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Cool Schools/Heart of a Teacher

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A new AETN digital first series every Thursday celebrating Arkansas schools and teachers. "Cool Schools" and "Heart of a Teacher" can be found online on Facebook and YouTube. Each week a new group of students, teachers and parents will be our subject, highlighting small and large schools alike, fostering school and community pride throughout the state.


  • Cool Schools: Deca's House of Grounds, Harrison High School
    From crafting beverages to running the register, students at Harrison High School staff and run Deca's House of Grounds. Find out how this unique program provides skills that often translate into after-school jobs and builds responsibility.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Nancy Foot, Hackett Elementary
    For 43 years, Nancy Foot has been a cornerstone of Hackett School District. Find out how her passion for teaching kindergarten has motivated her from her own childhood to today.
  • Cool Schools: Newport High School - Hungry Hound Cafe
    From cooking and service experience to ServSafe certification, Newport High School (Arkansas) offers students real-world experience that helps their job prospects in high school and beyond. See how the Hungry Hound Cafe - a licensed restaurant and one of the state's only Food Production Programs to offer a full dining service - serves the Newport, Arkansas, community.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Anna Ridenour, Western Yell County High School
    Western Yell County High School's Anna Ridenour doesn't just see students in her class, she sees her kids. Find out how she applies what she's learned from raising her own children to help her students succeed.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Kay Wortham, Magazine Elementary School
    Magazine Elementary School's Kay Wortham is a fifth grade science teacher, but the other lessons she teaches - about kindness, generosity and much more - make a lifelong impact on her students.
  • Cool Schools: Gurdon High School - Heavy Machinery Program
    Gurdon is undoubtedly a logging community, and Gurdon Public Schools recognized an unique opportunity to meet local needs and give its students a competitive advantage in the job market with its Heavy Machinery Program.
  • Cool Schools: Alma School District: Airedale Express Mobile Library
    During the summers, Alma School District feeds minds and bellies through the Airedale Express Mobile Library. Learn how the program uncovered needs in the community and expanded to meet them, as well as what they hope other districts can learn from their experience.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Sarah Gober, Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center (AJATC)
    Sarah Gober knows that her students at AJATC are capable and need educators' time, care and understanding. Hear how she's providing an education and stepping into the gap to build relationships with her students.
  • Cool Schools: Fort Smith Public Schools - Grizzly Gear
    From cashiering and inventory to window display design, Fort Smith Public Schools helps students discover talents and develop tools that will lead them into the next stages of their lives.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Courtney Hatfield, Danville Public Schools
    Danville Public Schools's Courtney Hatfield chose teaching because she knew it was where she belonged. See how she goes beyond academics to make a difference in her kids' lives.
  • Cool Schools: Walnut Ridge High School Fire Academy
    Across the United States, communities are experiencing a deficit of fire service volunteers and professionals. See how - in an effort to correct that issue, encourage public service and provide career training - Walnut Ridge High School has created its own Fire Academy Program.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Chaunda Mannis, DeWitt High School
    Just a little "extra" - whether it's encouragement, practice or curriculum tailored to various learning styles - goes a long way when students are transitioning to high school and the next stages of their lives. See how DeWitt High School's Chaunda Mannis makes sure they get that boost.
  • Cool Schools: Apple Seeds, Inc.
    In the garden, on the teaching farm or in the classroom, Fayetteville's Apple Seeds, Inc. is committed to creating moments that can change students' views on food and eating. Learn more about how local schools partner with this non-profit, garden-based education program.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Jodi Taintor - Warren Middle School
    Warren Middle School’s Jodi Taintor teaches math… and so much more. Learn how she supports her students inside and outside ofthe classroom.
  • Cool Schools: Cabot Archery
    In the latest installment of "CoolSchools," Cabot Public School Districtis highlighted for their competitive archery program. This team sport engagesstudents of all ages and interests and has helped with academic motivation.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Cassie Crane, Morrilton High School
    Morrilton Sr. High School'sCassie Crane shares how her favorite teacher inspired her to become aneducator, and how she’s paying those life lessons forward every day.
  • Cool Schools: Cotter Public Schools Shooting Sports Program
    Cotter Public Schools offers a unique opportunity to participate in a team sport - one that engages students who may not have connected with traditional programs in the past.
  • Heart of a Teacher: Kim Hall, Nemo Vista Schools
    What inspires someone to dedicate their lives to teaching? Kim Hall — who has been a fixture at Nemo Vista Schools in Center Ridge, Arkansas, for 28 years — shares what inspires her and what she hopes for her students.
  • Cool Schools: Highland High School - Rebel Bank
    Learning how to manage yourfinances is an essential life skill, and Highland SchoolDistrict gives its students a unique opportunity to put it into practiceearly on with their Rebel Bank.
  • Heart of a Teacher: David Poindexter, Pea Ridge School District
    David Poindexter, a science teacher at Pea Ridge School District, shares his reasons for becoming an educator and how he's helping shape the students of today for their future life choices.
  • Cool Schools: Self-defense at Horatio Public Schools
    In the Horatio Lions School District, students are learning to develop discipline, self-regulate and establish practical skills that will serve them their entire lives. But, these lessons aren’t taking place in a traditional classroom setting.
"Cool Schools" 2019 Silver Telly Winner for Social Video Series-Education & Discovery
"Heart of a Teacher" 2019 Silver Telly Winner for Social Video Series-Education & Discovery

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