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2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Archive

Meghan Ables Named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Meghan Ables, an English teacher at Stuttgart High School in the Stuttgart School District, was named the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year at a surprise event Dec. 7 at the school. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key honored Ms. Ables at the event.
Ables is an 11th-grade English/literacy and journalism teacher. Because of her contribution to learning, student test scores have dramatically improved during her tenure at the district. Ables also serves as a leader at her school, having conducted professional development activities for using literacy techniques in the classroom. A native of Stuttgart and a graduate of Stuttgart High School, Ables received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 2002 from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. To learn more, go to
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2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional and State Finalists Announced

Fifteen outstanding teachers from around the state have been selected as 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. Gov. Asa Hutchinson recognized them at a ceremony Sept. 17 at the Capitol. The top four finalists were announced at the event.

To see pictures of the event, check out the photo album. To view a video of the event, go to

Dare To Be Different Videos 

Led by 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Meghan Ables, these videos feature passionate teachers engaging students with unique learning opportunites and striving to become better educators.


Be sure to take a look at the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Recognition Publication that spotlights each of the ATOY finalists!

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