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.
ADE is accepting 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year nominations
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.
Completed packets, including one set with original signatures and six additional copies, must be returned to ADE on or before 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014. For additional information, 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
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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- 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