Biley-Olatunji Named Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist


Mrs. Brigette Biley-Olatunji, a math teacher and math department chair at Arkansas High School, was recently named as an Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) announced the twelve state finalists in a press release issued on Thursday, July 15. The twelve regional finalists will be recognized at an event on August 5 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. During the event, the four state semi-finalists will be announced. As a regional finalist, Mrs. Biley Olatunji will receive a cash award in the amount of $1,000. 

“We are thrilled to have Mrs. Biley-Olatunji represent the Texarkana Arkansas  School District as a regional finalist,” commented Superintendent Dr. Becky  Kesler. “The 2020-2021 school year was uncharted territory and challenging;  however, it was the dedication and determination of teachers like Mrs. Biley Olatunji who helped keep students engaged and learning throughout the school  year.” 

Biley-Olatunji completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Arkansas  University and her Master of Science degree at the University of Arkansas – Little  Rock. She recently completed the required coursework for her doctoral degree at  Texas A&M University – Texarkana and is writing a qualitative dissertation to  determine if there is a relation between college students’ adverse childhood  experience (ACE) scores and academic attainment. Biley-Olatunji joined the  Texarkana Arkansas School District in 2017 and currently teaches mathematics at  Arkansas High School.  

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