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Dr. Crystal Maree Beshears enrolled at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center in 1995 when she was 17 years old.  “I was a student at Northside High School at the time.   I began classes and enrolled my daughter into the daycare at Adult Ed.
I earned my GED in October of what would have been my senior year in high
school and began college at Westark Community College in January.”

Dr. Beshears earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Arkansas in 2012.   She has worked as a high school Social Studies teacher for Lincoln Schools in Arkansas.  “I had a heart for working with teens due to my
experiences as a teen.”  Beshears has worked as an Instructional Coach at
the district, state, and national levels.  Dr. Beshears also served as
Senior Program Specialist for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
in 2012/2013 in Arkansas. 

“There were a lot of great teachers at the Adult Education Center and my family supported me. At one time I felt embarrassed with having earned a GED.  When I began graduate school, I was concerned that if people knew I was a teenage mom and had to get my GED that it would hinder me as I moved forward in my career.
Eventually, I decided that I would let me skills, ability, and personality speak for itself.  I feel an obligation to share my story and let other people know that anything is possible.  There were a lot of great teachers at the Adult Education Center and my family supported me.”

Dr. Beshears, the teachers and staff at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center congratulate you for all of your accomplishments. Your story is inspiring!

A Financial Aid representative from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will share information on scholarships, Pell Grants, and student loan processes at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center, located at 501 South 20th Street on Thursday, August 28th at 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on the second floor.

Come start your journey towards higher education here.

There are many opportunities at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center:

• Earn a GED for Free
• Workplace and Career Readiness Classes
• Computer Classes
• Spanish Classes
• WAGE and Career Readiness Certificates

Welcome to our new Math Instructor, Daniel Weidman!  Daniel obtained his degree from John Brown University. Mr. Weidman comes to us from Saint Boniface Catholic School.  He is teaching our Applied Math and Computational Math classes, preparing students for the GED and workforce readiness.  When he isn't teaching math at AEC, he is the assistant coach for the Northside High School Girl's soccer team.

Welcome to our new ESL Instructor, Amanda Kennedy!  Amanda obtained her Bachelors of Science in History with a 7-12th grade Social Studies License in 2008. Prior to joining us here at Adult Education Center, Amanda taught English as a Second Language at ELS, a partner of UAFS. She has also worked as a substitute teacher and an ESL tutor. This Greenwood native recently moved to Fort Smith and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her daughter, reading, photography, and travelling. 

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