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2019 EAST Seminar Highlights

While many were wrapping up their summer with last-minute vacations, EAST hosted the annual EAST Seminar. Facilitated by leading industry professional and veteran educators in the EAST network, nearly 200 educators from across (and outside of) Arkansas spent three days networking and attending professional development breakout sessions.

EAST took over the Grand Prairie Center of Stuttgart, AR and saw seminar attendees actively living out this year’s theme: Against the Grain. Day 1 facilitators attended Tech Camp or an Industry Tour — a guided tour through the city that provided insight into a major industry in the city — all in efforts to better assist students as they use technology to solve community problems. From tackling new tech to meeting new and potential community partners, EAST Seminar was the perfect place to fill your toolkit and start the school year against the grain!

App Photo
Group Photo

In efforts to provide a networking atmosphere, event staples like The Playground, — where participants could engage in a quick lesson about trending technologies available for the classroom and meet new potential community partners — returned this year. The networking continued well into the evening and quickly turned into fun! This year’s after-hours event included the Amazing Race: EAST Edition ending at local hotspot Open Season for a little karaoke and rounded out the week with an Illusionist and a popular hometown food truck, Ashley’s Twisted Flavors. .

EAST appreciates the time and efforts of the Grand Prairie Center staff as they helped to make our extended family of facilitators feel welcome in our backyard. We hope everyone had a blast and left the “rice capital” ready to rock the upcoming school year.

Tech Camp | Industry Tour

The Industry Tour offered as an alternative to Tech Camp is a day-long adventure that included stops at U of A Rice Research Center and Rich-N-Tone Calls, Inc with lunch provided by Riceland. Thanks to these businesses for allowing our facilitators in to learn about their processes and the technical skills they’re looking for in future employees.

Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart


It is always fun to say "job well done," especially when everybody around knows just how much work went into that job. We offer our kudos (along with pins and certificates) to those facilitators who have served in EAST environments for 5, 10 and 15 years. We’re getting close to seeing some hit the 20-year mark, and we cannot wait! We are going to new pins!

15 Year Recipients

15 Year Recipients

  • Clint Scrivner - Farmington High School
  • Michael Finch - Greene County Technical High School
  • Teretha Kelly - Henderson High School
10 Year Recipients

10 Year Recipients

  • Karla Garrison - Harrisburg Middle School
  • Tony Freeman - Jessieville High School
  • Chris Green - Magnolia High School (Not Pictured)
  • Brook Easton - Northeast Tech - Claremore
5 Year Recipients 5 Year Recipients

5 Year Recipients

  • Adam Louderback - Eureka Springs High School
  • Devry Rhodes - Fountain Lake High School
  • Will Pittman - Gravette High School
  • Jon Taylor - Green Forest Schools
  • Katie Taylor - Greenbrier Junior High School
  • Cori Hammond - Harrisburg Elementary School
  • Nicole Pena - Hellstern Middle School
  • Adrienne Ware - Hope High School
  • Sarah James - Lakeside Middle School - Lake Village
  • Tamara McCormack - Little Rock Central High School
  • Brigette Jones - Malvern Elementary School
  • David Martin - Mountain Home Junior High School
  • Wade Ward - Parson Hills Elementary School
  • Joe Hurley - Two Rivers High School
  • Angela Greene - Malvern Elementary School / Wilson Intermediate School
  • Jill Sanders - Buffalo Island Central High School
  • Andrea Pearson - Brookland High School

Social Media

Are you following us on social media? A few people definitely were! Congratulations to the following winners, who were randomly chosen from qualified entries who replied to giveaway posts during the event.

  • Janet Harton - Warren High School
  • Aspen Ham - Hot Springs Junior Academy
  • Kevin Billings - Strong High School
  • Andrew Killingsworth - Berryville High School
  • Rob Plant - Mineral Springs High School

Another interactive way attendees could win was by joining the QR scavenger hunt! The leaderboard included:

  • Annette Smith - Mansfield High School
  • Paul Miller - Gardner STEM Magnet High School
  • Debbie Hester - Hackett High School
  • Constance Clark - Parkview Magnet High School
  • Kevin Billings - Strong High School
Group Photo of Industry Tour at Walmart

Evening Events

Evening Activities

Open Season / Amazing Race

The Amazing Race EAST Edition was one of many activities that brought out the competitive nature in the attendees. Nine teams competed and were given an initial clue, participants raced around the city looking for other clues that would lead them to dinner at Open Season, where over 120 attendees joined the fun! Congratulations to the winning teams and thank you to all of the karaoke stars for the evening’s entertainment.

Open Season
Casino Night
Night on the town
Night on the town

1st Place: #shanebensonsux (Josh Worthy, Jaimie Stallings, Derek Ratchford, Troy Debill)

2nd Place: Fantastic Four (Ty Bibby, Constance Clark, Anne Sargent, Dani Pugsley)

3rd Place: Team Win (Shane Benson, Shawn Teters, Abbie Russell, Jennifer Robinson)

Prizes: $25 giftcards, Power Banks donated by 4imprint & Gear

Illusionist and Food Trucks

On the second night of the seminar, there was no shortage of fun. Attendees experienced great food from Ashley’s Twisted Flavors and a fun show with illusionist Paul Prater.

Evening Activities

A Big Thanks To...

EAST Seminar would not have been what it was without the help of some very dedicated folks. We like to offer thanks to the following:

Facilities & Evening Entertainment

  • Grand Prairie Center
  • Ashley’s Twisted Flavors
  • Open Season Bar & Grill
  • Cater Rita’s
  • Paul Prater

Presenters, Exhibitors & Guests

  • Kim Austin
  • Shane Benson
  • Brittany Berry
  • Marie Bruno
  • Will Bryant
  • Lori Campbell
  • Robbie Cox
  • Brian Culpepper
  • Col. Anita Deason
  • Ed Drew
  • Matthew Dyson
  • Kelly Faulkner
  • Hanna Ford
  • JJ Gladden
  • Sylvia Hernandez
  • Beth Hicks
  • Heather Hite
  • Ivan Huffmaster
  • Dorothy Ivey
  • Mason Kesner
  • James Levisee
  • Carman McBride
  • Robin McClendon
  • Renee Nelson
  • Dr. Stephen O’Connell
  • Ruth Plymate
  • Dani Pugsley
  • Thomas Quiroga
  • Dr. David Rainey
  • Erin Rappold
  • Derek Ratchford
  • Nathan Reyna
  • John Riggs
  • Jeff Robertson
  • Jeanne Roepcke
  • Mayor Kevin Smith
  • Jamie Stallings
  • Tim Stephenson
  • Briley Strecker
  • Jayme Stroud
  • Shannon Sullivan
  • Drew Wallis
  • Wade Ward
  • Karen Watts
  • Jason Weaver
  • Stan Whisnant
  • Amanda Wicker
  • Chad Wicker
  • Sandy Williams
  • Malcolm Williamson
  • Josh Worthy

Prize and Swag Bag Donors

Thanks to generous donations from the companies listed below, EAST was able to give away almost $10,000 worth of gifts and merchandise including gift baskets, gift cards, hotel stays and getaways and so much more.


  • 1886 Cresent Hotel
  • 4Imprint
  • Altitude Little Rock
  • AMC Theater
  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Arkansas Association of Instructional Media
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Arkansas Travelers
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
  • Branch Out-Conway
  • Bruno's Little Italy
  • Cancun Cards
  • Casio (Keith Futch)
  • Chipotle
  • Choice of Conference Booth Space
  • Chuy's
  • Clinton Library
  • Conference Onsite Registration Fast Pass
  • Dave and Busters-Little Rock
  • Doubletree Suites by Hilton- Bentonville
  • E Leigh's
  • EAST Gear
  • Embassy Suites-Hot Springs
  • Flyway Brewery
  • Four Points-LR
  • Fred Rickert
  • Good Earth Garden Center
  • Guillermo's Gourmet Coffee
  • Hilton Garden Inn (Little Rock Downtown)
  • Hilton Garden Inn West LR
  • Holiday Inn- LR Conference Center
  • Holiday Inn- Springdale Conference Center
  • Inspried Edge Coaching
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Little Rock Athletics
  • Magic Springs
  • Mid-America Science Museum
  • Millennium Bowl
  • Muesem of Discovery
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • NWA3D
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Panera Bread
  • Sam's Town
  • Silver Dollar City
  • Soul Fish Cafe
  • Spark Fit
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Stone's Throw
  • Texas Rangers
  • The Root Cafe
  • Today's Office
  • University of Arkansas Recruiting office
  • Uss Razorback
  • Visit Hot Springs
  • Visit Rogers
  • Walmart (Bowman)
  • Walmart (Cantrell)
  • Wintrop Rockerfeller Institute
  • Wyndham Riverfront LR
  • Yellow Rocket Concepts
  • Yoakum, Lovell & Company, PLC

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