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Arkansas Rural Education Association
1309 Texas St.
Mena, Arkansas 71953
Phone: 479-234-2733
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Tammye Stahler, a secondary math teacher at Harrison High School, was named AREA Teacher of the Year. Bill Abernathy, Executive Director of the Arkansas Rural Ed Association and Dale Query, Superintendent of Flippin and Chair of the selection committee, made the presentation on behalf of AREA and the Rural Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. The award included a personal check for $1000 and a crystal apple. Mrs. Stahler was surprised at the award presented during an assembly of staff and students on May 5. Other students and staff were being recognized by the district and Abernathy was able to present the award before the students, staff, and parents. Mrs. Stahler will be submitted to the national association as Arkansas' nominee this year.



The Arkansas Rural Ed. Association is a statewide organization that is affiliated with the National Rural Education Association.  AREA promotes quality experiences and opportunities for all of Arkansas' rural students to enable them to compete in a diverse global community.


Arkansas Rural Ed. Association is dedicated to improving instruction and promoting quality education for all students in rural schools throughout the state, and it provides a unified voice for representing rural school districts to legislative bodies and public officials.


AREA supports the integrity of rural school districts and honors the committed educators who are dedicated to the outstanding young minds of the great state of Arkansas.

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