We are extremely excited to announce that our very own Mrs. Val Harp (First Grade Teacher) has been chosen the 2018-19 Arkansas Rural Education Association’s (AREA) Teacher of the Year. Principals of each educational co-op in Arkansas were able to nominate a teacher for this honor. Mrs. Harp was nominated by Hackett Elementary principal Tura Bailey, and was chosen by the Guy Fenter Co-Op as their candidate. Each of 15 co-ops had a teacher vying for the honor. Only two teachers received this award, one for the north region and one for the south region. stated Bailey.
Being an educator for 25 years, she, herself, is constantly learning and embraces new challenges as a chance to grow in experience and knowledge. “Being a difference maker is my greatest educational contribution. Having taught primary students for a quarter of a century, I am now teaching the children of prior students.” Says Mrs. Harp. Establishing a strong rapport with each child and his/her family, getting to know their interests, academic abilities and social well-being has made her the outstanding teacher that she is.
Mrs. Harp is Renewed National Board Certified Teacher, is a MET (Master Economics Teacher) for Economics Arkansas, is on the 7 state Federal Reserve Economics Advisory Board, is a presenter at the REAL Conference in Little Rock each summer and has won four Economics Arkansas teaching awards over the years.
Her philosophy of teaching is that every child can and will learn at their own pace. Mrs. Harp seeks to fill her class with unique, hands-on lessons that appeal to all learning styles. Harp’s love of students and teaching is evident in her classroom each and every day. She seeks to instill the growth mindset of YET (which is Hackett Elementary’s personal motto this year) into each of her students. They may not be there YET but they will before they leave Harp’s class.
Dennis Copeland, Assistant Director of the Arkansas Rural Education Association was on hand to present the award. Harp is also invited to attend the Arkansas Rural Education Association’s summer conference July 9-10 in Eureka Springs, where she will once again be recognized. At the summer conference Harp will receive a crystal apple and a $1000 courtesy of the Rural Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.
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