Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 24, 2015
PHOTO BY: Gareth Patterson

Sherry Holder, a Pre-AP history teacher at Conway Junior High School, has been participating in National History Day since 2000 and has had several students win state and national honors. Holder was named National History Day’s Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year for the high school level. Two teachers were chosen in Arkansas, and she is in the running for the national honor, which will be announced in June and comes with a $10,000 prize.

‘Very humbling’

Conway Pre-AP history teacher wins state honor

Sherry Holder of Conway has spent most of her life immersed in teaching history, and now she has won an award for her work. Holder, who teaches Pre-AP Arkansas history at Conway Junior High School, received the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award from National History Day. Two state winners are chosen: one high school teacher and one middle school teacher. The honor puts Holder in the running for the National Patricia Behring Tea... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

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FRONT & CENTER

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

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FLAVOR

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CALENDAR

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    May 25 Holiday Closing RUSSELLVILLE — The Hughes Community Center will be closed Monday for observance of the Memorial Day holiday. May 25 and 26 Always a Bridesmaid HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Theatre will present Always a Bridesmaid, a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 1099 W. Pine St. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit Opal’s House. For ... READ MORE