Don Roberts Elementary Teacher Honored as LRSD's Top Educator

The Little Rock School District honored its best and brightest teachers with the annual Crystal Awards Gala Monday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel.  Don Roberts Elementary School Teacher Steven Helmick was named Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year for 2014, earning the coveted Marian G. Lacey Educator Award, the district's highest recognition.  Helmick was also awarded a $1,000 cash prize, a Dell Latitude 3340 laptop and gift bag from Knowledge Tree.

 

Teachers representing every campus in the district were recognized during the gala.  Level winners were also named and included Bernestine Rhodes, Hall - High School Teacher of the Year; Sharon Dallimore, Pulaski Heights  - Middle School Teacher of the Year; and Vanessa Hendrix, King - Elementary School Teacher of the Year.  Level winners took home $500 each in cash prizes, Dell tablets and gift bags from Knowledge Tree. 

 

The task of providing a strong foundation upon which all other learning first falls on the shoulders of an elementary teacher.  From greeting frightened kindergartners on the first day of school to sending confident 5th graders on to middle school, the building blocks of learning are formed in these teachers' classrooms.  Middle school and high school teachers continue to impact students' lives helping to get them ready to successfully navigate college and/or career, ultimately preparing them to be productive, engaged citizens.

 

LRSD proudly salutes all of its teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. 

 

Elementary School Winners 

SHERYL JACKSON - Bale

MARTHA SULLIVAN - Baseline

ARIAH REESCANO - Booker

SAMANTHA PORTER- Brady

ANNEGELICA BARROW- Carver

APRIL AGNEW - Chicot

CARLETTA BURCHETT - Dodd

ALISHA BAKER - Fair Park

REBECCA LANGLEY - Forest Park

JENNIFER BULLOCH - Franklin

CELESTE MOLSBEE- Fulbright

HEATHER BARLOW- Geyer Springs

NANCY PASSINI- Gibbs

OLLIE ANDERSON - Jefferson

VANESSA HENDRIX - King

LAQUITA STEWARD- Mabelvale

MILLIE JONES- McDermott

SHANTI BAKER - Meadowcliff

LORI MARTIN - Otter Creek

WHITNEY RAGAN - Pulaski Heights

STEVEN HELMICK - Don Roberts

GINA KHOURY - Rockefeller

TERRY EVANS - Romine

YOLANDA ANDERSON - Stephens

HANNAH ROSSON - Terry

SARAH VANLAAN - Wakefield

FRAN MCNEIL- Washington

RONISHA JOHNSON - Watson

KATHY WIRZFELD - Western Hills

TERRY MORTON - Williams

SHANI BAKER - Wilson

EMILY WRIGHT - Woodruff

 

Middle School Winners

MARCUS DAVIS - Cloverdale

AMBERLEIGH TRIPLETT - Cloverdale

QUINTIN  CAIN - Dunbar

JASMINE GETER - Dunbar

DANIEL FONDREN - Forest Heights

JAMEKA STARKS - Forest Heights

ALICE EARNEST - Hamilton ALC 6-8

SANDRA LEDBETTER - Henderson

YOLANDA ROOKS - Henderson

FRAN MOSELEY - Mabelvale

JEREMY SPANN - Mabelvale

LESLIE BROOKS-JACKSON - Mann

WILMA SUTTON - Mann

ONISHA CHANDLER - Pulaski Heights

SHARON DALLIMORE - Pulaski Heights 

 

High School Winners

PAULINE WU - Accelerated Learning Center

PATRICK FOLEY - Central

MARK MEADOWS - Central

ERICA MOORE - Central

BERNESTINE RHODES - Hall

BEATRIZ VARELA - Hall

SONJA WILLIAMS - Hall

YANQIU LIAO -  Hamilton ALC 9-12

MARIAN ARNETT - J. A. Fair

ALLISON BELCHER - J. A. Fair

CYNTHIA DOKOUTCHAEF - J. A. Fair

RUBY FORD - McClellan

TANSHENIA MCMILLAN - McClellan

CASSANDRA STAUDER - McClellan

JAMES BLANCHAR - Metropolitan

Career-Technical Center

AMINAH EDDINGS - Parkview

DENNIS SHOW - Parkview

J. LYNN SMITH - Parkview

 

Monday evening's star-studded affair was attended by approximately 600 educators, families, and public education supporters.  Helmick, the 2014 LRSD Teacher of Year, will go on to represent the district in vying for the statewide Teacher of the Year title.   

 

About the Marian G. Lacey Educator Award - Dr. Marian G. Lacey is a well-respected, retired LRSD educator for whom the district's highest recognition is named. She attended the ceremony to present her namesake award to this year's recipient.