Arvest Bank Announces ‘We Love Teachers’ Honorees



Arvest Bank Announces ‘We Love Teachers’ Honorees
FORT SMITH, Ark. (October 4, 2022)Arvest Bank is pleased to announce twenty one teachers in Fort Smith and the River Valley have been awarded $500 gifts as part of its “We Love Teachers” initiative.
This is the seventh consecutive year Arvest has conducted the initiative. A total of 145 teachers at public state-funded schools throughout the bank’s four-state footprint are being awarded. Recipients are selected by partnering schools’ administrations based on classroom needs.
The recipients in Fort Smith and the River Valley are:
Brushy Elementary                                         Tashaa Harris
Liberty Elementary                                         Cheryl Gustafson
Dover High School                                          Jon Sumners
Hector High School                                         Carla Oakes
Atkins High School                                          Melissa McCrotty
Pottsville High School                                     Abby Falls
Russellville High School                                  Jennifer Lachowsky
London Elementary                                        Kady Nagel
Dardanelle High School                                  Sherry Holliman
Lavaca Elementary                                          Ashley Dorr
Westwood Elementary                                  Kallie Cooper
Tilles Elementary                                             Rachel Adams
Tilles Elementary                                             Rachel Brannon
Kimmons Jr High                                             Sara Williams
Clarksville School District                             Kim Patterson
Howe High School                                           Rebekah McAllister
Panama High School                                       Casey Leapttrot
Waldron School District                                                 Mary Brown
Alma High School                                            Jeana Parker
Van Buren High School                                  Kellie Salyer
Mulberry High School                                    Zach Zajicek
Mena School District                                      Linda Willard
The “We Love Teachers” initiative aims to address a widespread need among teachers. According to a 2021 survey, teachers spent an average of $750 of their own money for classroom needs during the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, 30 percent of respondents said they spend $1,000 or more per year.
“We salute our recipients here in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley and all the hard-working teachers everywhere,” Arvest marketing manager Jennifer Caldwell said. “We know teachers face a lot of challenges and we appreciate what they do on a daily basis to make a positive impact on their students and our communities. We hope our gifts make these teachers’ jobs a little easier.”
About Arvest
With more than $26 billion in assets, Arvest Bank is a community-based financial institution serving more than 110 communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Established in 1961, Arvest Bank is committed to meeting the needs of its more than 830,000 retail and business customer households by continually investing in the digital tools and services customers expect. Its extensive network of more than 200 banking locations provides loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing as a part of its growing list of digital services. Arvest is known for its commitment to the communities it serves and to attracting, hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented people. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. To learn more please visit
About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not a Deposit, Not Guaranteed by the Bank or its Affiliates, Not FDIC Insured, Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency, May Go Down in Value. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.
Jennifer Caldwell
Vice President/Marketing Manager
Arvest Bank
(479) 573-1229