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, sponsored by Target®, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the ING Foundation, the University of Phoenix 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.
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.
2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year — Alexia Weimer
Alexia "Ali" Weimer, a kindergarten teacher at Avondale Elementary in the Marion School District, is Arkansas’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Weimer has been a teacher for seven years, all of them at Avondale Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University. Weimer will spend the 2013-2014 school year working at the Department of Education as a special advisor.
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- 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