Fellows

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.

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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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 10th-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

K-6 Library Media Specialist

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
Butterfield Trail Middle School, Van Buren School District

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
4th Grade Teacher

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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Kevin Young
Covenant Keepers Charter School

Assistant Principal and EAST Facilitator

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
University of Central Arkansas

Certified Financial Educator

Impact has elevated my ability to become a more effective, poised leader in my school.  I have learned what it takes to be a more evolved change agent within my community and in our ever-changing educational system.

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