Amber Lemser named Public School Art Teacher of the Year.
Amber is art teacher at De Queen Elementary School to 1st and 3rd -5th grade students. She has 11 years of teaching experience. She obtained her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Florida in 2015 through their distance learning program. She is an active member of AAE and NAEA, and also is a Youth Art Month co-chair for AAE. She received Elementary Art Educator of the year from AAE in 2015, and also has received four awards from NAEA for her work on the AAE Year in Review Scrap-book in previous years. Amber states, “I have always loved art, and have a strong background in the area. I strive to educate my students on the importance of art in their life, culture, and heritage.”
Oct. 29th, DES held a Family Literacy Night to end the One School, One Book (OSOB) literacy program. We had a great turn out of parents, students, and teachers. Everyone had cookies and milk while Mrs. Phillips, principal, finished reading the last chapter of The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, the book chosen for our OSOB program. All students have been reading and discussing the book with teachers and parents and completing “Challenge Tickets”. The completed tickets were put in boxes. One challenge from each box was drawn for winners of the bicycles. Alan Hernandez, third grader from Mrs. Click’s class, was the winner of the boy’s bike and Marija Felipe, fourth grader from Mrs. Frachiseur’s class, was winner of the girl’s bike. CONGRATULATION to Alan and Marija. Thanks to all the parents, students, and teachers for making this a successful literacy program.
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.