|The Paragould Rotary club would like to honor Excellent Educator, Malissa Blackburn from the Marmaduke School District. Malissa has a BSE in Elementary Education and a MSE in Reading from Arkansas State University. She also has a MSE in Library Media from the University of Central Arkansas. Malissa is proud to be serving in her 28th year of service to the Marmaduke school district, where she currently serves as the high school media specialist for the 2nd year. She has worked previously for 19 years teaching 3rd grade, one year teaching remediation, and six years serving as a literacy coach or literacy facilitator. Malissa is married to Tim Blackburn and they have two daughters, Holly who is about to graduate college and get married, and Shelby who is a Senior at Marmaduke High School. In the famous words of an unknown proverb: “Excellent Educators are like a candle-they consume themselves to light the way for others”. The Paragould Rotary Club is honored to recognize Malissa’s dedication to Education and to recognize her at the September 2014 Excellent Educator of the Month.