The 37 years of classroom and administrative experience which newly-appointed Hope Public Schools Board member Kathryn Dickinson brings to her role is but part of a busy lifestyle.

The 37 years of classroom and administrative experience which newly-appointed Hope Public Schools Board member Kathryn Dickinson brings to her role is but part of a busy lifestyle.
Although Dickinson retired from the Hope Public Schools in 2008, she remains active in education as president of the Hempstead County Retired Teachers organization. And, she has been active on the local and state level of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which is a professional honor society of women educators in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Japan.
“I serve on both the local and state level of this organization,” Dickinson said.
And, her continuing service to education has been recognized by the organization, which awarded her the Kappa State Achievement Award in the summer. The award is the highest honor that is given at the state level in the organization.
Dickinson served the HPS for 37 years, beginning as a school secretary at the former Brookwood Elementary School prior to obtaining her teaching degree and licensure. She taught first grade at the former Edith Brown Elementary School and Clinton Primary School for 20 years before becoming assistant principal at CPS for 13 years.
“It has been a very rewarding career for me and I honestly and truly feel that I have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children and hopefully have been a help to many, many teachers during my years as an administrator,” Dickinson said upon her retirement.
She went back into the classroom at the college level for five years as an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana.
“I am a member of the Hempstead County Master Gardeners, where I serve as vice president,” Dickinson said.
The organization undertakes the planting and maintenance of public gardens in Hempstead County, including the stone-lined entrance gardens at the William Jefferson Clinton Primary School.
Dickinson is also active in church life at First Baptist Church of Hope.
She will serve on the Hope School Board from Zone 6, having been appointed to complete the term of her late husband, Denver L. “Denny” Dickinson, who was a board member for 15 years. Mrs. Dickinson will be eligible to seek re-election under current law.