BENTONVILLE - Media specialist Ann Ayres asked people in the room to stand up if she had been their teacher at some point in her career.
Nearly a dozen people stood as they applauded Ayres
, who was named the Bentonville School District
Teacher of the Year Thursday night.She
received the honor during the annual Bentonville Public Schools Foundation "Foundations of Excellence"teacher appreciation banquet.
"I've always tried to encourage kids to read, and I've encouraged them to be lifelong learners," Ayres
said with happy tears glistening in her
eyes as she
clutched a bouquet of roses. Robin Wright, the new executive director of the foundation, can testify to the fact that Ayres inspires a love for learning in her students.
...Wright was one of those who stood up, acknowledging that Ayres had been her teacher.
has been offered jobs in other districts, but she
has stayed in Bentonville
because the administration has a heart for all the students' needs.
"They try to do everything they can to help (the students ) succeed," Ayres
was named Teacher of the Year for the entire district.
The teachers of the year for 2007-08 for all the schools are, as follows • Chris Hardwicke, Apple Glen Elementary School
• Andrea Thompson, Centerton-Gamble Elementary School
• Angie Stafford, Central Park Elementary School at Morning Star
• Carol Fry, Cooper Elementary School
• Connie Gempler, Elm Tree Elementary School
• Kenny Timbrel, Mary Mae Jones Elementary School
• Ann Ayres
, Baker Elementary School
• Missi Pittman, Sugar Creek Elementary School
• Natalie George, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
• Christy Ralph, Old High Middle School
• Patty Seal, Ruth Hale Barker Middle School
• Jean Gibson, Spring Hill Middle School
• Deborah Jefferson, Lincoln Junior High School
• Matt Allen, Washington Junior High School; and • Janie Jones, Bentonville High School