Charles Ring (from left), Black Rock Elementary School teacher and coach, receives the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award from Walnut Ridge Wal-Mart associates Krystal Winters, department manager and community coordinator, and Leanne Tharp, assistant manager.

Wal-Mart names Ring
as Teacher of the Year

Charles Ring, teacher and coach at Black Rock Elementary School, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Walnut Ridge Wal-Mart.

Ring received a $1,000 grant for Black Rock Elementary, a $100 gift card to buy classroom supplies and a personalized certificate.

"Our area has fantastic teachers," said Wal-Mart manager Kari Shanks. "We are pleased to honor Mr. Ring as the Teacher of the Year and share this great news with our community."

Known as "Coach Ring" to the students, he is a science teacher on the fifth and sixth grade level, along with teaching one section of seventh grade science. He also oversees the elementary boys basketball program.

David Foley, Black Rock School administrator, said Ring is now beginning his 12th year of teaching at Black Rock. He and his wife, Rebekah, reside in Black Rock.

Ring had previously worked at Brown Shoe Co. in Pocahontas. When that plant closed, he received government assistance to complete his college education. When he completed his degree 12 years ago this past August, he was hired three days later to return to his hometown to teach.

During this time of year, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates across the country are announcing the names of teacher winners. One winner is selected by each store. Nominations are made by members of the community during August, and the winner is selected by a committee of facility associates.

Nationwide, more than 4,000 teachers are being honored in the program. Since the program began in 1995, the Wal-Mart Foundation has honored more than 30,000 teachers nationwide and has donated over $29 million to local schools.

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