Paragould High School teacher Stephanie Cooper was recently named one of nine recipients of a Parsons-Burnett Scholarship from the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association (ARTA). The scholarship program recognizes practicing teachers who have exhibited classroom success, used innovative techniques and methods, and met the stringent application requirements.

Cooper is beginning her fourth year as a social studies teacher at Paragould High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education in Social Studies. She plans to use the Parsons-Burnett Scholarship from ARTA on her master’s degree in Gifted, Talented, and Creative at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Cooper began her classes for her master’s this fall.

To express her appreciation, Cooper said, “I would like to tell the ARTA members thank you and that I am honored to be receiving a Parsons-Burnett Scholarship. I have had many hardships in my life, but others persistently show me kindness and love. I have high respect for all veteran teachers who dedicate their time to ARTA and provide opportunities for others.”

The scholarship is funded by county units, such as the Greene County Retired Teachers Association, that conduct various fundraisers for the Parsons-Burnett Scholarship program.

ARTA membership is open to all retired public school employees, both certified and classified. For more information about ARTA, call the office at (501) 375-2958 or visit the webpage at

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