Paragould Teacher Honored with National Award

OCTOBER 14, 2005 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A high school teacher at Greene County Tech in Paragould has been awarded a Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award.  Social studies teacher Leigh Sullivan was recognized for her work at a ceremony yesterday in Little Rock.

Ray Simon, deputy secretary of the U.S. Education Department, and state Education Commissioner Ken James presented Sullivan with the award.  Sullivan has taught Social Studies for 20 years, and said she tries to interest young people to learn more about how their country got to where it is today.  A White House initiative called the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History sponsors the award program.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)