ARESC Content Specialists work directly with teachers and administrators to create engaging standards-based curricula and instruction that are tailored for each student. This team supports schools by

  • modeling lessons,

  • facilitating professional learning,

  • assisting with student academic intervention responses,

  • researching best practices,

  • locating resources,

  • providing up-to-date information,

  • and supporting new teachers in the content area.

The support offered by the ARESC content specialists is shaped in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and school districts. This team tailors services and support to the needs of each district, school, teacher, and student.  

Career & Technical Education

Kelli Cypert

Kelli Cypert

CTE Coordinator


The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program assists school districts in increasing and improving career awareness and workforce opportunities for all students. Our goal is to enable our schools to initiate and maintain quality Career & Technical Education programs.

The CTE Coordinator encourages the development, implementation, and improvement of CTE programs for all districts in the cooperative service delivery area through the following services:

  • CTE Assessment Data Collection & Reporting

    • CTE assessment report data disaggregation

  • Evaluation of CTE Programs

    • DCTE technical assistance visits – preparation, attendance & follow-up

    • Connect schools with industry partners

  • CTE Technical Assistance

    • Professional development scheduling

    • New CTE instructor assistance with resources

    • Policies & procedures interpretation

    • Resource distribution

  • CTE Initiatives Support

    • Career Clusters/Pathways/Programs of Study

    • Curriculum standards

    • Data analysis for ADE student assessments

  •  Carl D. Perkins Consortia Administration/Assistance for Participating Districts

    • Annual application preparation & submission

    • Budget management

    • Implementation of federal Perkins mandates

    • Completion of program reports

    • Placement reports

    • Industry certification report analysis and review

Additional Resources

Gifted & Talented

The purpose of the Gifted and Talented program at Arkansas River ESC is to:

  • Ensure quality programming and services for identified Gifted K-12 students attending regional school districts.

  • Support rigorous Advanced Placement programs in regional K-12 school districts.

  • Encourage high levels of rigor and expectation for all K-12 students in regional school districts.

  • Work with local and state agencies to promote and expand Gifted services and rigorous instruction across the state.

Bill Shelly

Bill Shelly

Gifted and Talented Specialist

Office: (870) 730-2933


Elizabeth Hardin

Elizabeth Hardin

K-2 Literacy Specialist


Tammy Friend

Tammy Friend

K12 Literacy Specialist


Vonda Taylor

Vonda Taylor

7-12 Literacy Specialist


Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative (ARESC) seeks to promote literacy achievement for all adolescent students by supporting teachers and providing professional learning opportunities focused on literacy across the curriculum. We believe that the success of our students depends upon the collaboration of all educators.


Professional Development

Module 1 – Grades K-1: Overview of Comprehensive Literacy and Assessment

Module 2 – Grades K-1: Phonics/Word Study

Module 3 - K-1:  Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework – Oral Language and Vocabulary

Module 1 – Grades 2-3: Overview of Comprehensive Literacy and Assessment

Module 2 – Grades 2-3: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Word Study and Spelling Instruction

Module 1 – Grades 4-5: Overview of Comprehensive Literacy and Assessment

Module 2 – Grades 4-5: Word Study: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction

K-5 Literacy Coach Meetings (held monthly at ARESC)


Professional Development

(Content currently under development. )

Math Specialist


Cody Knowlton

K-12 Math Specialist


Mathematics Specialist program is designed to provide technical assistance from state math specialists with strong preparation and background in mathematics content, instructional strategies, and school leadership. Based in elementary and secondary schools, we are former classroom teachers who are responsible for supporting the professional growth of their colleagues and promoting enhanced mathematics instruction and student learning throughout their schools. We are responsible for strengthening classroom teachers' understanding of mathematics content and helping teachers develop more effective mathematics teaching practices that allow all students to reach high standards, as well as sharing research addressing how students learn mathematics.

In the ARESC-Math Specialist program, we work with teachers and administrators at participating schools to provide leadership and expertise in mathematics based on nationally recognized, research-based professional development. We provide effective math strategies and supplemental math resources to district-level math coaches who are in classrooms on a daily basis, co-teaching mathematics lessons as well as working with children on mathematical concepts. The goal of this mathematics initiative is to ensure that all children are not left behind and teachers create and explore opportunities in the classroom for each student to acquire conceptual understanding in mathematics they learn.

Our overarching purpose is to increase the mathematics achievement of all the students in our participating schools. To do so, we will:

  • collaborate with individual teachers through co-planning, co-teaching, and coaching;

  • assist administrative and instructional staff in interpreting data and designing approaches to improve student achievement and instruction;

  • facilitate teachers' use of successful, research-based instructional strategies, including differentiated instruction for diverse learners such as those with limited English proficiency or disabilities; work with parent/guardians and community leaders to foster continuing home/school/community partnerships focused on students' learning of mathematics; and collaborate with administrators to provide leadership and vision for a school-wide mathematics program.


ARESC desires to support the professional growth of our school districts by promoting enhanced scientific instruction and student learning. The Science Specialist is responsible for strengthening classroom teachers' understanding of science content and helping teachers develop more effective scientific teaching practices that allow all students to reach high standards, as well as sharing research addressing how students learn science.

The Science Specialist works with teachers and administrators to provide leadership and expertise in science based on nationally recognized, research-bases professional development. We provide effective strategies and supplemental science resources to district- level science coaches who are in classrooms on a daily bases, co-teaching scientific lessons as well as working with children on science concepts.

Dianna Herring

Dianna Herring

K-12 Science Specialist



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Alex Moeller

Computer Science Specialist


Although not housed at Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, Alex Moeller is a statewide specialist that serves the computer science professional development needs of all ESCs, STEM centers and Public School Districts. As part of the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative, he specializes in robotics and programming.


Available Resources

  • Black and White Copies

  • Laminating

  • Bulletin Board Paper

  • Poster Printer

  • Spiral Binder Combs

  • Ellison Cuts

  • Construction Paper

Regina Barnes

Regina Barnes

Administrative Assistant