2018-19 Teacher of the Year
Ms. Jarrell is a 1980 graduate of De Queen High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2006 from Texas A & M University – Texarkana. Before that she obtained pre-requisites from Texarkana College. She has taught 3rd grade at De Queen Elementary School for the thirteen years she has been teaching. She says, “I am thankful to work with some of the most wonderful colleagues and administration and am proud to work for an award winning district. We work hard and our students work even harder. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to teach. It has been a dream to make a difference in a child’s life. We, as educators, play such an important role in the future by molding and shaping the lives of children. I love my students and their families. I know God has placed each one of them in my path for a reason. I am appreciative of this honor that has been given to me and I will always strive to better myself to make that difference.
Mrs. Terriann Phillips, Principal
Terriann Phillips has been with De Queen School District since 1993 when she began her career as a second grade teacher. Mrs. Phillips was awarded the Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Arkansas for 1997-1998 by the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. In 1998 she was awarded the State Award for the National Science Foundation Presidental Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. After six years in the classroom, Terriann moved into administration and served one year as an assistant principal before taking over as the principal for De Queen Elementary School in 2000. In 2009, she was named Administrator of the Year by J P Associates and in 2012, she was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Art Educator’s Association.
Terriann received her Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University at Texarkana in 1993 and her Master of Science degree from Texas A & M – Texarkana in 1997. Additionally, she studied at Henderson State University and the University of Central Arkansas to complete the requirements for her administrator credentials.