Regional finalists named for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Fourteen outstanding teachers have been named 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recognize the regional finalists at 10 a.m. Aug. 30, in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol. During the ceremony, the four state semi-finalists will be announced.

“I am excited for the opportunity to recognize these dynamic Arkansas teachers as regional finalists through our Arkansas Teacher of the Year program,” Key said. “As we work to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, we must recognize and celebrate teachers who have demonstrated educational excellence. I am extremely proud of these regional finalists and for the example they have set for their students, colleagues and future educators.”

2018 ATOY Regional Finalists 

Kim Armstrong 

Grades K-2 Science 

Wynne Primary School  

Wynne School District 

Crowley’s Ridge Educational Service Cooperative

Brittany Berry  

Grades 6-7 EAST 

Helen Tyson Middle School  

Springdale School District 

Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Cameron Blackwood  

Grades 10-12 Science  

Clarendon High School 

Clarendon School District 

Great Rivers Education Service Cooperative

Brandy Browning  

Grade 9 Science 

Magnolia Junior High School 

Magnolia School District 

South Central Service Cooperative

Kirby Childress  

Grade 6 Math 

Pinkston Middle School  

Mountain Home School District 

Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Anne Formby  

Grades 10-12 Math 

Arkansas High School 

Texarkana Arkansas School District 

Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative

Shannon Holeyfield 

Grade 9 English and Grades 9-12 Yearbook  

Searcy High School  

Searcy School District 

Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative

Judy Holland 

Grade 9 English and Grades 9-12 Alternative Learning Environment  

Walnut Ridge High School 

Lawrence County School District 

Northeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Randi House  


Theodore Jones Elementary School 

Conway School District 

Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative

Amanda Jones 

Grades 10-12 Science  

Poyen High School 

Poyen School District 

Dawson Education Cooperative

Beth Maris 

Grades 10-12 Science 

Central High School  

Little Rock School District 

Pulaski County

Mollie Sanford 

Grades 10-12 Family and Consumer Science  

Dumas New Tech High School  

Dumas School District 

Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Tasha Shoate  

Grade 3 

Cavanaugh Elementary School  

Fort Smith School District 

Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative

Morgan Wilson  

Grades 10-12 Math 

Sheridan High School  

Sheridan School District 

Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

The Arkansas Teacher of the Year program is part of the National Teacher of the Year program and recognizes exceptional teachers who demonstrate strong teaching and leadership skills. This year’s regional finalists will receive a $1,000 award, with the Arkansas Teacher of the Year receiving an additional $14,000. The awards are made possible by a grant provided by the Walton Family Foundation, a long-time supporter of the program.

The Conway School District’s Randi House, a kindergarten teacher at Theodore Jones Elementary School, is among the 14 regional finalists for 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

After the four state semi-finalists are announced at the ceremony Aug. 30, the selection committee will conduct site visits. During the visits, the committee will observe the teacher in the classroom and interview the teacher and school administrators. A surprise notification announcing the 2018 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 in Room 207 at the Capitol immediately following the ceremony. Several State Board of Education members plan to attend the events, but no official business will be conducted.

To learn more about the ATOY program, go to