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Sara Ford (AR '97)


J. O. Kelly Middle School
Springdale, AR

At the time of the Award, Sara Ford was:

Kelly Middle School
Springdale, AR

Biographical Information

Sara Ford, principal of J.O. Kelly Middle School in Springdale, has played a key role in the transition of elementary and junior high schools to the middle school system in two school districts. Ms. Ford currently oversees the operations of the sixth- and seventh-grade program at Kelly. It includes such efforts as the Connected Mathematics Project, a pilot math curriculum designed by the Arkansas Department of Education, and the "I Can Manage Myself" (ICMM) Club, which recognizes students for exemplary behavior and work habits. Ms. Ford has also established a Classroom Day, which brings local businesspeople to spend a day at Kelly teaching classes, and she has assembled a fully-networked, Internet-ready technology program with a computer in every classroom.

Additional Information


1983 University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, B.A.