Little Rock, Ark. — July 14, 2016 — Amy Castleberry of Paragould High School and Linda Davis of L.F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown were recently named as the 2016 Arkansas Rural Teachers of the Year. The award is sponsored by the Arkansas Rural Education Association and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Castleberry of Paragould, who has taught for more than 16 years, is a high school English teacher at the 3,085-student Paragould School District. Davis, a 27-year educator, teaches fourth grade at the 1,411- student Ashdown School District.

The Rural Teacher of the Year Award winner is selected based on the quality and depth of answers to questions in the following categories: professional biography, educational history, professional development, community involvement, teaching philosophy, education issues and the teaching profession.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or