Our Mission

The Arkansas Teacher Corps recruits, trains, and supports  exceptional, social justice-oriented individuals to serve as teachers for Arkansas students who need them the most.

Our Vision

All Arkansas students will have the agency to pursue extraordinary lives through excellent, equitable education that empowers them intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Shelley Aschliman

Executive Director
Shelley oversees the day-to-day operations of ATC and is responsible for staffing, fundraising, and communicating with school leaders, legislators, and the public. Shelley is a former English teacher who spent four years teaching in a high-needs, agricultural community in coastal California before moving to Arkansas where she continued to teach. Among other teacher leadership roles,...
Shelley Aschliman

John Hall

Director of Recruitment
John plans and coordinates ATC’s recruitment, selection, placement, and licensure efforts, as well as managing the part-time University student workers who assist with outreach and communication. John received a Bachelor of Science in political science and a minor in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he is currently pursuing a M.A....
John Hall

Brandon Lucius

Director of Teacher Development
Brandon designs the Fellow development continuum, plans and coordinates professional development, and collects and analyzes various data to evaluate ATC’s program effectiveness and Fellows’ classroom impact; he also coaches science and math Fellows throughout the state. Brandon additionally serves as the Managing Director of Summer Institute where his responsibilities include managing summer staff, coordinating logistics,...
Brandon Lucius

Doug Waddill

Director of Coaching
Doug is responsible for monitoring the coaching programs for the Fellows enrolled in the Arkansas Teacher Corps program as well as helping design more effective teacher training through professional development and ongoing individualized support.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and went on to complete a Masters...

Sarah Sutton

Teacher Development Manager
Sarah coaches and supports teachers through classroom observations and debriefs, in addition to helping with designing and facilitating professional development. She is a native of Fayetteville, AR and earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas. Sarah was a 2014 Fellow and completed her educator certification for English...

Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.

Faculty Director & ATC Co-Founder
Gary is a Professor of Education Policy and holder of the 21st Century Endowed Chair in Education Policy in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Gary also serves as the Director of the Office for Education Policy (OEP), which serves as a source of evidence and data on K-12...
Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.