“If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come from strong, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” Barbara Colorse
By: Jon Wellman & Carlos Chicas
Photos: Courtesy of ALE Conference team.
2018 Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators was held in Rogers, Arkansas at the John Q. Hammons convention center, July 8-10th. Alternative educators from the entire state of Arkansas came together to participate in professional development to enhance the programs in their classrooms.
Teachers had the privilege of listening to multiple world-class speakers such as Scarlett Lewis, Roy Juarez Jr., and Dr. Buddy Berry. These individuals spoke of their personal childhood experiences and the need for alternative education to continue to help struggling students in today’s environment.
The story shared by Roy Juarez Jr was inspirational to may Latino educators in attendance. He shared his childhood and all of the struggles that he faced in life. His presentation was titled “My Bag, My Home.” The crow in attendance gave Mr. Juarez a standing ovation at the end of his presentation. He cried, he laughed, and made us remember that all of our students have their own personal bag and that sometimes they are carrying it into the classroom. All we have to do as an educator is listen to our students. In one of her books Barbara Colorse says “If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come from strong, functioning families, it makes our job more important.”
During breakout sessions, teachers also had the opportunity to gather program ideas and projects for their classroom from fellow teachers.
2018 AAAE Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Sharron Warren
Mrs. Shannon Warren was nominated as alternative teacher of the year by her principal Mr. Sieben Morgan. She was awarded this honor at the 19th annual Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators in Rogers, AR. Mrs. Warren is employed by the Scranton High School and has been in education for 26 years. Mrs. Warren stated, “What I try to do in my program is take young people and help them grow into people who one day will surprise you too.”
2018 Administrator of the Year: Mr. Terry Taylor
Mr. Terry Taylor was nominated as Alternative Administrator of the year by his Superintendent Becky Kelser. Mr. Taylor is employed by the Texarkana School District. He has 33 years’ experience in the field of education. Each day he shows compassion, leadership, and caring for all his staff and students.
Both persons were nominated by their fellow collogues who had nothing but praise for each for the hard work they do to help their students.
You can check out the list of Keynotes and Breakout Session speakers on our AAAE Website www.arkaltedu.org