Courtney Cochran has been selected to be the Cedarville High School principal, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

Cochran, the 2016 Arkansas Department of Education state teacher of the year, was employed during a special meeting of the Cedarville Board of Education on Tuesday.

“Ms. Cochran’s wealth of experience and energy, combined with the experience, skills and energy of current and new staff members will serve to better facilitate additional opportunities and a greater degree of success for students and teachers at Cedarville High School,” said Kerry Schneider, superintendent of the Cedarville School District.

Cochran served as a Spanish teacher at Van Buren from 2006 to 2017.

In August, she will become first vice president of the Alpha Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators. Also this year, Cochran joined the Arkansas Department of Education committee for National Board Certification and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Arkansas No Kid Hungry as an advocate and became a member of ADE committee for development for Culturally Responsive Teaching micro-credential.

Cochran became a member of ADE and Arkansas State Board of Education task force for Family and Community Engagement and Deeper Learning Grant in 2017.

In 2016, she was elected secretary of the Alpha Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators and named director of AFLTA District III.

In 2015, Cochran received full training in the American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview, was selected as a member of the AFLTA Advocacy Committee, achieved Google Educator Certification and secured a proclamation in support of learning languages from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Also hired for the 2018-19 school year at Tuesday’s meeting were Garin Bean, high school mathematics and coding; L.A. Cherry, high school mathematics; Jordan Bradley, high school counselor; Vanessa Grayson, middle school and elementary school art; Paige Niblett, high school art; and Katherine Chaney, high school physical science.