2017 Cohort

  • Jill Carlson

    ELA Teacher
    Hope High School
    Hope School District

  • Laren Childers

    Science Teacher
    Dermott High School
    Dermott School District

  • Dedrick Cross

    Social Studies Teacher
    Dollarway Middle School
    Dollarway School District

  • Emily Ferrington

    Elementary Teacher
    James Matthews Elementary School
    Dollarway School District

  • Breanna Franklin

    Art Teacher
    Blytheville Middle School
    Blytheville School District

  • Shane Gosselink

    Social Studies Teacher
    Lakeside High School
    Lakeside School District

  • Kelsey Gourd

    ELA Teacher
    Palestine-Wheatley High School
    Palestine-Wheatley School District

  • Moriah Houser

    Science Teacher
    Strong High School
    Strong-Huttig School District

  • Kerri Lee

    Math Teacher
    Robert F. Morehead Middle School
    Dollarway School District

  • Kandace McDonald

    ELA Teacher
    Blytheville Middle School
    Blytheville School District

  • Addie Pittman

    ELA Teacher
    West Junior High School
    West Memphis School District

  • Jessica Rayner

    Math Teacher
    Robert F. Morehead Middle School
    Dollarway School District

  • Ta′Nessa Robinson

    Elementary Teacher
    Meadow Park Elementary School
    North Little Rock School District

  • Sarah Sabin

    ELA Teacher
    West Junior High School
    West Memphis School District

  • Kallie Simmons

    ELA Teacher
    Stewart Elementary School
    Forrest City School District

  • Bernard Smith

    Math Teacher
    Blytheville High School
    Blytheville School District

  • Tyler Swanson

    Math Teacher
    Palestine-Wheatley High School
    Palestine-Wheatley School District

  • Ben Vernosky

    Math Teacher
    Hope High School
    Hope School District

  • Aaron Wood

    Science Teacher
    Osceola STEM Academy
    Osceola School District

2017 Fellow Spotlights

Kandace McDonald

Kandace McDonald

“Teaching has been my passion since I began in 2006.”
Kandace McDonald is a new ATC teacher from Blytheville, Arkansas. She graduated Cum Laude from Philander Smith College with her Bachelor of Arts in English. Kandace will be teaching English at Blytheville High School in the fall. Education has always been at the center of Kandace’s professional life. Prior to being an ATC teacher, she...
Ben Vernosky

Ben Vernosky

“I believe that it is the essential task put forth to all teachers to be someone that children can rely on and feel safe around.”
Ben Vernosky is a new ATC teacher from Valparaiso, Indiana who is interested in teaching High School Math, Science, or Social Studies. Ben graduated from Purdue University where he majored in General Education. Ben has experience working with children as: A member of SEED (Students in Education Enhancing Diversity) at Purdue, a program in which...
Laren Childers

Laren Childers

“Science and math do not have to be scary subjects. Science is all around us and bringing chemistry and math to everyday activities is my goal.”
Laren Childers, a new ATC teacher from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M. He is a retired Chemical Engineer and he recently completed a five year overseas assignment. He has worked as a scientist and engineer for 30+ years. Among other successes he...
Tyler Swanson

Tyler Swanson

“I’ve always wanted to join a profession where I felt like I was giving back.”
Tyler Swanson graduated from the University of Arkansas in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. Tyler will be teaching Math at Palestine High School. Tyler has worked at J.B. Hunt and Tyson as a dispatcher. He also volunteered and interned at a sheriff’s department working alongside jailers, civil processors, and...