Fellows

Mark Ditmanson
Lead Hill School District

K-12 Principal (as of June 2017)

Bachelor of Science, Middle-Level Education
Arkansas State University, 2012

Received the 2015 and 2017 “Beating the Odds in Science” awards from the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas for outstanding science exam scores.

Being an IMPACT fellow has allowed me to become a confident leader in my school district.

Channon Streets
David O. Dodd Elementary, 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

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

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

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship’s coursework, internship projects, Teacher Leader Institutes, and one-on-one coaching allows me to work on areas in which I struggle while also encouraging 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
Academies at Jonesboro High School, STEM Academy, Jonesboro Public Schools

Engineering Teacher and Robotics Coach

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

  • 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

5th Grade Teacher

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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
KIPP Delta Public Schools

Alumni Advisor

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

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

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.