teacher Named 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Posted 11/18/2013 pdf
- Top 4 Finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year Announced Posted 9/16/2013 pdf
- Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists Announced Posted 9/9/2013 pdf
- ATOY Recipients: 1959-2012 Posted 6/27/2013 pdf
- 2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Posted 11/26/2012 pdf
- Arkansas's 2013 Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced Posted 10/26/2012 pdf
- 2012 ATOY News Release Posted 12/2/2011 pdf
- 2012 ATOY Finalists Posted 9/29/2011 pdf