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Fourth grade teacher at Ballman named Arkansas regional finalist for state Teacher of the Year award

Rozanna Brown

FSPS Teacher Rozanna Brown has been named a regional finalist for the 2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Brown is a 4th Grade teacher at Ballman Elementary School.

There are 12 regional finalists selected across the state. The regional finalists will be recognized at an event on August 5 at the Governor’s Mansion. During the event, the four state semi-finalists will be announced.

"It is such an honor to be selected as one of the 12 regional finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year. I am humbled, bearing in mind the considerable talent I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with throughout the region," said Brown.

"Ms. Brown's energy for helping her students grow is contagious, and her passion for the work is evident as she helps lead her collaborative team each week and the DESE 4th grade collaborative teacher team. This honor is well-deserved," said Lori Griffin, Director of Elementary Education.

“After such a challenging school year, it is my honor to recognize some of the best teachers around the state,” ADE Secretary Johnny Key said. “The 2020-2021 school year was unprecedented; however, Arkansas’ teachers rose to the occasion. Unlike many other states, schools in Arkansas were open throughout the entire school year. It is because of dedicated teachers, like those recognized today, that our students didn’t miss a day of learning. Congratulations to the regional finalists, and thank you for leading by example both in and out of the classroom.”

The regional finalists will each receive a certificate and a $1,000 prize provided by the Walton Family Foundation.

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