Susanna Post, a 9-12 Grade Math and Business Technology teacher at Belle Point Alternative Center in Fort Smith, was named as one of the four Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Semi-Finalists. Along with the other regional finalists, Susanna attended a recognition ceremony on July 31 at the Governor’s
Mansion. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key announced Susanna as one of the four teachers selected for the honor.
Susanna said, “No teacher joins this profession seeking awards. We teach because we love kids and want to make a difference. However, it is so exciting to have your hard work recognized in this way. As a state semi-finalist, I feel honored to represent the excellent teaching that we strive for both at Belle Point and across Fort Smith Public Schools.”
“With so many wonderful educators around the state, each year it becomes difficult to narrow the list even more,” Secretary Johnny Key said. “I congratulate these four for their commitment to their
students, communities, and the teaching profession. Each of these outstanding educators serves as a role model of excellence and is deserving of this honor.”
Susanna and the other semi-finalists received a certificate, a medallion, and a $1,000 award provided by the Walton Family Foundation. This September, Belle Point Alternative Center will host the ATOY Selection Committee for a day. The committee will conduct a classroom observation and interviews.
The 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year will be named this fall.