Ida Burns Teacher of the Year
Degrees and Certifications:
For 25 years, Angela Blue has worked at Ida Burns Elementary School as a 2nd grade teacher.
She is a 1991 graduate of Central High School in the Helena-West Helena School District and a National Achievement Scholarship winner. The veteran educator graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1996 with a BSE in Elementary Education and obtained her MSE in Reading in 2007. In 2007-08, she earned recognition from the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America and was awarded the Arkansas Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award. During the summer of 2017, she worked with 2nd graders in the Ready Readers summer program at Trinity Worship Center and Church Fellowship. Blue is a member of the National Education Association and International Literacy Association.
Throughout her early childhood, her parents nurtured a love of learning, and Blue dreamed of becoming a teacher. As a child, she practiced at home by teaching her younger siblings after watching her teachers at school. In junior high she became uncertain about her future professional goals. However, it was during her junior high and high school years that Blue began to seriously consider the teaching profession. She would gain experience first hand by assisting early elementary teachers during two summer school sessions. She worked as a student helper to veteran teachers and got her first real experience of working in a classroom with small groups of students. Blue enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, and seeing former students again.