Emma Mateo, 2016 LRSD Teacher of the Year
Special Education Teacher Emma Mateo, Otter Creek Elementary, was named 2016 Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year for the Little Rock School District during the annual Crystal Awards Gala Monday night at the Statehouse Convention Center, attended by nearly 700 guests. Level winners for 2016 include: April Rike, Williams Magnet Elementary School; Yvonne Bolden, Horace Mann Magnet Middle School; and Wanda Keith, McClellan High School. These outstanding educators along with another 63 school-level winners were honored Monday night.
These teachers, deemed the best of the best, were selected by their peers to represent their schools at the campus level. Level winners, representing elementary, middle and high school teachers, completed a rigorous application process and were ultimately chosen by a panel of judges. The overall LRSD Teacher of the Year is named from among this group, earning the prestigious Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year Award.
(In photos to the left, April Rike, Elementary Teacher of the Year and Wanda Keith, High School Teacher of the Year - above, and Yvonne Bolden, Middle School Teacher of the Year - below)
As the overall LRSD Teacher of the Year, Mateo will now have the opportunity to compete at the state level. In the past two years, the LRSD Teacher of the Year has been selected as a regional Teacher of the Year finalist.