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Lyon College Makes Solid Impact on Local Public Schools

Since its beginning in 1872, Lyon College has educated students who went on to teach in public schools. This year is no different, with four seniors already employed at Midland, Cave City, and Batesville and others expecting to be hired before school starts up again in the fall.

Jon Alexander, from Vilonia, will be a social studies teacher and coach at Midland High School, while Nate Ayers, a Cave City graduate, will become a high school English teacher there next fall. Becca Burrow, from Brinkley, will also become an English teacher at Batesville High School, and Khang Nguyen, who is from Batesville, will be a new social studies teacher and coach at Batesville Junior High.

They will join the long line of other outstanding area teachers who are Lyon graduates and who work in schools across the entire state and beyond. Over 100 alumni are in classrooms in just the Batesville, Cave City, and Southside school districts, with about half in Batesville and a quarter each in the other two school systems.

They cover the entire range of the public education system, from superintendent, principal, and assistant principal to academic coach, literacy coach, and classroom aide. Many are specialists, such as counselors, librarians, media specialists, and speech pathologists. They facilitate the EAST program, work with the gifted and talented, or serve as paraprofessionals in Special Ed or a computer lab. They are an athletic director or a coach, typically also teaching academic courses.

The majority are classroom teachers in fields ranging from English to math to history to biological and physical sciences. They teach kindergartners, elementary, middle school, junior high, and senior high students. They teach Special Ed and English as a Second Language.

Even before completing their degrees, Lyon’s teacher education students have worked in public schools. Nine interns this year totaled 6,101 internship hours in Batesville, Cave City, Southside, Midland, and Mammoth Spring schools. Two of those interns logged over 800 hours each.

Although Lyon is one of Arkansas’s smaller institutions of higher education, it is clearly achieving its mission to prepare students for fulfilling personal and professional lives committed to lifelong learning and service. In turn, many of those students are now committed to inspiring their own students in public schools.