A Texarkana, Arkansas School District teacher has been named as an Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist.

Heather Carr is the kindergarten through fourth grade Visual Arts Teacher at College Hill Elementary. The Arkansas Department of Education recently announced 14 state finalists.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recognize the finalists on Wednesday, September 28, at 1:30PM at the Arkansas State Capitol. During the ceremony, the four state semi-finalists will be announced. As a regional finalist, Carr will receive a cash award in the amount of $1,000.

Carr received her Bachelor of Science-Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M-Texarkana and joined the Razorback family in August 2008. She received her National Board Certification in 2012.

“I believe it is important for teachers to understand that every student has a unique learning style and should implement strategies to meet the needs of all their students, she said. "I want my students to find learning meaningful and connect to the world around them.”

Carr is described by her peers as patient, compassionate, encouraging and uplifting.

“Mrs. Carr brings her best self to work each day to serve our students,” said Dr. Becky Kesler, TASD Superintendent of Schools. “She values a quality education for all students and she finds ways to engage students through art.”