Mary Beth Hatch is a graduate of Bergman High School. She received her bachelor of science in early childhood education in 2006 from The University of Central Arkansas in Conway. From there she taught second grade for two years at Kennedy Elementary School in Terrell, Texas and then taught second grade for four more years at Lewis Elementary in Forney, Texas. During her time as a teacher in Texas she was named the 2008 Community Connection recipient and 2011-2012 teacher of the year. Mary Beth then moved closer to home and took a third grade teacher job at Skyline Heights Elementary in Harrison, Arkansas where she was named the teacher of the year for the 2013-2014 school year at Skyline. With a passion for project based learning, she became the EAST teacher at the Harrison Junior High School where her team of students won the 2016 Founder's Award, among other honors. Since then she was named the 2016 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator of the Year, a 2016 Harvard-Kennedy School Bright Idea award winner, 2017 Lemelson-MIT Excite Award Educator, 2018 and 2019 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow student team state finalist, 2019 National Science Teaching Association's Sea World Environmental Educator of the Year, now a 2019 PAEMST state awardee for science, and she is currently serving on the inaugural National Geographic Teacher Advisory Council. Mary Beth is married to her husband, Alex Hatch, and they have three children, Maelea 10, Phierce 7, and Myles 5. Along with her family she enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, shopping, Dr. Pepper, and watching t.v.