Fri May 10, 2024

By April Lovette

Born, Smith honored at Hope Rotary's Teacher Appreciation Banquet
Teachers Hosea Born and Christina Smith were honored tonight at the Hope Rotary Club’s 2024 Teacher Appreciation Banquet at Hempstead Hall. Each year, the Hope Rotary Club honors two outstanding educators as Teacher of the Year: one representing primary grades (K-6) and one representing secondary grades (7-12). Rotary member Les Patterson, who was emcee for the event, said the purpose of these honors was to show appreciation for the teachers who guide and educate the children of our community.  

Hosea Born, Art/Robotics teacher for 5th through 8th grade at HAPS, was described as an educator who brings excitement and innovation into all of his classes. His art students have assisted with some of the downtown murals, in addition to other artwork and projects that have won local and state awards. Born’s work with the robotics program led students the last two years to qualify for the World Robotics Competition, allowing children from Hope, Arkansas to compete with others from nations all around the world. Born has many other roles and achievements, but to name a few, he is also the student council sponsor and the campus Coordinator for Parental Involvement at HAPS, as well as the founder of Rocktown of Hope, a nonprofit organization geared toward expanding technology and after-school activities for students in Hempstead County. 

Christina Smith teaches ninth through 12th grade students in the Agriculture Department at Hope High School. She was described as an engaging and innovative teacher who designs cutting-edge classroom instruction and has an ability to build productive relationships with students. She allows students authentic experiences in her classroom where she brings live animals as well as models so students can apply skills they have learned. Some of Smith's many roles and achievements include that of FFA sponsor and organizer of numerous student volunteer activities a year with programs like the Angel Tree, Ag in Action, Arkansas Food Bank, Hope for Paws, and much more. She also plans and facilitates the Hope FFA Rodeo and Hope FFA livestock show team. 

Rotary President Wendy Jones wrapped up the event by offering the teachers a heartfelt congratulations from the Rotary Club. She also shared with SWARK.Today why Rotary honored these teachers tonight: “The Hope Rotary Club chooses to promote educational excellence in our area, and these two educators personify this mission perfectly,” Jones said. "Each and every day they demonstrate the Rotary motto of ‘service above self,' so we wanted to show our appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication.”