Justin Minkel of Harvey Jones Elementary School in Springdale is the 2006-2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Minkel was given the award at a ceremony in Little Rock on December 6, 2006.
The three runners-up for this year’s award are:
- First runner-up Terri Riley, an eighth and ninth grade English teacher at Hamburg Junior High School in Hamburg.
- Second runner-up Rebecca Keith, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Ruth Doyle Intermediate School in Conway.
- Third runner-up Glenda Holifield, a high school chemistry teacher at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro.
The state finalists are:
- Joy Bussey, a third grade teacher at College Hill International Studies Magnet in Texarkana.
- Tammy Elliott, a family and consumer sciences to eighth- and ninth- graders at Nashville Junior High School in Nashville.
- Sherry Cawthorn-Christopher, a seventh grade science teacher at Darby Junior High School in Fort Smith.
- Cheryl Jackson-Cox, a kindergarten teacher at Avondale Elementary School in Marion.
- Anita King, a kindergarten teacher at Mountain Home Kindergarten in Mountain Home.
- Michael Klucher, a speech and drama teacher to ninth- and tenth-graders at North Little Rock High School East Campus
- Kathy Robison, a music teacher for students in kindergarten through third grade at Castleberry Elementary School in Newport.
- Phyllis Ann Watts, a seventh grade literacy teacher at Goza Middle School in Arkadelphia.
- Brenda Webb, a third grade teacher at Searcy McRae Elementary School in Searcy.
All thirteen finalist were also awarded a Classroom Performance System from eInstruction.
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