A Greenbrier teacher was recently selected as a regional finalist for Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Margie Towery, a high school teacher in the Greenbrier Public Schools, is one of four regional finalists the Arkansas Department of Education named, based on the highest scores for each education service cooperative and Pulaski County.

The group will be recognized by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and ADE Commissioner Johnny Key at a ceremony Aug. 16 at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.

“I look forward to sharing this honor with my family next Thursday,” Towery said. “They have been a strong support for my entire career, and I am excited that they will be able to witness and participate in this opportunity.”

Towery’s sister, Peggy Carter Paxton, was named a finalist in 2009 and she was there alongside her family members to celebrate.

“What an honor that now my dad, sister, daughter and granddaughter, along with my husband of 32 years, will be there for me,” Towery said.

The state’s semi-finalists will also be announced at the event.

Towery said it was an honor to be nominated by her peers as Teacher of the Year and going on to receive district and now the regional title was something she never dreamed of.

“This is my 25th year in the teaching profession,” she said. “It is truly a blessing to teach a student I am very passionate about, interact with the students and work with the parents and community to prepare our students for the future.”

In those 25 years, Towery has taught life, earth and physical science, biology, anatomy and physiology and more.

She currently teaches biology to 10th graders at GHS.

Towery was notified of her selection last week.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to share this honor with the other regional finalists in the state,” she said. “We have worked hard to plan and prepare lessons, design instruction suitable for all students and work with our colleagues and the community to ensure success. It is truly a blessing to be recognized for the passion and hard work.”

Her favorite thing about teaching, Towery said, is getting the chance to make a difference in a student’s life.

“They all deserve an equal chance for success and will approach that goal in different ways,” she said. “All of the teachers at Greenbrier work hard to ensure that all of our students have a broad base of knowledge and opportunities that will ensure success in their future.”