(North Little Rock, Ark.) - On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Pulaski County Special School District School Board presented the 4th Quarter "Inspiration in Education" award to LaTonya Gilmore, a fifth-grade teacher at Crystal Hill Elementary School. Ms. Gilmore was nominated by three colleagues this quarter and selected among 14 other nominations.
The Board of Education created the Inspiration in Education Award to honor certified and support staff members who are inspirational to their students or colleagues in their roles at PCSSD. Additionally, the award recognizes employees who exhibit traits including leadership, mentoring, dedication, excellence and effectiveness in their places of work. Along with the honor of being selected, Gilmore received a plaque and a check for $250.
Gilmore was nominated by her principal, Stacy Bottoms; assistant principal, Masako Christian; and a fellow teacher and former Inspiration in Education award winner, Larisha Nelson. Each colleague read her nomination letter during the presentation.
Principal Bottoms pointed out how Gilmore not only serves as a fifth grade teacher, but also serves as cheerleading coach, step team coach and a student mentor. “The relationship she builds with children is unmatched,” Bottoms said. “She has a giving spirit and willingness to contribute to the success of students at our school.”
Bottoms wasn’t the only to point out how Gilmore goes above and beyond at Crystal Hill Elementary. Assistant principal Christian also noted how Gilmore’s creative expertise has elevated many activities around the school. “She is one of the most quintessential and creative decorators in central Arkansas who willingly uses her talents to transform school and community events,” said Christian.
That sentiment was echoed again by fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Nelson who went on to add how much of an impact GIlmore has on her personal teaching style. “I think about how she has kept me on my toes getting students ready to come to her in fifth grade [after leaving me in fourth],” Nelson said. “She is the epitome of what dedication, inspiration and excellence looks like!”
Dr. Linda Remele, president of the PCSSD school board attended the presentation as well as several members of the PCSSD leadership team. Those members include superintendent Dr. Charles McNulty, Shawn Burgess, Rachel Blackwell, Jessica Duff, Jimmy Hogg, Dr. Janice Warren, Monica Bryant and Denise Palmer.