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International Assoc. Of Who’s Who Has Named Rebecca Ann Froning as Professional of the Year

Rebecca Ann Froning of Springdale, Arkansas, recognized by the International Assoc. of Who’s Who for exemplary achievements in the field of Education.

New York, NY, August 23, 2017 --( Ms. Rebecca Ann Froning is currently an English 12, Title I Co-Teacher at Springdale High School in Springdale, Arkansas.

Rebecca Froning earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Continuing at the University, she then earned a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric and an additional Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Secondary Education and Teaching. Additionally, Ms. Froning is a Certified Journalism Educator.

Rebecca Froning began her professional career as a sales representative for KNWA, which at the time was an FM radio station serving the Northwest Arkansas listening area. After leaving that position, she accepted a position at her former high school as a Language Arts teacher. She also taught Intro to Yearbook, Writing & Communications, Newspaper Journalism as well as English in grades 10 through 12. She remained at Springdale H.S. teaching in that position and as Lead Senior English Teacher, for 28 years before becoming an English 12, Title I Co-Teacher.

Ms. Froning has watched the environment in the classroom change over her years at Springdale High School. The school itself has changed from 1200 to 2300 students even with the addition of a new high school in the district. SHS has moved from 10 percent minority and economically disadvantaged students to over 70 percent now minority or economically disadvantaged. The school is comprised of a large Hispanic population as well as nearly 600 students on campus from the Marshall Islands. After four years on the state’s school improvement list in literacy and math, SHS has earned its way to a school to follow. It is no longer an “improving school.” The entire faculty and staff of the school collaborated to create an environment in which literacy and math skills were top priority across the curriculum. Ms. Froning worked directly with those students who did not successfully reach the goal in literacy for the four years prior to this one. She spear-headed efforts to insure those students received the proper remediation to come closer to reading on grade level.

As an English 12 Title I Co-Teacher, Ms. Froning works with all English 12 teachers and their students with a threefold mission. In this position, she is charged with stabilizing and improving graduation rates, creating and posting lesson plans and working with students requiring extra help with reading and writing skills. No longer working with the typical 150 students with which the classroom teacher works; she is now responsible for nearly 700 potential graduates, a formidable yet rewarding challenge.

Ms. Rebecca Froning so enjoys the challenges and rewards of her job that she is taking it one step further, and is currently establishing a pilot senior English program. Using the common core standards for college and career readiness, it is the goal of this program that the students completing it will be better able to handle the post high school challenges and responsibilities they going to face.

For the past two years, Ms. Froning has worked as a trained recruiter for Arkansas State Teachers Association which is a division of American Association of Educators. She works with new members and those who are considering joining with classroom issues as an advocate without partisanship. The main goal of her group is to promote professionalism, collaboration, and excellence in education at all levels.

While attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ms. Froning was involved in Alpha Delta Pi, the Panhellenic Society, the Arkansas Booster Club, Boar’s Head Players Theatre Group, KUAF Radio Station Advisory Board, and KUAF - FM Radio Station. Additionally, she was a Graduate Assistant to Mr. Norman DeMarco and worked in the fine arts film lecture classes for three semesters. After college, she also became affiliated with AVA, SREB, ASCD, JEA, ASPA, CSPA, NCTE and ASTA. She has worked as a judge for CSPA and JEA evaluating student’s journalistic efforts in yearbook and newspaper work across the country.

When able to take time for herself, Rebecca Froning enjoys spending time with family, reading, cross stitching and all sports.
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