State Board Members
Ouida Newton, State Board chair, brings 38 years of experience as an educator to the State Board of Education. She was named the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of Year and recently retired to serve on the State Board.
Newton believes that learning is embraced when children receive encouragement and support from parents, teachers and the community. She previously taught multiple levels of math and science in the Poyen School District and has served as a library media specialist, math coach, curriculum supervisor, class sponsor, senior and Arkansas State Beta Club sponsor, and Teachers of Tomorrow supervisor. Newton also taught at the Searcy School District and Pulaski County Special School District and was an adjunct professor at College of the Ouachitas in Malvern.
She served on multiple assessment and standard review committees, including the Arkansas Math Standards Review Committee, and spoke before the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review.
Newton graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State University at Arkadelphia, with a double major in math and science. She received a Master of Library and Informational Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average.
In 2014, Newton was named the Arkansas Rural Education Teacher of the Year and Arkansas Middle Level Math Teacher of the Year.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Newton to the State Board effective July 1, 2016. Her term expires June 30, 2023.
Newton and her husband, Jerry, live in Leola and have two children and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Sarah Moore