Fellows

COHORT 1

Channon Streets
Stephens Elementary School, Little Rock School District

Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
Philander Smith College, 2007

Master of Science in Education, Educational Theory and Practice
Arkansas State University, 2011

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

The IMPACT AR Fellowship has helped me understand the importance of quality leadership and its impact on the school community. I’ve also become more confident and open-minded.

Amanda Chavez
Fairview Elementary School, Fort Smith Public Schools

First Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 2010

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

  • National Board Certified Teacher, 2014
  • Arkansas Teachers for National Board Certification, President

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship’s coursework, internship projects, Teacher Leader Institutes, and one-on-one coaching has allowed me to strengthen areas in which I struggle while also developing my strengths. The program’s personalized design and support have been extremely beneficial as I continually work to become the best leader I can be.

Phillip Cook
Gosnell High School

Assistant Principal

Bachelor of Liberal Studies
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2009

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

  • Licensed to teach Physical/Earth Science and four levels of Project Lead the Way engineering.

IMPACT has helped me reflect on my practice as an educator and a Teacher Leader.  As a result of the fellowship, I have become bolder in regards to implementing new and creative strategies to bolster learning and leadership practices in my classroom.

Stacie Breshears
Wakefield Elementary School, Little Rock School District

Academic Interventions Specialist

Bachelor of Science, Middle Childhood Education
University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2010

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

Being an IMPACT fellow has had a profound effect on my confidence level. The program has equipped me with meaningful skills and authentic opportunities to practice leadership in my building and district.

Amanda Swift
Western Hills Elementary, Little Rock School District

Reading Specialist

Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education
Southern Arkansas University, 2004

Master of Science in Education, Educational Theory and Practice
Arkansas State University, 2013

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

  • National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading – Language Arts/ Early and Middle Childhood 2011
  • 2012 David O. Dodd Elementary Teacher of the Year

The IMPACT AR Fellowship has definitely given me to the tools to become a more focused, knowledgeable, and effective leader.  As a result, I am well on my way to become an agent of change that will impact and awaken the minds of others.

Raven Jackson
Morrison Elementary School, Fort Smith Public Schools

4th Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 2003

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

The IMPACT Program has empowered me to become more of a teacher leader within my own building. I feel better prepared to take initiative in starting meaningful learning opportunities with colleagues, so that we can improve the education of our students. It’s all about life-long learning.

Carreba Williams
David O. Dodd Elementary School, Little Rock School District

1st Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Speech Language Pathology
University of Central Arkansas, 2006

Master of Art in Teaching
University of Central Arkansas, 2009

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

  • 2017 David O. Dodd Teacher of the Year

The Impact Arkansas Fellowship has given me the knowledge, skills, and strengths I need to become a confident, effective leader. Effective leaders think beyond the lines of their current situation to accomplish their school’s goals.

Tyronza Thames-Walker
Little Rock School District

Mathematics Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2000

Master of Science in Education, Educational Theory and Practice
Arkansas State University, 2015

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

My leadership has changed in a positive way with the help of the IMPACT fellowship program. I have learned new strategies for adult learning facilitation, which in turn has helped me to grow professionally in my role as a math instructional facilitator. I am grateful for the IMPACT Fellowship Program.

Hal Harris
Little Rock Preparatory Academy

Middle School Principal

Bachelor of Art, History
City University of New York-College of Staten Island, 2008

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

The IMPACT Fellowship has reminded me why I chose education as a career path. The coursework, internships, and camaraderie with my cohort makes me feel that I am a vital component to the future of Arkansas education.

Nichole McClennahan
Sunnymede Elementary School, Fort Smith Public Schools

ELD Teacher

Bachelor of Art, Elementary Education
ESOL Endorsements
University of West Florida, 2011

Master of Educational Leadership
University of Arkansas, 2016

My self-confidence as a leader has grown tremendously since becoming an IMPACT fellow.  The program offers hands-on, real life applicable opportunities that cannot be experienced through a traditional program.

COHORT 2

Kanesha Barnes-Adams
Watson Chapel Junior High, Watson Chapel School District

7-9 ELA/History Instructional Specialist

Bachelor of Art, Criminal Justice
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Master of Science, Educational Psychology
Oklahoma State University

The Impact Arkansas Fellowship” has allowed me to build a community with aspiring leaders across the state. This opportunity has added so much value to my professional learning network. Prior to Impact, I visioned being a school leader, and now through impact my vision is been made a reality.

Tyneshia Adaway
Mabelvale Elementary

4th Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 2011

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has given me the opportunity and support I need to grow as a leader.

Cindy Bever
Fairview Elementary School, Camden Fairview School District

Math Facilitator K-1st grade

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Henderson State University, 2004

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has provided me with support and guidance as I continue my educational journey. IMPACT has enabled me to uncover and develop my leadership ability.

Kasey Eller
Mann Magnet Middle School, Little Rock School District

Mathematics Instructional Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Middle Childhood Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2004

Master of Education, Secondary Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2010

The support and collaboration found within the IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is beyond compare. I am surrounded by people who are making meaningful changes in education. They inspire and challenge me to do the same.

Samantha Fant
Horatio Public Schools

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Bachelor of Art, Middle Childhood Education- Math and Science
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2012

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has allowed me to pen my learning network and meet people from all over that are facing similar problems. The one-to-one coaching has allowed me to grow in areas that I didn’t even see as a struggle. The relationships I have made with my cohort are ones that will last a lifetime.

Aimee Freeman
Multi-Site Elementary Literacy Facilitator, Little Rock School District

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2012

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has helped me reflect on myself as a teacher leader. It has made me more confident in my leadership abilities and more focused. IMPACT has taught me how to think outside of the box and to become a change agent for my school and district.

Ami Griggs
Fairview Elementary School, Fort Smith Public Schools

Title 1 Elementary Specialist

Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Central Arkansas, 2001

Master of Arts in TESOL (Teachering English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Arkansas Tech University, 2008

National Board Certified Teacher, Literacy:Early/Middle Childhood, 2015

The amount of support and guidance provided to IMPACT Fellows like myself is unparalleled. The IMPACT Fellowship is giving me the skills and expertise to become the effective leader I want to be for my district, my school, and my students.

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Ruth Harnish
Baseline Academy, Little Rock School District

Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Arkansas, 2014

Master of Arts in Teaching
University of Arkansas, 2015

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has given me a great amount of support and coaching in the area of educational leadership. They are helping me to develop and transition into a confident and prepared leader within my building and out.

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Hazel Harris
Booker Arts Magnet School, Little Rock School District

Behavior Interventionist

Bachelor of Science in Education
East Carolina University

Being a part of the IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program has helped me to grow as an instructional leader.  This program has given me the tools to better support adult learners.

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Jenna Jones
Baseline Academy, Little Rock School District 

5th Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Art in Vocal Music Education
Harding University, 2008

I am grateful to be an IMPACT fellow, growing with and learning from the talented leaders within my cohort.  We all have different areas of expertise and through the process of the IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program, we make each other stronger.

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Katie Osborne
Daisy Bates Elementary School, Little Rock School District

4th Grade Literacy Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
Arkansas Tech University, 2012

I have learned so much practical teaching and school changing information. I have become a better classroom teacher and teacher leader because of this program. It is an amazing experience to get to be an IMPACT Fellow.

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Teena Trammell
Mountain View Elementary, Mountain View School District

Reading Interventionist/Dyslexia

Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Central Arkansas, 1996

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program provides opportunities to grow as a leader.  Great leaders establish core values, such as honesty and respectfulness, and encouraging the team to follow these values by setting an example.  The leaders at IMPACT Arkansas embody such traits. I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing program!

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Kristina Varnell
Kingsland Elementary, Cleveland County School District

4th and 5th Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
University of Central Arkansas, 2009

Master of Science in Education, Educational Theory and Practice
Arkansas State University, 2014

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is building my confidence to become an effective leader. The program is giving me the skills that I need to affect change in my district, and the one-on-one coaching personalizes learning that can’t be offered in a traditional program.

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Paula Jean Vasquez
Little Rock School District

District ESOL and Language Acquisition Specialist

Bachelor of Arts, ESOL
University of Central Arkansas, 2000

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has given me the opportunity to build a network with other impassioned educators eager to confront the challenges of teaching and learning in many schools in economically disadvantaged and underserved communities in Arkansas. The program has helped me develop and strengthen my own leadership identity, empowering me to be more courageous in advocating for and promoting the right of every student in Arkansas to have access to meaningful, high quality education delivered by highly qualified educators who believe they can learn and are invested in their success.

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COHORT 3

Destiny Baxter
Central Elementary, Dumas Public School District
Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Arkansas,at Monticello 2008

Master of Science in Education- Special Education-Gifted, Talented, and Creative
Arkansas,State University 2013

Being a part of IMPACT has made a tremendous difference in my life. IMPACT has helped me become confident in my ability to work in a leadership position. The program has allowed me to push myself out of my comfort zone and strive to make a difference wherever I go in life. Through the program, I have acquired the skills to work with adult learners successfully, in hopes that they can go out and make an “IMPACT” on Arkansas’ students’ lives.

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Rhiannon Cabaniss
Dermott School District

English Teacher 7th-12th grade

Bachelor of Arts, English
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2006

Master of Arts in Teaching
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2014

The IMPACT program will make me a better teacher and a better leader.

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Andrew Camp
Stuttgart School District

Mathematics Instructor

Bachelor of Science Sociology- Inequality and Social Justice
University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2015

Masters of Science in Education- Educational Studies
Johns Hopkins University, 2018

The IMPACT fellowship fills the gap between my prior development as a classroom teacher and my desire to affect school and district-level change focused on what’s best for students.”

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Jimmy Castillejo
Stuttgart School District

Mathematics Instructor

Bachelor of Arts, History
University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

IMPACT fellowship is helping us become  transformative leaders by collaborating with other educators and through rigorous training in order to make a lasting impact in the education field.

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Andrea Brooks Ford
Little Rock School District

School Counselor

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
Philander Smith College

Master of Art of Teaching, Early Childhood
University of Central Arkansas

Master of Science, School Counselor
University of Central Arkansas

The IMPACT AR Fellowship has helped me understand the importance of great leadership and has given me the tools to become a more focused and well balanced leader.

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Kristie Fowler
McGehee School District
4th Grade Math and Science

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 1999

2016 McGehee Elementary Educator of the Year

October 2017 VYVE McGehee Teacher of the Month

I am so honored for the opportunity to be an IMPACT fellow. It is so refreshing to be surrounded by people who are driven to see changes in education. The collaboration and support provided by this program is beyond compare.

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Laura Gray
William Jefferson Clinton Primary, Hope School District
ESL Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish
Southern Arkansas University, 2005

National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood 2015.

The IMPACT AR Fellowship has provided me tools and opportunity to impact not only the present, but the future of education. Encouragement and support from IMPACT AR and the Teacher Leadership Institute has prepared me to no longer watch education change, but to be an active part of that change.

 

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Brandi Hardcastle
White County Central School District

K-12 Literacy Instructional Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
Arkansas State University, 2003

Master of Science in Education, Elementary
Arkansas State University, 2007

National Board Certified Teacher, 2012

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is providing me with the tools I need to become a better leader. I enjoy the relationships being built with colleagues and the positive support.

Larry Harris
Central Elementary, Dumas New Tech High School
Dumas School District
K-2 Physical Education Teacher
Senior Boys Head Basketball Coach 10-12

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 1999

Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2002

Master of Art in Teaching
University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2009

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has given me a strong support group, and the opportunity to develop and grow into an effective future leader. This program has given me the proper guidance and tools to better support adult learners.

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Brittany Ibarra
Central Elementary School, Van Buren School District
Special Education Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Elementary 9K-6) and Special Education (K-12)
Geneva College, 2012

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is giving me the tools to be an effective leader in my school from my current position as a teacher.  The program offers a great support system from the cohorts, who all have diverse experiences and knowledge to share.

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Kelli Kamanga
Mann Magnet Middle School, Little Rock School District

Special Education Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Special Education
Vanderbilt University, 2000

Master of Education, Gifted and Talented
Arkansas State University, 2015

The Impact Fellowship has provided me with an opportunity to grow as a teacher leader.  I have learned so much already.  I look forward to sharing what I have learned and having an impact in the school in which I teach.

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Kelly Klober
Danville School District

Elementary Principal

Bachelor of Science
Arkansas Tech University, 1988

Master of Education
Arkansas Tech University, 1992

Master of Education
Arkansas Tech University, 2005

National Board Certified

Library Media Specialist of the Year, 2016

IMPACT AR Fellowship has provided me tools to become a more effective and empowered leader within my school. It has also provided me a cohort of lifelong learners/leaders from across the state. Being an IMPACT Fellow is an experience as well as an opportunity of a lifetime for me!.

Stacey Moore
Van Buren High School, Van Buren School District

Curriculum Support/Dyslexia Interventionist

Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education
University of Arkansas, 1991

2001 Arkansas PTA Teacher of the Year

IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is providing me with a wealth of knowledge around school leadership.  In addition, it is allowing me to put my new learning into practice within my own district. With the coaching and feedback I will receive, I feel confident that I can make an “IMPACT” for our students.

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Nanette Patino
Baseline Academy, Little Rock School District

ESOL Specialist

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology and Spanish
College of New Rochelle, New York, 2001

Master in Elementary Education
Lehman College, 2001

ESOL Endorsement 2017

The IMPACT Fellowship Program has been the conduit to attaining a higher degree of leadership skills that has expanded and invigorated my passion for education both locally and globally.

Brandolyn Peterson
Springdale School District
Instructional Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
John Brown University, 2010

Master of Science in Education, Educational Theory and Practice
Arkansas State University, 2011

National Board Certified Teacher: English as a New Language Early and Middle Childhood, 2017

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is helping me to be a more reflective and effective leader in my school. The program is made of real people inspiring me to be the best leader that I can be”

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Kate Slenzak
Stuttgart High School, Stuttgart School District

9th Grade Keystone and Critical Reading Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and International Studies
Arcadia University, 2015

The IMPACT Fellowship has provided me with an excellent opportunity to grow and learn within the familiar context of the school and community I have and will continue to serve.

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Tia Smith
Central Elementary School, Van Buren School District
Assistant Principal

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
University of  Arkansas, Fort Smith, 2005

Master of Science in Education, Literacy
University of  Arkansas, Little Rock, 2009

Central Elementary School Teacher of the Year, 2013
National Board Certified Teacher, Literacy: Early/Middle Childhood, 2017

Being an IMPACT Fellow has equipped me with opportunities to increase my confidence as a teacher leader in my building.  I am able to make informed decisions that will have a profound impact on teacher and student learning.  I am so incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to be a part of the IMPACT Program.

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Dudley Webb, III
Hot Springs Intermediate School, Hot Springs School District

6th Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Criminology
Arkansas State University, 2009

Masters of Public Administration
Arkansas State University, 2010

Masters of Teaching
Henderson State University, 2013

Hot Springs School District Teacher of the Year 2017

Arkansas Professional Licensure State Board member – Present

Arkansas Teacher Leaders Advisory Group – Present

The IMPACT program has given me the most elite educational resources and tools to be of the best service to the students, faculty, staff, and other school stakeholders within the school community. I have clear vision of how effective professionalism and leadership can impact all participants in a school community.

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LaKeta S. Weston
Mabelvale Elementary School, Little Rock School District

Reading Interventionist

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Louisiana State University at Alexandria, 2007

Masters of Science, Educational Studies K-12
Capella University, 2010

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has allowed me to strengthen the areas where I struggle in leadership.  It has also helped me become more confident as a leader where I can support other teachers within my district.

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COHORT 4

Katrina Alumbaugh
Stewart Elementary, Forrest City School District
3rd Grade ELA

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Harding University, 2008
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

I am honored to have been chosen for The IMPACT Leadership program. This opportunity has allowed me to gain the confidence in myself that I have been lacking. Starting this program, being a strong teacher leader was my mind set. As I have continued, my professional growth has exceeded my expectations. I feel confident that I will pursue a career in administration. I am thrilled to be able to take what I have learned from this program and apply it to my district.

Leslie Battles
Marvin Primary, Mulberry Pleasant View Bi-County District
First Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, University of Central Oklahoma, 1993
Master Of Education, Specialty in Library Media, Arkansas Tech University, 2013
National Board Certified Teacher, 2018
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT program has allowed me to build a personal network of positive Arkansas educators. It has helped me focus my skills on best practice and grow as a leader.

Sammie Beene
Nemo Vista Elementary School
Math Instructional Facilitator/RTI/Technology Coordinator 

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Henderson State University, 1995
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Leadership program has allowed me to create a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable throughout my career as an educator, giving me the knowledge and guidance to address the challenges that we are faced with in today’s educational world.

Traci Birkes
Lincoln Elementary, Lincoln Consolidated School District
Instructional Facilitator

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Iowa, 1998
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is providing me with unparalleled personalized support to strengthen my leadership abilities.  Leaders of the program are meeting me where I’m at and uncovering strengths I didn’t know I had.

Erin Bradley
White County Central Elementary, White County Central School District
3rd grade teacher 

Bachelor of Arts General Studies-Humanities, Harding University, 2013
Masters of Arts in Teaching with Licensure (P-4), Harding University, 2014
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT program is preparing me to be a better teacher leader within my school community.  I am learning how to serve my school and the community that I work in, while making positive, lasting relationships with the people in my cohort.

Alexa Brown
Central Elementary, Van Buren School District
5th Grade Teacher, Parent Involvement Coordinator

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, 5/6 Grade Endorsement, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, 2015
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program has provided me with the knowledge and experiences necessary to grow as an effective teacher leader, and better serve my students, school, and community.

Chassidy Caraway
Herbert Carter Global Community, Marion School District
Third Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Arkansas State University, 2014
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Fellowship program has equipped me with the confidence and tools to become a better leader in my school and in my community.  “The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.” –Henry Kissinger

Chelsea Collins
Angie Grant Elementary, Benton Public Schools
Math Specialist

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2012
Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2014
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship is allowing me to  build confidence in my ability to be a teacher leader. I am developing the skills to make knowledgeable decisions to positively impact the staff and students in my school.  I am grateful that the IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program is designed to provide the necessary support of program leaders and fellows to push me to become a more impactful leader of students and adults within my school community.

Ashdon Floyd
Mann Magnet Middle School, Little Rock School District
6th Grade English Teacher

Bachelor of Art, Sociology, Arkansas State University, 2012
Master of Art in Teaching, Arkansas State University, 2019
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship Program has given me the opportunity to expand my learning network and helped me reflect on my current role as a teacher leader. The program consistently pushes me out of my comfort zone. IMPACT helps me strive to be a change agent in my building. The Leadership Academy and collaboration amongst like minded educational leaders is incomparable.

Sarah George
University Heights Elementary, Nettleton Public Schools
First Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Arkansas State University, 2007
Master of Science in Education, Reading, Arkansas State University, 2010
National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading Language Arts Early and Middle Childhood, 2011
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has provided me support and guidance as I continue to grow and develop my leadership skills. The opportunity to build a network and collaborate with other passionate educators has helped me think with an open mind and has inspired me to become a change agent for my students, school, and district.

Bud Hamley-Wallace
Future School of Fort Smith
Advisor, World History, Civics, Economics

Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2012
Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2013
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has rekindled my own personal growth mindset. It makes me question my why every single day and grow as a teacher and a learner.

Jan Hill
Central Elementary, Dumas Public School District
K-2 Academic Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, The University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2007
Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Arkansas State University, 2016
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program has provided an extensive amount of support and tools needed to help build my confidence to become an effective leader.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with a professional network of cohorts that share the same passion for making an impact on student achievement.

Sarah Hoskyn
Jonesboro Kindergarten Center, Jonesboro Public Schools
Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Arkansas State University, 2008
Master of Science in Education, Theory and Practice, Arkansas State University, 2013
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

I am honored to be a chosen member of the  IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship. The process has pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to look through a leader’s lens.  The relationships I have gained are invaluable. I am thankful to be a part of such a passionate learning community.

Janelle Kerns
County Line Elementary School
School Counselor
Title I Literacy Facilitator 3rd-6th
Family Engagement Coordinator
ELL District Coordinator
504 Coordinator

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, 2005
Master of Education in Counseling and School Leadership, Arkansas Tech University, 2014
National Board Certified Teacher, Early and Middle Childhood: Literacy: Reading and Language Arts, 2012
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

I am humbled to be a part of the Impact Fellowship. The challenge of the learning and the new professional connections have expanded my ability to better serve my students, peers, and community.

April Moore
Future School of Fort Smith, Future School of Fort Smith District
Internship Director, DTC, Americorp Project Manager, Adjunct Supervisor

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Organizational Management, John Brown University, 2008
Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Central Arkansas, 2010
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

I am both blessed and humbled to be an Impact Fellow. The ability and encouragement to collaborate with growth minded school leaders is transformative in developing my leadership skills. This will allow me to build capacity and sustainability in my own school so that I may better serve my students, peers, students’ parents, and community.

Shane Sanderson
Hackett High School
10th – 11th Grade English & Vocal Music Teacher

Bachelor of Music Education – University of Central Arkansas, 1999
Master of Music, Choral Conducting – University of Arkansas, 2006
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Leadership program has helped me to sharpen my vision for education as we prepare for the classroom of tomorrow.  In addition to giving me valuable skills to improve my own teaching in the classroom, it has also equipped me with tools that I can share with fellow educators to enhance teaching and reflection on teaching.  It is my sincere desire to take what I have learned and, as a building-level leader, guide others to teaching excellence.

Adriane Smith
Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School
Principal

Bachelor of Science-Elementary Education/Middle School Language Art-University of Montevallo, 2001
Master of Arts-Curriculum and Instruction-University of Phoenix, 2006
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

My journey to leadership has not been a traditional one, so participating in the IMPACT program has helped me to be a more confident leader.  The IMPACT program has been effectively designed, not leaving any detail to chance. A three-pronged approach of the Teacher Leadership Institute, classroom experiences, and internship/coaching is enhancing my development as a leader.  As a result of my personal development, I am seeing growth in my school. The support received is truly the best professional learning I have ever received, because it is always relevant and immediately applicable.

Kimberly Soto
Fairview and Morrison Elementary, Fort Smith Public Schools
Physical Education and Health Teacher

Non Traditional Teaching License, Department of Education, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 2010
Bachelors of Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, Arkansas, August 2007
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program has empowered me to become a teacher leader within my schools. The tools and resources that I have gained will allow me to grow professionally and lead me down a path of leadership. I am thankful for the opportunities that the IMPACT program has provided.

Heather Weaver
Jonesboro Public Schools
PreK Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Ouachita Baptist University, 2007
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2020

IMPACT has encouraged and nurtured the leadership skills I had, to help me become a more confident and better equipped school leader in a very personal and meaningful way.

COHORT 5

Kristie Betancur
Two Rivers Elementary School
K-4 Literacy Coach

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations & Marketing, Troy University, 1997
Masters in Business Administration, University of Redlands, 2000
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship  program continues to make a daily impact on my experiences as an educator. The expertise of the IMPACT coaches, knowledge of professors of pertinent content, and the support system of colleagues to grow with have made IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship one of the BEST decisions I have made in regards to my career. Their expectations are high, but so are the rewards!

Angela J. Dixon
Friendship Aspire Academy Pine Bluff -Friendship Aspire Public Charter School District
Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Bachelors of Arts, Elementary Education, Tuskegee University, 2011
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has strengthened my leadership skills, and provided me with a wealth of strategies and tools to implement as a leader. The IMPACT fellowship has also reinvigorated my passion to be a change agent within the field of education.

Julie Ferguson
Cedarville Elementary, Cedarville Public Schools
Third Grade Literacy

Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education, University of North Texas, 1996
Master of Educational Technology, University of Arkansas, 2005
Master of Reading, Arkansas State University, 2018
National Board Certified Teacher, Early and Middle Childhood Literacy, 2018
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has shown me the importance of making my voice as a school leader heard. It has also given me the tools I need to be a productive school leader.

Stacey Gaddis
Mineral Springs Elementary, Mineral Springs School District
6th Grade Math

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2007
Master of Science in Education, Gifted, Talented, and Creative, Arkansas State University, 2013
National Board Certified- CTE, 2019
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has provided me with resources and tools to become a more effective teacher and leader. This program has given me the confidence to step outside my normal box and look for opportunities to pursue. I am grateful for the support I have received from the coaches and fellows. This has been an amazing experience!

Elizabeth Graves
Main Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School- Hot Springs School District
First Grade Teacher

Associates of Arts Degree in General Studies
Bachelor of Science in Education- Early Childhood Education
Master of Education- Special Education
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship encompasses more than just preparing future leaders. IMPACT grows people. It ignites fire into a human’s ability to develop in every way. The relationships and supports with this program are paramount. You dig deep, you rise above, and you become the best version of yourself to serve as a leader anywhere your path takes you.

Tiffany Harper
Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville North Pulaski School District
Oral Communications, Journalism, & Creative Writing (9-12)

Bachelor of Science, Secondary English Education, Arkansas Tech University, 2013
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has prepared me to be a more effective leader. The projects, coursework, and professional development combined with the one-on-one coaching make this program unique from traditional programs. My confidence as a leader has increased as I have expanded my personal learning network and gained new resources and skills that will allow me to have a meaningful impact in my position. I am honored to be an IMPACT Arkansas Fellow.

Anita Hart-McNair
Capital City Lighthouse Charter School, Arkansas Lighthouse Academies
5th Grade ELA/History Teacher & SUMMIT Learning Instructional Coach

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of Arkansas Little Rock, 2013
Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Arkansas Little Rock, 2017
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has helped to further ignite my passion for education and my passion for being a lifelong learner. The tools, resources, and practices I have been able to add to my toolkit will allow me to become a more effective leader.

Erika Hubbard
KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School
School Director

Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies and Earth and Environmental Science, Wesleyan University, 2014
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has helped me develop my leadership capacity by refining my adaptive and technical skills. As a result of this experience, I am confident in my ability to affect change within my school community.

Jessica N. Jeffers
Hot Springs Junior Academy, Hot Springs School District
Librarian (7-9)

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Henderson State University, 2009
Masters of Library Science in Library Science, Sam Houston State University, 2016
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

As an IMPACT Fellow I have gained the support, tools, grace, and encouragement necessary to become an effective leader. I have not only grown professionally from this program, but personally as well. I am beyond grateful to this program’s staff for seeing the potential in me before I saw it in myself.

Sherrie Jones
Carroll Smith Elementary, Osceola, AR
1st Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Arkansas State University, 2012
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has allowed me the opportunity to expand my knowledge to facilitate adult learning, grow my professional network, and understand the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) for children and adults. I have the confidence now to initiate and lead learners in their journey.

Sara Kennedy
Monitor Elementary, Springdale School District
Instructional Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
English as a Second Language Endorsement, 2007
National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Early and Middle Childhood, 2010
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has given me the leadership experience and confidence I needed to be an effective and dynamic leader in my current position as well as the knowledge I need to continue to pursue my passion in educational leadership.

Jennifer Lassiter
Lonoke Elementary School, Lonoke School District
Third grade science teacher

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1999
National Board Certified Teacher, 2014
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has given me the knowledge and experience to be a more confident teacher leader. I am making professional connections with amazing teachers and leaders from all over Arkansas. I am grateful for the opportunity the Fellowship program has afforded me.

Rosanna Mhlanga
Capital City Lighthouse Charter School
Principal

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Tuskegee University, 2010
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Argosy University, 2013
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

Having a coach through the IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship program has been a rewarding experience for me. I was able to navigate through my second year in administration with an experienced educator and former principal, that walked side-by-side with me throughout my school year, and throughout this graduate program.

John Osborn
Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School, Pine Bluff Lighthouse District, Arkansas Lighthouse Academies
K – 8 Principal

BA Mathematics, Ave Maria University 2015
Masters in Secondary Education, Grand Canyon University, 2017
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has helped me discover my strengths and areas of growth as a school leader. It has provided me with meaningful relationships, countless tools, resources, and ideas that have already made a positive impact on myself and my school community.

Jenni Phomsithi
Danville School District
Director of Instruction and Federal Programs

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Central Arkansas, 2000
Masters of Arts in Education, University of Arkansas at Monticello, 2006
Education Specialist in Curriculum, Arkansas State University, 2017
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has been incredibly fulfilling. Thanks to the fellowship, I’ve learned strategies from cohort fellows, coaches, professors, and TLI staff that I can take back and implement in my school district. My thinking has been challenged, and through reflection I’ve grown into a stronger educator and advocate for staff and students.

Jessica Ramirez
Lakeside Jr. High School, Springdale School District
Social Studies, 9th grade

Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Arkansas, 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, University of Arkansas, 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, University of Arkansas, 2016
Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Arkansas, 2017
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has empowered me to lead. I was challenged, I grew, and I reflected on my practices as an educator and as a leader.

Christian Storm
Danville High School, Danville School District
High School Physical and Earth Science Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Physical and Earth Science Education, Arkansas Tech University, 2014
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has empowered me, as an aspiring educational leader, to have a voice of change for the betterment of all learners.

Kala Thornton
Hermitage High School, Hermitage School District
English Teacher, Grades 9, 11, & 12

Bachelor of Arts & Humanities, Literature Concentration, University of Arkansas Monticello, 2012
Masters of Arts in Teaching, University of Arkansas, Monticello, 2013
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has provided me with an outstanding educational opportunity that has allowed me to craft my leadership skills, become more reflective of myself in order to address my areas of growth, and provided me with the support and tools necessary to become a skilled leader.

Labrada Vann
Horatio High School
Dean of Students/Data Coach

Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Southern Arkansas University, 2008
Master of Science in Teaching, Educational Theory and Practice, Arkansas State University, 2013
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has pushed me outside my comfort zone and beyond any expectations, I had set for myself as a leader. It has been so much more than I expected, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great program with great coaches who help push me to be the best leader I can be.

Grover L Welch
Newport High School Newport Special School District
9-12 English

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Arkansas State University, 2013
Masters of Reading Arkansas State University, 2016
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

IMPACT has helped me reflect on my practice as an educator and a leader. I have grown to understand the demands of instructional leadership and how to better work with educators to benefit students.

Darius Young
Premier High School North Little Rock, Responsive Ed
Assistant Campus Director & Math Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Health, Arkansas State University, 2017
Coaching endorsement K-12, 2017
Middle School Math 4-8, 2019
Masters of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, 2021

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has taught me how to be a better leader within my school and community. The training and coaching I received was excellent. This process has taught me to analyze every situation with an open-mindset. I have enjoyed this journey of becoming a transformative leader.