Little Rock Family is proud to present the fourth annual class of Amazing Educators, presented by McDonald’s and sponsored by Delta Dental and Henderson State University. With help from our sponsors, we gave awards to four impressive teachers in central Arkansas who work hard every day to inspire their students to learn, reach goals and dream. They spark imaginations, see students’ potential, give hope and tirelessly encourage.

That’s why these educators were nominated by peers, parents of students and community members to be considered for the program. Then, an independent panel of local education experts reviewed all of the nominations and chose a winner in each category: Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Special Needs. While our judges must remain anonymous, we can’t thank them enough for their involvement and expertise in choosing this year’s honorees.

Winners were recognized in the fall of 2016 through surprise assemblies, pep rallies and teacher meetings — all of which were set up by proud principals and caring co-workers. During the ceremonies, each educator received a $1,000 check from presenting sponsor, McDonald’s. Plus, Delta Dental donated free toothbrushes for students at each of the schools!

Congratulations to our fourth class of Amazing Educators and thank you to our sponsors for investing in education! We also appreciate each reader who nominated a teacher who has made a difference in your school and community. Learn how you can nominate a teacher for next year’s Amazing Educators awards!

Debbie Roper Bryan
Premier High School

Special Education

Sara Case
Gibbs Magnet Elementary

Language Specialist

Mary Logan
Mount St. Mary Academy

Social Studies

Jessica Smolsky
Conway Junior High School