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Two Marion School District teachers are among those recognized as “Best-Mannered Teacher” of the 2020-21 school year by the National League of Junior Cotillions, Arkansas Delta Chapter.

Marion teachers earning the recognition are Christie George of Herbert Carter Global Community Magnet and Kelly Phillips of Marion Junior High.

Those receiving the awards were nominated by Junior Cotillion students who wrote an essay about a teacher in their school. George was nominated by Drake Chaney, and Phillips was nominated by Chloe Griggs.

“The students in our program were excited about being a part of the selection process,” said Chrissy Carlson, director of the local Junior Cotillion. “They wanted to honor teachers who exemplify the etiquette and manners being taught in our program.”

The criteria for selection included teachers’ positive characteristics, how they show courtesy and respect for students, and why the teacher is a good role model.

“The special teachers are those who treated students with respect and instilled a love of learning which will continue to have a positive effect on the student’s performance throughout their school years,” Carlson said.

The National League of Junior Cotillions is an etiquette and social dance training program that involves thousands of students nationwide. Students learn the customs and courtesies that will serve them for a lifetime. Topics covered include table manners, writing thank-you notes, and responding to formal invitations, in addition to many other social skills that will make life more pleasant for them and those around them. Most importantly, the students learn to feel comfortable in social situations.

For more information regarding the Junior Cotillions program, call 501-617-0421.