LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Education on Thursday announced 15 regional finalists for 2015 Teacher of the Year.

LITTLE ROCK — The state Department of Education on Thursday announced 15 regional finalists for 2015 Teacher of the Year.


The finalists are:


— Amy Becker, fourth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Noble/Allbritton Elementary School in the Hamburg School District.


—Jason Bridges, 10th-12th grade Advanced Placement calculus and AP world history teacher at Greenwood High School.


—Donna C. Dillahunty, fifth-grade English language arts teacher at Marion Intermediate School.


—Larry Cornelius Dunn, seventh-12th grade vocal music teacher at Magnolia Junior High School and Magnolia High School.


—Kathy Glewen, fifth-grade literacy teacher at Southwest Middle School in the Searcy School District.


—Lindsay S. Griffin, sixth-grade literacy teacher at Greenbrier Middle School.


—Steven Helmick, fifth-grade teacher at Don. R. Roberts Elementary School in the Little Rock School District.


—Tifanie King, kindergarten teacher at Wonder Elementary School in the West Memphis School District.


—Jayna Moffit, seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in the Bentonville School District.


—William K. Morelan, seventh-12th grade English and journalism teacher at Oark High School in the Jasper School District.


—Ouida R. Newton, seventh-12th grade math teacher at Poyen High School.


—Cheryl L. Smith, sixth-grade math teacher at Meekins Middle School in the Stuttgart School District.


—Mary Smith, ninth-12th grade business education teacher at Walnut Ridge High School in the Lawrence County School District.


—Betty Thornton, 10th-12th grade English and Spanish teacher at Calico Rock High School.


—Denise Ward, kindergarten-fourth grade physical education teacher at Kilpatrick Elementary School in the Texarkana Arkansas School District.


Gov. Mike Beebe will recognize the regional finalists in a Sept. 16 ceremony at the state Capitol. The top four finalists will be announced at the event.


Each regional finalist will receive a $1,000 award. The 2015 Teacher of the Year, to be named later, will receive an additional $14,000. The awards are funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.