University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

#9 Good News for Arkansas Students and Teachers

In The View from the OEP on December 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm


“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”

~Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go!

In a year that has seen many changes for Arkansas education, there has also been positive news. Educational leaders have stepped up, students have excelled and individual schools have received national honors. We at the OEP also hope to give out some credit where credit is due, by recognizing top performing schools around the state based on benchmark and end-of-course exam scores.

Here are some of the AR educational leaders recognized this year:

Jonathan Crossley Named 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

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Crossley is an English teacher at Palestine-Wheatley High School. You can view video of the announcement from Governor Beebe here.

Kim Wilbanks Named 2014 Superintendent of the Year


Dr. Kim Wilbanks, Superintendent of Jonesboro School District, received 2014 Superintendent of the Year.

Josh Baker Named Top Ag Educator in Arkansas

josh baker

Many AR students and schools have also excelled this past year. Here are a few highlights:

Congratulations to the educators, students and schools that were honored this year for their accomplishments in the Natural State and to anyone that we may have forgotten. Well done.

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