First Grade

First grade in an exciting year filled with inspiring curiosity led by phenomenal team. The children grow from reciting poetry and enjoying Singapore math. They experience the journey our country took from 13 colonies to the formation of our great nation. Students are encouraged to ask questions about science, attend field trips throughout the year, and learn to read and write through explicit teaching methods.

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Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. Anderson teaches first grade, and runs the Running Club, as well as co-leads the 7-12 grade track team at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. This is Mrs. Anderson's 5th year with Responsive Education, and her 15th year teaching. Previously, she has taught at a private Christian school, as well as in the public school system in Colorado. Mrs. Anderson has taught everything from special education preschool to 5th grade. For two years she was the 504 coordinator and Dyslexia Interventionist at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University, and her masters in Inclusionary Practices at University of Colorado. In September, Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Shawn, will celebrate 5 years of marriage. Together they have 5 children, 4 of which are teenagers. Outside of school, Mrs. Anderson enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and long walks with Mr. Anderson.


Mrs. Ezell

Mrs. Ezell received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Oakland City University in Indiana. This year will make her 31st year in teaching, of which, she taught 22 years in kindergarten, 6 years in second grade, 1 year in 3rd grade, and 1 year in 5th grade. She and her husband, Dennis, have been married for 37 years and have 2 children and 1 grandbaby. Her oldest daughter, Samantha, graduated from the U of A in Fayetteville and is a high school English teacher at Gravette. Her husband, Ryan, graduated from the U of A with a computer degree is now is a programmer for J. B. Hunt. Samantha and Ryan just had their first baby, Leah Rose, 1 month ago. Her youngest daughter, Roseanna, graduated from the University of the Ozarks at Clarksville where she majored in accounting and played basketball for 4 years. She is now employed as an accountant for Walton Enterprises. Her husband, Bobby, graduated from the University of the Ozarks where he majored in economics and played baseball for 4 years. He is currently a financial analyst for J. B. Hunt. Dennis is employed at NWACA as the maintenance technician with licenses for electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, safety regulations, and their overall plant operations. Mrs. Ezell believes in the philosophy that "children may never remember what I taught them, but they will remember how I treated them." She loves teaching because she loves making learning fun for others.


Mrs. Walsh

Hello, I am Ms. Sydney Walsh! I am in my second year of teaching and am so excited for the opportunity to do that at the Classical Academy. I went to undergrad at the University of Arkansas and am completing my Master's of Teaching at Harding University this school year and will be finished in May. Outside of school I love to travel, bake, play and watch sports (especially the Hogs), wander around Target, drink coffee, and spend time with my family and friends!


Mrs. Wilson

My name is Nicki Wilson and this is my first year teaching. I am excited and blessed that Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy gave me the opportunity to begin my teaching career. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Missouri Southern State University. I am licensed to teach 1st-6th grade in the states of Arkansas and Missouri. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have 3 amazing daughters who are 14, 12, and 8. Outside of spending time with my family, I enjoy shopping, going to the lake, reading, and playing with my 2 dogs.