Mr. Shedrich Franklin, a fifth and sixth grade social studies teacher at College Hill Middle School, was recently named as an Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist. On Tuesday, September 17, Governor Asa Hutchinson will recognize the fifteen state finalists during an awards ceremony at the Arkansas State Capitol. As a regional finalist, Mr. Franklin will receive a cash award in the amount of $1000.
In 1999, Mr. Franklin graduated from Southern Nazarene University (SNU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in language arts, social studies, science and math. He also received his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 2003 from SNU. Mr. Franklin began his teaching career at Western Village Academy in Oklahoma. He joined the Razorback family in 2012.
“I am extremely honored to be recognized as a Regional Finalist along-side other educators across the state,” commented Mr. Franklin. Mr. Franklin believes a teacher must take an active approach and responsibility for the education of his or her students. With continuing education and by staying current with new ideas and systems, he believes a teacher should use all means necessary and helpful in the classroom. “Classroom management is key to teaching and learning.”
Mr. Franklin is described by his colleagues as a “gentle giant” who has a special rapport with fellow staff members as well as students. “Mr. Franklin is a dedicated and passionate teacher who brings energy and innovation to his classroom,” stated superintended Dr. Becky Kesler. “He is committed to the success of all of his students, and helps prepare them for the future.”