Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Teacher of the year

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2006 at 12:59 PM

He's Justin Minkel, a Springdale second-grade teacher who has achieved success in bringing students who speak English as a second language up to grade level. He gets $15,000 with the award.

Full release on the jump.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE

Governor Mike Huckabee today presented $15,000 to Justin Minkel of Harvey Jones Elementary School in Springdale for being named the 2006-2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year during a ceremony in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol in Little Rock.

 

"Mr. Minkel has managed to take students who have shown difficulties in achievement and turned them into some of the state's most eager learners,” Governor Huckabee said. “His ability to inspire students who are lower income and for whom English is a second language is impressive and makes him very deserving of the Teacher of the Year Award."

 

Up to 16 teachers are recognized as regional Teacher of the Year winners, thanks to a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to the Arkansas Department of Education. Winners are selected at the state level from teachers who are nominated by their local school districts. This year, Minkel was one of four state finalists from a competition involving 24 applications from 13 of the 15 regional service cooperatives and Pulaski County. One teacher is selected from each region and receives a cash award in the amount of $1,000.  The Arkansas Teacher of the Year winner receives an additional $14,000.

 

“This ceremony is a highlight of each school year,” said Dr. Ken James, Arkansas Commissioner of Education, who assisted in the ceremony. “We are proud to honor some of our most outstanding teachers. The work they perform each day in their classrooms impacts students academically, socially and emotionally. That’s why teaching is one of the most challenging, rewarding professions there is.”

 

Legislation introduced by Governor Huckabee and passed during the special session of the 85th General Assembly in April changed the role of the Teacher of the Year. Previously, the recognition was largely ceremonial. Beginning with this year’s winner, the Teacher of the Year will take a year’s sabbatical from his school district to work in-residence at the Arkansas Department of Education. He will spend the year providing professional development and technical assistance to teachers around the state as well as serve as a non-voting member of the State Board of Education. Minkel will assume this role during the 2007-08 school year.

 

Minkel is a second grade teacher at Harvey Jones Elementary School in Springdale, where 93 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch and 85 percent are minority. The majority of Minkel’s students speak English as a second language.  “Mr. Minkel guides the students’ learning by differentiating instruction so that truly ‘no child is left behind,’” his principal, Debbie Flora, wrote in support of his application.

 

“At the beginning of second grade in 2004, 17 of my 25 students were below grade-level in reading as measured by the Developmental Reading Assessment,” Minkel wrote in his application. “By the end of my second year with these students, in May 2006, only three of the 17 students were below grade-level; 14 had reached or surpassed grade-level expectations in reading.”

 

Dr. Jim Rollins, superintendent of the Springdale School District, wrote in support of Minkel that, “He has engendered the deep respect and affection of the students and their families, and the great rapport he has developed with them helps him to teach the children to high levels.”

 

The three runners-up for this year’s Teacher of the Year award are

·        First runner-up Terri Riley, an eighth and ninth grade English teacher at Hamburg Junior High School in Hamburg.

·        Second runner-up Rebecca Keith, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Ruth Doyle Intermediate School in Conway.

·        Third runner-up Glenda Holifield, a high school chemistry teacher at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro.

 

 

Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The debate eve open line

    The Sunday open lines includes some rumination, not happy, about tomorrow night's presidential debate.
    • Sep 25, 2016
  • Ethics Commission begins investigation of Rep. Mike Holcomb

    The state Ethics Commission last week informed a complainant she'd raised sufficient questions about campaign finance filings by Republican Rep. Mike Holcomb to initiate an investigation.
    • Sep 25, 2016
  • Drug companies fight medical marijuana

    Disclosure about financing of the anti-medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas is so far lacking, but it's no secret what's happened in other states — pharmaceutical companies have worked to defeat medical marijuana laws because they create (safer) competition.
    • Sep 25, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Is Arkansas planning to withdraw from PARCC, the Common Core testing consortium?

    Rep. Mark Lowery, a Republican from Maumelle, has introduced a bill that would put the brakes on Arkansas's implementation of standardized testing based on Common Core State Standards. Lowery says the bill is motivated in part because legislators have been told by ADE officials, unofficially, that "the PARCC contract will not be renewed" beyond the current academic year.
    • Feb 3, 2015
  • The shame of Robert E. Lee/MLK Day in Arkansas

    This morning, I was a student ambassador for Philander Smith College and the Social Justice Institute at a House Committee that discussed Rep. Nate Bell’s proposal to divide a Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
    • Feb 11, 2015
  • Democrat-Gazette headline on private option passage omits words "private option"

    I couldn't help but notice something odd about today's headline in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette regarding the reauthorization of the private option, the expansion of Medicaid-funded insurance that's been fully at the center of politics in Arkansas for the past two years. See if you can spot it:
    • Feb 6, 2015

Most Shared

  • George H.W. Bush will vote for Hillary. Or will he?

    Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
  • Who's harming women?

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
  • New normal

    No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.
  • Additional rape charges filed against Conway doctor

    Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett has added 11 more victims to two others alleging rape by Dr. Robert Rook of Conway.
  • Big Dam Bridge 100 brings big damn complaint about celebrity rider Hincapie

    The Big Dam Bridge 100 is this weekend and one dedicated biker isn't happy about a celebrity rider, admitted doper George Hincapie.

Most Viewed

  • The debate eve open line

    The Sunday open lines includes some rumination, not happy, about tomorrow night's presidential debate.
  • Drug companies fight medical marijuana

    Disclosure about financing of the anti-medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas is so far lacking, but it's no secret what's happened in other states — pharmaceutical companies have worked to defeat medical marijuana laws because they create (safer) competition.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The debate eve open line

    • A little pre-debate humor-- "There are two things Donald excels at: being on TV and…

    • on September 25, 2016
  • Re: The debate eve open line

    • Not even Richard Nixon was this bad - OR this clinically insane. "For years during…

    • on September 25, 2016
  • Re: The debate eve open line

    • The problem that the Republicans have is that they can't control or even guess what…

    • on September 25, 2016

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation