Mountain School District Educator Named Rural Teacher of the Year
at the Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year ceremony are Arkansas
State Rep. Monty Davenport of Yellville; Arkansas Sen. Randy
Laverty of Jasper; Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year Beverly
Cothran of Bruno-Pyatt School in Everton; Jimmy Cunningham,
president of the Arkansas Rural Education Association and
superintendent of the Plainview School District; and Carmie
Henry, vice president of governmental affairs for the Electric
Cooperatives of Arkansas.
Ark. - Beverly Cothran, an elementary media specialist and Title
I teacher at Bruno-Pyatt in Everton (Marion County), was named Rural
Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Rural Education Association
at a ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol Building May 13. She
is also the association’s representative for the National
Rural Teacher of the Year.
Jimmy Cunningham, president of the Arkansas Rural Education Association
and superintendent of the Plainview School District, Cothran was
selected by a committee of educators from applications submitted
by school administrators.
was selected because of the quality and depth of her answers to
the questions in the following categories: professional biography;
education; history; professional development; community involvement;
philosophy of teaching; education issues and trends; and, the teaching
profession,” Cunningham said.
The final section
of the application asks the teacher to explain her platform, if
selected for the award. Cothran indicated that she would propose
a council of educators and parents to act as a steering committee
on education reform. The committee would serve as a liaison to the
Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas General Assembly.
schools are like a family,” Cothran said. “Instructors
and administrators interact with students from the time they enter
pre-school until they graduate. Very often students visit the school
after graduation to receive advice from the teachers they grew to
trust. The level of trust at a rural school is shared among the
community as well as parents and students.”
13 years of teaching experience and has served in her present capacity
for the past four years.
Cothran has consistently set high expectations for her students,”
Cunningham said. “She truly believes in their abilities and
verbalizes her support. She has a gift of looking beyond the surface
to uncover the hidden talents of her students. Her ability to let
the students know that she cares and believes in them is a shining
example to educators.”
Rural Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives
of Arkansas in conjunction with the Arkansas Rural Education Association.
Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives;
Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based
cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives;
and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and
transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide
electricity to more than 440,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas
and surrounding states.