Mountain Home Education Foundation inducts locals into Hall of Honor – The Baxter Bulletin

The Mountain Home Education Foundation inducted two retired Mountain Home Public Schools employees into the 2020 Hall of Honor.

The 2020 retired educator honoree is Billie Larson, who taught fourth grade in the district for 30 years. The 2020 Earnest Perry retired staff honoree is Kathy Farris, a longtime cook and cafeteria manager at Mountain Home High School.

When Larson (née Deatherage) graduated from MHHS in 1959, she headed to Arkansas Polytechnic College to study political science, but knew she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 1963, but by 1964 she was back in college to earn her teaching certificate. After an initial stint as a head start teacher in Norfork, she became a fourth-grade teacher in Mountain Home, where she stayed for 30 years. During those years, she taught on both the Guy Berry and Nelson Wilks campuses.

Farris went to work in school kitchens as a way to make money while having a similar schedule to her school-aged children and mastered feeding hundreds of kids, eventually transitioning from the kindergarten kitchen to becoming the baker at the high school and eventually managing the high school’s cafeteria.

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