PB school district names Lee Teacher of the Year


Vernita Lee, an English teacher at Jack Robey Junior High School, was recently selected as the 2014 Pine Bluff School District Teacher of the Year.

Lee, who has been a secondary English/English Language Arts educator for 19 years, had previously worked for the PBSD for eight years and returned this school year.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.

“I was shocked to have been chosen District Teacher of the Year because there are some outstanding teachers in the district. It is such an honor to be considered among them,” Lee said.

Lee said her favorite aspect of teaching is having a great lesson that excites the students, and they actually get the deeper meaning that adds value to their lives.

Building level Teacher of the Year winners were: LaVonda Pierce, Belair Middle School; Tonniesha Reynolds, Broadmoor Elementary; Bradley Batement, First Ward; Brickett Owens, Oak Park Elementary School; Joyce Davis, Pine Bluff High School; Shala Simmons, Southwood Elementary School; Debra McNeely, Thirty-Fourth Avenue Elementary; and Kathy Washington, W.T. Cheney Elementary. Building level winners and also finalist for the District Teacher of the Year: Rose Smith, Forrest Park/Greenville Pre-K and Phaedra Thompson, Southeast Middle School.