Goodman Named 1 of 15 Teacher Finalists!

Hot Springs Intermediate School sixth grade Mathematics teacher Stephanie Goodman has been selected as one of 15 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. Mrs. Goodman represents the Dawson Education Service Cooperative.

"To be selected as a regional finalist is an honor", Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key said.  "These outstanding teachers have set the standard of excellence for their schools, districts and the state.  I commend them for their dedication, commitment and hard work."

Governor Asa Hutchison and Commissioner Key will recognize the regional finalists at 10:30 a.m. September 17 in the old Supreme Court room at the Capitol.  During the ceremony, the top four finalists will be announced.

The Arkansas Teacher of the Year program is part of the National Teacher of the Year program, which began in 1952.  Teachers who exhibit strong teaching skills, leadership and dedication are nominated for the award.

A long-time supporter, the Walton Family Foundation is providing a grant allowing each regional finalist to receive a $1,000 award.  The teacher selected as the Arkansas Teacher of the Year will receive an additional $14,000.

The selection committee will conduct site visits for each of the four finalists.  During the site visits, the committee will observe the teacher in the classroom and conduct interviews with the teacher and school administration.  A surprise notification announcing the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year will be held later this fall.

In addition to the recognition ceremony, a reception for the regional finalists will be held at the Capitol immediately following the event September 17.

Congratulations, Mrs. Goodman, we are proud of you!