Arvest Bank Announces “We Love Teachers” Winners

(Joplin, MO) Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that 13 teachers in the Joplin region have been awarded $500 prizes as part of its “We Love Teachers” campaign. The Joplin region has branch locations in ten local communities across Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. A total of 154 awards, totaling $77,000, are being given this year throughout Arvest’s footprint.

The Arvest initiative to honor educators was launched on Sept. 13 and nominations were accepted via the Arvest Bank Facebook page. The winners in the Joplin region are:

County Community Teacher School
Jasper Carthage, MO Bridget Silva Columbian Elementary School
Jasper Diamond, MO Dana Reed Diamond High School
Jasper Jasper, MO Kristin Holliday Jasper High School
Jasper Joplin, MO Dereka Swaim Joplin High School
Jasper Webb City, MO Amanda Christy Webb City Junior High School
Newton Neosho, MO Tricia Philliber Neosho Middle School
Barry Monett, MO Samantha Wilson Monett Elementary School
Dade Dadeville, MO Dawn Katzer Dadeville School
Dade Lockwood, MO Mariah Stump Lockwood Elementary School
Barton Golden City, MO Dawn Garrett Golden City Elementary School
Vernon Nevada, MO Michelle Westerhold Benton Elementary School
Ottawa Quapaw, OK Sarah Fanning Quapaw School
Crawford Pittsburg, KS Mary Robinson Lakeside Elementary School

“Our teachers need support now more than ever and Arvest is thrilled to recognize these teachers in this way,” Lacie Waggoner, Arvest marketing manager, said. “We hope this prize makes their jobs a little easier.

“We also want to salute all the hard-working teachers everywhere. Our goal is to make the communities we serve better and we know teachers do that on a daily basis by making a positive impact on their students.”

About Arvest Bank: 

Arvest Bank operates more than 270 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest also is one of a select few banks in the nation to have its mobile app – Arvest Go – certified by J.D. Power for providing an outstanding mobile banking experience. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.


Lacie Waggoner, Marketing Manager
Arvest Bank

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