Jessica Bilbo named Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist

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Jessica Bilbo — Courtesy: Texarkana Arkansas School District

TEXARKANA — The Arkansas Department of Education named Jessica Bilbo, the Library Media Specialist at Harmony Leadership Academy, as one of 13 state finalists for teacher of the year.

Bilbo has worked in the Texarkana Arkansas School District for her entire 14 years in education.

As the Library Media Specialist of Harmony Leadership Academy, Bilbo works to provide a library that engages students.

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“Mrs. Bilbo is passionate about reading and our students,” superintendent Dr. Becky Kesler said. “Her passion led her to build a portable library to take around to all of the classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure students continued to have access to the books they love and enjoy.”

Part of Bilbo’s reward as a regional finalist is $1,000 cash. All finalists will be recognized Aug. 4 at the Governor’s Mansion, which is when four state semi-finalists will be announced.