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Treasa Poydras Thrower – Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero for January

Treasa Poydras Thrower is January's Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero!

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Treasa Poydras Thrower was raised in Crossett, Arkansas where she attended elementary, middle, and high school before graduating in 1986. After graduating high school, she continued her education at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1990. Her teaching career started in Crossett, Arkansas, where she taught first grade for six years.

In 1996, she moved to Camden and taught second and third grade at Iory Primary until 2006. She did her best to make learning in her classroom fun and exciting. From 2006 to 2010, she served as assistant principal at Fairview Elementary School, where she cultivated positive relationships with students and parents. From 2010 to 2023, she served as principal at Fairview Elementary School, where she loved and was loved in return by many students, staff members, and parents.

Her dedication and consistency were a driving force at Fairview Elementary School. As principal, she mentored several assistant principals who eventually left to be principals over their own building. Mrs. Thrower has been a wonderful asset to the Camden Fairview School District. At any given time, you could find her subbing in a classroom, wiping tables in the cafeteria, lending a listening ear, or merely giving a student a hug as she often did. Her wisdom and concern for students of all ages was practical.

Her accomplishments include being nominated in 2005 by her peers as Teacher of the Year, and in 2006 she was nominated as Walmart Teacher of the Year. Most recently, in 2022, she was nominated as the Camden Fairview School District representative for the National Distinguished Principal Award. She is co-owner of Snow Angel Snow Cones with her husband Patrick of twenty-seven years. They have two children, Patrick, “PJ” Thrower, Jr, and Sydnee Thrower. As of June 2023, Mrs. Thrower retired with thirty-three years of service to the educational system.

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