Gov. Mike Beebe named the top four finalists for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year award Monday, the state Department of Education said in a statement.
Narrowed down from 16 regional finalists, Beebe recognized in a ceremony at the Capitol:
- Jonathan Crossley, a Palestine Wheatley High School English teacher.
- Lisa Gray, a Sunnymede Elementary School teacher in Fort Smith.
- Sue Johnston, an Eagle Mountain Magnet School teacher in Batesville.
- Debra Lamb, a Har-ber High School environmental and special technology teacher in Springdale.
The 16 finalists received a $1,000 check from the Walton Family Foundation, and the top four were awarded a medallion as well, the Education Department said
The award's selection review committee will conduct site visits and interviews with the top four finalists within the next two weeks, the department said. The 2013 Arkansas Teacher of the Year winner will be announced in a surprise event, department officials said.