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April's Teacher of the Month: Amy Oost

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

Amy Oost, a U.S. and world history teacher at Greene County Tech, has been named April Teacher of the Month.

Region 8 News interrupted Oost's U.S. history class Wednesday to honor her for her ability to inspire the kids of today to be our leaders of tomorrow.

"I'm really shocked," Oost said when Region 8 News surprised her. "I really don't feel deserving of this. I think there's a lot more teachers here who are more deserving than me. This is really only my second year in teaching."

Oost went to school for teaching but worked in customer service after graduation..

"I was working in a job where I didn't feel fulfilled," she said. "I wasn't happy with it."

So two years ago, she decided to serve young minds instead.

"I wanted to be doing something that I loved," Oost said. "I want to make a difference and I want to do something meaningful with my life."

Now Oost is back in school doing just that. She teaches history to sophomores and juniors, sponsors the school's Young Politicians Club, and organized more than 80 fundraisers this year to take seven students to Washington, D.C.

"It really paid off," Oost said. "They really enjoyed the trip. They learned a lot from it and I think it inspired several of them as well."

In turn, she said her students inspire her with their political curiosity.

"They know a lot more about what's going on than we give them credit for," she said. "They have lots of questions and they're dying to learn more about it."

For this reason, Oost wants to get her students more involved in Model United Nations and the Arkansas legislature. 

She also takes time away from her family to tutor whoever, whenever.

"Teaching's not really a career that you can just turn off when the bell rings at 3:05," Oost said. "It's a lot of work."

But that's what it takes today to make leaders for tomorrow.

"To hear what their plans are for the future and see what they want to do, knowing in some cases I helped inspire some of that, really makes me feel good," she said.

Oost said she doesn't having any aspiring politicians yet, but she does have aspiring Capitol Hill workers.

"You see students mature not only mentally, but also as people," she said. "They turn into young adults and it's exciting to see that. That's one benefit from teaching I never really thought about. I didn't think I would actually get to see something like that."

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