Area educators recognized

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Pictured from left are: Sharon Colburn, G/T Specialist, Crowley's Ridge Educational Cooperative; Brenda Hutcheson, Riverside G/T Coordinator and Teacher; and Diane Montgomery, G/T Coordinator and G/T Teacher at Brookland. The local educators were recognized at the AGATE Conference. (photo provided)

Three area educators were recognized at the 38th annual AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education) Conference held in Little Rock March 1-3. Receiving the awards were Brenda Hutcheson, G/T coordinator and teacher at Riverside Public School; Sharon Colburn, G/T specialist, Crowley's Ridge Education Cooperative; and Diane Montgomery, G/T coordinator and G/T teacher at Brookland Public School.

Brenda Hutcheson:

Hutcheson was recognized for her service to gifted education with a certificate of appreciation. She will be retiring at the end of the school year. The Lake City high school graduate has 34 years in education with 29 in the Gifted and Talented program. All of her years have been in the Lake City,/Riverside Public School. Her husband, Donnie Hutcheson, is also a Lake City High School graduate. Their daughter Stephanie Timms graduated from Riverside High School. Her grandsons are Hunter Timms, a member of the Jonesboro Fire Department, and Collin Timms, a senior at Riverside High School.

She said she will miss her students and co-workers but will not have a problem keeping busy. She is a volunteer curator at the Lake City Museum. She helped establish the museum seven or eight years ago. She also has taken on a project of restoring Prairie Cemetery in the Lunsford area.

Sharon Colburn:

Colburn received the Challenger Award. It is given to honor and recognize a person who risked taking an unusual creative, different, and innovative step in a direction most people would not even think of or consider. She has been an educator since 1972. She has been G/T specialist with Crowley's Ridge Educational Cooperative for 10 years. Among her education positions, she has served as principal at EPC and taught G./T at Rivercrest.

She received the AGATE Challenger Award for being the first of three to train in "Engineering is Elementary." She said it is a great program developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, Mass.

Colburn has three grown children. Her daughters are doctors, one in Nashville and one in Little Rock. Her son is an accountant in Louisville.

Diane Hendley Montgomery:

Montgomery received the AGATE Educator Recognition Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals in the field of education who have made significant contributions to the education of Gifted and Talented students. She is a native of Dixie and a high school graduate of Monette High School. She has taught since 1981 at Brookland.

She taught fourth grade for four years before starting to teach Gifted and Talented.

She said she feels very honored to receive the award. She and her husband, Larry, have one grown daughter.

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