LITTLE ROCK — Fourteen teachers have been named regional finalists for 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the year, the state Department of Education said Wednesday.


The finalists are:


—Jennifer Andrews, fourth-grade math and science teacher at Walnut Ridge Elementary School.


—Susan Bucher, kindergarten-fourth-grade music teacher at McRae Elementary School.


—Heather Carr, kindergarten-fourth-grade visual art teacher at College Hill Elementary School in Texarkana.


—Anita Cegers-Coleman, fifth-seventh-grade keyboarding and business education teacher at Ruth Doyle Middle School in Conway.


—Courtney Cochran, 10th-12th-grade Spanish teacher at Van Buren High School.


—Julia Crane, kindergarten-fifth-grade English as a second language teacher at Monitor Elementary School in Springdale.


—Adriane Duke, eighth-ninth-grade math teacher at Annie Camp Junior High School in Jonesboro.


—Amy Griffin, pre-kindergarten teacher at Park Avenue Elementary School in Stuttgart.


—Emily Henne, ninth-12th-grade social studies teacher at Cotter High School.


—Brian Leonard, 11th-12th-grade AP statistics and AP calculus teacher at Lake Hamilton High School.


—Emma Mateo, kindergarten-fifth-grade literacy and math teacher at Otter Creek Elementary School in Little Rock.


—Cherilyn Minnis, 12th-grade English teacher at Academies of West Memphis.


—Denise Phillips, first-grade teacher at East Side Elementary School in Magnolia.


—Charre Todd, seventh-eighth-grade science and STEM teacher at Crossett Middle School.


The Arkansas Teacher of the Year program, part of the National Teacher of the Year program, recognizes teachers who demonstrate strong teaching and leadership skills. This year’s regional finalists will receive a $1,000 award.


Four state semi-finalists will be announced at a Sept. 28 ceremony. A selection committee will then conduct site visits to observe the teachers in the classroom and interview the teachers and school administrators.


The 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year will be announced later this fall. The winner will receive an additional $14,000 award.


The awards are made possible by a grant provided by the Walton Family Foundation, a longtime supporter of the program.