Arkansas Teacher of the Year

2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Application

District Teachers of the Year may complete the 2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Application at

ATOY Application Zoom Support Meeting Recording

To access the 2022 ATOY Application Zoom Meeting recorded May 19, 2021,in Brandy Howell's Personal Meeting Room, go to:
Access Passcode: XDbL8=Wv


Teacher of the Year Program

Arkansas Teacher of the Year logo

The classroom teacher is the backbone of the American education system. No one person has a greater impact on the education of a child than does the teacher who creates the primary learning and instructional environment. The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) program, which is a project of the  Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation and People to People Ambassador Programs, began in 1952. 

As part of the NTOY program, the Arkansas Teacher of Year program identifies, recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms in Arkansas public schools. To learn more about this process in Arkansas, go to Commissioner's Memo LIC-21-012.

The mission of the ATOY program is to promote the profession and recognize quality teachers who implement "best practices" in Arkansas public school classrooms. The ATOY program is led by the Arkansas Department of Education in partnership with the State Board of Education.

Fort Smith Teacher Named 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Fort Smith Mayor George McGill; 2021 ATOY Susanna Post,; Secretary of Education Johnny Key and 2020 ATOY Joel Lookadoo,

When Susanna Post, a math and business technology teacher at Belle Point Alternative Center in Fort Smith, arrived at school Oct. 19, she had no idea that a huge surprise awaited her. During an 11 a.m. socially-distant assembly, Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key recognized Post as the 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Post, a five-year teacher, utilizes her previous business world experience to build relationships with her students, connect them with the outside community, and give them real-world, relatable problems to solve. She strongly believes that positive relationships result in improved student learning and a strong school culture. Because of her multi-dimensional approach to reach each and every student, Post was named the Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Learn more at

2021 ATOY Regional Finalists and Semi-Finalists Recognized

2021 ATOY Semi-Finalists with Secretary Johnny Key and Gov. Asa Hutchinson

2021 ATOY Regional Finalists

During a July 31 ceremony at the Governor's Mansion, the 12 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists for 2021 were recognized and the four state semi-finalists were announced: Tia Brickey (Stuttgart), Amber Harbin (Little Rock), Susan Henderson (Conway), and Susanna Post (Fort Smith).
Watch the recording of the ATOY Regional Finalists and State Semi-Finalist Ceremony. Read about the 2021 ATOY State Semi-Finalists.  (photo by Randall Lee, photographer, Office of Gov. Asa Hutchinson)
Learn more about all these outsanding educators at 2021 ATOY Regional Finalists.

2020 ATOY Joel Lookadoo Launches Well-Rounded Educator Podcast

Listen to "The Well-Rounded Educator" on Spreaker.

Springdale Teacher Named 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Joel Lookadoo received the surprise of a lifetime October 22, 2019, when he was named the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year at an assembly at Lakeside Junior High School in Springdale. Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key was joined by several State Board of Education members and legislators to honor Lookadoo, an Algebra 1 teacher at the school. Learn more at

2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Joel Lookadoo receives award


For more information, please contact:

Sandra Hurst, Director of Educator Support & Development
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-8526
Fax: 501-682-5118