Monda Hutchison, Buffalo Island Central High School business teacher and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser, was the recipient of the 2012 Arkansas Career Guidance Association Teacher of the Year Award.
Hutchison holds a certification to teach the Work Place Readiness curriculum at BIC. She has been certified for Work Place Readiness since 1994-1995 and has served as a mentor to teachers working on their certification over the last three to four years. She has worked with at least 15 teachers.
In addition to being a mentor and officer, she feels very honored to have been asked to be a presenter at the annual conferences.
She has served as the Northeast District vice president and served on the ACGA Board for the last two years.
"We are helping new teachers to become certified," Hutchison said. "The Career Guidance Program will be a pilot program for the Common Core curriculum and certification will be required in all schools. We will be working with industry certifications in our workplace ready classrooms to help our students receive the skills they need for the industry certification testing."
Hutchison also worked on the Framework Committee to incorporate the Common Core standards into the Workplace Readiness curriculum.
"There will be a lot of changes coming to the classroom and working on the frameworks will help me as a teacher and a mentor," Hutchison said. "I don't pretend to have all of the answers but a good start is important to any new curriculum."
Hutchison has been nominated twice as ACGA Teacher of the Year and considered it an honor to be nominated and a high honor to be chosen.
She has served on the Arkansas Business Education Association for over six years and has been nominated twice as ABEA Teacher of the Year.
Hutchison holds a BSE Degree and a MSE Degree, both in business education, from Arkansas State University.
While working on her Master's Degree she worked as a graduate assistant to the Dean's office for two years. This included teaching classes as needed.
She started working in a bank her last year of college and worked mostly in the Trust Department and also had experience in the work field as she worked for the Corp of Engineers and the telephone company during her college years.
"I love working and found working with students as my calling," she said. "I am very proud of my FBLA students. We have had 20 kids eligible to go to National FBLA since 2003. It is rewarding to have former students come back and thank me."
Hutchison was raised in Black Oak, the daughter of Waunell Walton and the late Buel E. Walton. Her dad was postmaster of Black Oak until his death and her mother is a retired clerk where she worked at the Black Oak and Jonesboro Post Offices retiring in 1990.
Hutchison has 14 years in banking and 25 years in teaching. She and her husband, Randy, live in Black Oak. He is a plant technician with CenturyLink Telephone Co. He has worked with the telephone company for 38 years. They have one son, Chad, who is a dentist in Franklin, Tenn. Chad and his wife Alethea have two children, Blythe, 9, and Zaine, 7.