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.