Teaching Is An 'Awesome Responsibility', New Educators Told’

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – August 14, 2014 – About 100 teachers, administrators, school board members and local business leaders attended Citizens Bank’s Second Annual New Educators Breakfast which was held Thursday morning in the Edwards Commons Building on the campus of Lyon College. 

 “You made the right decision to be a teacher; you’re making a difference,” said Bob Watson, the featured speaker.  Watson was an educator for more than 40 years who served as superintendent of the El Dorado School District for nearly 30 years until his retirement in June. 

“You’re going to make an impression on the young people in your care; they’re going to feel your heart,” Watson said.  “You will play a big role in the lives of these children.  It is an awesome responsibility.  But you have made the right decision to be a teacher.”

The Citizens Bank New Educators Breakfast recognizes new teachers joining the faculties of schools in the Batesville, Southside, Cedar Ridge and Midland school districts, as well as Lyon College and the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

This year’s event also welcomed two new area superintendants:  Gary Anderson at Batesville and Dewayne Wammack at Midland.

After a buffet breakfast, each new teacher was introduced by one of their administrators, and presented a gift bag with items donated by Anytime Fitness, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Carlee’s Hallmark, Century 21 - Cindy Cooke, Citizens Bank, Deni’s Inspirations, Jane’s Creations, Just Chillin’ Frozen Yogurt, Living Spaces, Maurice’s, Nails Spa, Natalie’s, Schwegman’s Office Supply, Sonic on Harrison Street, Southern Tire Mart, State Farm - Kenny Allen, State Farm - Renee Martin, UACCB, Vernon - Amy Beth Anderson and White River Health Systems.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.


Bob Watson & Superintendents

ABOVE:  Bob Watson, superintendent of the El Dorado School District for nearly 30 years, addresses the Citizens Bank New Educators Breakfast.  Listening to his remarks are (from left) Superintendents Dr. Ann Webb of Cedar Ridge, Dewayne Wammack of Midland, Roger Rich of Southside and Gary Anderson of Batesville.  BELOW:  Part of the crowd attending the breakfast, which was held at Lyon College.

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