Regional finalist

Renée Bailey is in the running for Arkansas Teacher of the Year as one of 14 regional finalists.

Renée Bailey of Magnolia has been selected as one of 14 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Johnny Key, commissioners of the Arkansas Department of Education, will recognize the finalists on Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion. The four state semi-finalists will be announced in a ceremony starting at 11 a.m.

“Each year we receive applications from some amazing teachers, and this year is no exception,” Key said.

“These 14 teachers have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, and I am pleased to recognize them as regional finalists. They serve as role models for their peers, and I commend them and all the applicants for their commitment to ensuring our students graduate ready for college, career and community engagement.

Bailey was recently selected through a district-wide election process as the 2018 Magnolia School District Teacher of the Year.

Bailey is a fourth-grade math, science, and social studies teacher at Central Elementary School.

A lifelong resident of Magnolia, she attended Magnolia Public Schools, graduated from Magnolia High School, and earned her BSE from Southern Arkansas University.

Bailey began her career teaching third and fourth grades at Willisville School.

After joining the faculty of Magnolia's Central Elementary School, she taught Title I Reading and sixth grade before moving to fourth grade, where she has been since 1988. She is currently in her 34th year of teaching.

Bailey enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Another regional finalist is Juanita I. Harris, a first-grade teacher at Union da Vinci Magnet School in TexARKana. She is a 2006 graduate of Arkansas High School. Harris completed a bachelor of science in early childhood education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Southern Arkansas University.

The 14 regional winners received cash awards of $1,000.

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