Marquita Carty, a math teacher at Northside High School, was recognized as an Arkansas Teacher of the Year (ATOY) finalist at the 2013 ATOY Award Ceremony in Little Rock on November 28. Carty was among four other Arkansas teachers who were named finalists in the competition.
Carty has taught math at Northside for 20 years. She also has played an active role in the implementation of the AAIMS program, which encourages student participation in Advanced Placement courses. In 2011, she was recognized as an AAIMS High Achieving Advanced Placement Teacher.
In November, Carty earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards for Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adult. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including the 2012 Arkansas Governor’s School Influential Educator Award.
Carty graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville and a Master’s in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Arkansas Tech University.
“Ms. Carty has earned instructional and professional credibility from her colleagues, parents, and students at Northside High School,” said Martin Mahan, FSPS Director of Secondary Education. “My confidence in Ms. Carty is due to her courage to practice innovative strategies in her classroom. She is an exceptional teacher and is an asset to the educational community at Northside.”
ATOY finalists are selected based on their teaching skills, as well as their dedication to students, parents and colleagues; demonstrated school and community leadership; ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and their commitment to their profession. The contest is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education.
The ATOY Ceremony was hosted at the Old Supreme Court Room in the State Capitol at Little Rock. Governor Mike Beebe and educators from around the state were in attendance. As a finalist, Carty received a $1000 award provided by the Walton Family Foundation.