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Annual Virtual Celebration Honors Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year


Photo of Tameula Smith, Colton Gilber and Supt. Mike Poore holding a check for $1000

Presenting Sponsor Tameula Smith with First Student presents
ceremonial check to 2021 LRSD Teacher of the Year Colton Gilbert as Supt. Mike Poore joins them.

Congratulations to the newest educator to represent the District in the LRSD Teacher of the Year circle - Colton Gilbert, Little Rock Central High School.  Gilbert was named the District's top teacher and recipient of the Marian G Lacey Educator Award Monday, May 3, 2021, during a special ceremony timed to coincide with the celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Gilbert will now vie for Arkansas's top teacher.

Additionally, at the level recognition, Kelly Burrus, Wakefield, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year; Dariane Mull, Pinnacle View, selected as Middle School Teacher of the Year; and Matt TerAvest, Parkview, chosen as High School Teacher of the Year. 

2021 Elementary TOY Kelly Burrus2021 Middle School TOY Darianne Mull2021 High School Teacher of the Year Matt TerAvest

Monday's event also included LRSD's top classified employees, from whom the Classified Employee of the Year was named - Patricia Brown, representing the District's health professionals. 

Bank rep Jennifer bearden holding check for patricia brown and poore standing next to brown
US Bank representative Jennifer Bearden presents
ceremonial $1,000 check to Patricia Brown as
Supt. Mike Poore holds Brown's trophy. 

See the complete list of honorees below.  Congrats to all the outstanding educators and support staff who were recognized this year!


LRSD is proud to celebrate its outstanding employees during the virtual 2021 Teacher of the Year and Classifed Employee of the Year ceremony, Monday, May 3, 2021 at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to help us honor these employees by watching the ceremony on LRSD's YouTube Channel, Comcast Channel 4 or U-verse Channel 99, and leaving congratulatory notes and messages on their social media pages, using the hashtags #LRSDTOY2021 #LRSDSuperPower #LRSDPowerofUS


Congratulations to the following honorees:

2021 Classified Employees of the Year

Transportation - Frank Howard

Health (Nurse, OT/PT, Mental Health) – Patricia Brown

Custodian – Maurice Phelps

Child Nutrition – Barbara Surratt

Maintenance & Operations – Michael Ellis

Paraprofessional – Chris Carrigan

Security Officer – Zachary Heaton

Secretary/General – Ada Ratliffe-Butler


2020-2021 Teachers of the Year

High Schools


Central High - Colton Gilbert

Central High - Helen Gaddy

Central High - Patrick Foley

Little Rock Hall STEAM Magnet

LR Hall STEAM Magnet - Candace Chappell

LR Hall STEAM Magnet - Chad McKeough

LR Hall STEAM Magnet - Christy Ritchie

Little Rock Southwest High

LR Southwest High - Brooke Jordan Griffen

LR Southwest High - Dr. Marie Boone

LR Southwest High - Roger Robinson


Little Rock West High School of Innovation

LR West High School of Innovation - Crystal Parillon

LR West High School of Innovation - Debbie Caldwell

LR West High School of Innovation - Lisa Drannon


Parkview Magnet High

Parkview Magnet High - Dennis Show

Parkview Magnet High - Matt TerAvest

Parkview Magnet High - Neitasha Tims


Middle Schools

Cloverdale Middle

Cloverdale Middle - Veronica Jarrett

Cloverdale Middle - LaKeitha Austin



Dunbar Middle - Bonnita Rowe

Dunbar Middle - Shakelia Jackson


Forest Heights STEM Middle

Forest Heights STEM Middle - Aaron Harris

Forest Heights STEM Middle - Brandon Randle



Henderson Middle School - Sharon Johnson

Henderson Middle School - Mythetta Gray


Mabelvale Middle

Mabelvale Middle - Kelan Watson

Mabelvale Middle - Yolanda Watson


Mann Magnet Middle

Mann Magnet Middle - Yvonne Hogue

Mann Magnet Middle - RaeAnn Carman


Pinnacle View Middle

Pinnacle View Middle - Dariane Mull

Pinnacle View Middle - Michelle Whatley


Pulaski Heights Middle

Pulaski Heights Middle - Adrian Booker

Pulaski Heights Middle - Edna McEwen


Elementary Schools

Bale Elementary - Daisey Nowlin

Baseline Academy - Jenna Jones

Booker Magnet Elementary - Mariah Reescano

Brady Elementary - Tamra Wiley

Carver Magnet Elementary - Stephanie Crowell

Chicot Elementary - Joany Lowry

Dodd Elementary - Kimberly Johnson

Fair Park Early Childhood - Kristen Brizzolara

Forest Heights STEM Elementary - Tera Phillips

Forest Park Elementary - Ingrid Michelle Graves

Fulbright Elementary - Allison Stafford

Geyer Springs ECC - Mitzi Nicks

Gibbs Magnet Elementary - Blair Ray

Jefferson Elementary - Jennifer Beranek

King Elementary - Kia Ervin

Mabelvale Elementary - Misti Hess

McDermott Elementary - Karyn Wortsmith

Meadowcliff Elementary - Nyree Williams

Otter Creek Elementary - Sandra Courtois-Lawrence

Pulaski Heights Elementary - Joanna Miller

Roberts Elementary - Ola Perry

Rockefeller Early Childhood - Renata Sanders

Romine Elementary - Stephanie Copes

Stephens Elementary - Sandra Young

Terry Elementary - Jenny Wilbon

Wakefield Elementary - Kelly Burrus

Washington Elementary - Sabreen Al-Uqdah

Watson Elementary - Anthony Lee Goods

Western Hills Elementary - Amy Kennedy

Williams Magnet Elementary - Charis Murphy

Other Schools

Accelerated Learning Center - Suzette Cox

Metropolitan Career Tech Center - Toyoshima Gray