It is no surprise that Lindsay Griffin, Greenbrier School District’s Teacher of the Year, is now nominated as one of the top fifteen teachers in the state and will be attending a ceremony September 16 to be honored by Governor Mike Beebe in the Supreme Court room in Little Rock. Only fifteen teachers out of 238 school districts were chosen in the state to become the Arkansas State Teacher of the Year. She was first voted by her peers as Teacher of the Year for Greenbrier Middle School, then Superintendent Scott Spainhour and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lisa Todd tapped her as Greenbrier District’s Teacher of the Year.
She is a sixth grade literacy teacher with 135 students this year in six classes each day. She has taught for thirteen years in Greenbrier and comes from a family of teachers. Her mother is a teacher and her brother is a Tech Coordinator in the Greenbrier district. Another teacher commented, “She makes teaching look easy and her class is fun.”
Spainhour further commented that the district’s enrollment is at 3,390 students this year, up by 85 more children. The average increase over the last six years has been about 70. Six years ago, there were 2,870 students enrolled. The biggest increase this year was in the secondary, sixth through twelfth grades. There are now 241 certified teachers enrolled. Greenbrier also affords plenty of opportunity for student teachers to assist in classrooms. The District’s average class size is maintained in the low 20’s per classroom.