Collegeville’s Martin chosen Bryant School District Teacher of the Year

By Devin Sherrill

Communications Director, Bryant School District

Jillian Martin, third Grade teacher at Collegeville Elementary, was selected from 11 of the Bryant[more] School District's most outstanding teachers to be 2013 District Teacher of the Year.

Martin is in her third year with Bryant Schools. Graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2008, she continued her education by earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching the following year. Martin worked at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville for one year, before moving to central Arkansas and joining the teaching staff at Collegeville Elementary.

“I believe it is my duty as an educator to provide children with the opportunity to learn the traditional disciplines as well as those disciplines needed to participate successfully in society,” she said. “More importantly, it is my role as a teacher to develop each student’s individuality.”

Martin comes from a family of educators, with both her mother and grandmother teaching. She said, “I chose elementary education as my field of study because I love working with young children. The passion and enthusiasm for learning displayed by young children is unparalleled. My desire as an elementary educator is to foster this love of learning, so that it continues to grow throughout their educational careers.”

The Bryant School District recognized the other Teacher of the Year nominees, selected from each individual school. They are:

Lisa Smith, Bryant Elementary School

Marla Smith, Davis Elementary School

Nancy Diane Robertson, Paron Elementary School

Kari Nichols, Hill Farm Elementary School

Denise Davis, Hurricane Creek Elementary School

Candice Richardson, Salem Elementary School

Tara Efird, Springhill Elementary School

Michelle Alverio, Bethel Middle School

Brenda Rodgers, Bryant Middle School

Lisa Stine, Bryant High School

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