Anissa Manasco - DES Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Anissa Manasco has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ouachita Baptist University with an Emergency Certification in Instrumental Music through classes from the University of North Texas and Henderson State University. She has been in education for 22 years. Mrs. Manasco is director of 3rd through 5th grade musicals as well as director of the 5th grade Razzle Dazzle group. She has experience in teaching band, choir, piano, recorder voice, and directing as many as 350 students on stage at one time. Anissa’s teaching experiences have taught her that every skill and resource we own can be used in teaching. She has a great deal of compassion and wisdom for the students of DES.
Her goal as an educator is to help students to make practical connections from music to their everyday lives, building valuable life skills through practice and performance. She hopes to have a lasting impact on her students, equipping them to be passionate, thoughtful and successful community leaders of tomorrow. She is greatly honored to be voted 2017/2018 De Queen Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Terriann Phillips, Principal
Terriann Phillips has been with De Queen School District since 1993 when she began her career as a second grade teacher. Mrs. Phillips was awarded the Elementary School Teacher of the Year for Arkansas for 1997-1998 by the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. In 1998 she was awarded the State Award for the National Science Foundation Presidental Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. After six years in the classroom, Terriann moved into administration and served one year as an assistant principal before taking over as the principal for De Queen Elementary School in 2000. In 2009, she was named Administrator of the Year by J P Associates and in 2012, she was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Art Educator’s Association.
Terriann received her Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University at Texarkana in 1993 and her Master of Science degree from Texas A & M – Texarkana in 1997. Additionally, she studied at Henderson State University and the University of Central Arkansas to complete the requirements for her administrator credentials.