Fellows

Mark Ditmanson
Lead Hill School District

K-12 Principal 

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

Received the 2015 and 2016 “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
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

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, 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
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

Academic Interventions Specialist

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
Little Rock Preparatory Academy

Middle School Principal

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.

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 High School, Horatio Public Schools

7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher

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
Terry Elementary, Little Rock School District

3rd Grade Teacher

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.

Aimee Griggs
Fairview Elementary School and Ballman Elementary School, Fort Smith Public Schools

Literacy Instructional Facilitator

Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Central Arkansas, 2001

Master of Arts in TESOL (Teachers 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
Bale Elementary School, Little Rock School District

Instructional Technology Specialist/Lead Teacher

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
Covenant Keepers Charter School

Principal

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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Tammy Moore
Nevada School District

3rd Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Business Administration
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1999

The IMPACT Arkansas Fellowship has helped me to recognize the need for quality leaders within our schools. The program’s focus on individualized coaching and applicable coursework allows me to grow in my current role as a teacher as well as a future leader. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity.

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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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