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.

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.

 

For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Friedman, Teacher of the Year/Milken Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Communications
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:  501-682-5169

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