LITTLE ROCK — Alexia Weimer, a kindergarten teacher at Avondale Elementary School in the Marion School District, is Arkansas’ 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Governor Mike Beebe made the announcement Monday during an assembly at the school.

Weimer has been a teacher for six years, all of them at Avondale. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

Weimer was nominated for the award by her colleagues, who wrote letters of recommendation to the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee. She has created a reputation for making learning fun by using technology to teach and engage students, the state Department of Education said in a news release.

State law provides for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year recipient to take a year of paid administrative leave to serve in an advisory position as a non-voting member of the state Board of Education and for professional development purposes. Weimer also will meet with legislators and educational organizations on behalf of Arkansas schools.

The award comes with a $15,000 check from the Walton Family Foundation, a sponsor of the Teacher of the Year program.