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Mary Rankin

Position: Retiring First Grade Teacher
School: Forest Park Elementary School
School District: Little Rock School District
City, State: Little Rock, AR

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Mary Rankin was nominated by her principal, Theresa Ketcher.

Ms. Rankin has passionately taught children aged 4-8 for 43 years. The environment in her classroom is child-centered, nurturing, and energetic.  Ms. Rankin set the tone with her enthusiasm and love for children by engaging all students to work hard. She yielded excellent academic performance from using inspirational methods to build her students' confidence.

"The parents coming to our school request Ms. Rankin because they already know her by word of mouth and how her students' lives are changed for the better," said Ketcher. "She is an amazing example for all teachers young and old. Ms. Rankin has left a bright spot in our hearts and will be dearly missed."