POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Dana Bingham, an upper-level math teacher at Trumann High School, was selected as our December Teacher of the Month.
Bingham is a National Board Certified teacher and has 15 years of experience in teaching.
She taught for 8 years at Arkansas State University, 1 year at Harrisburg Schools and has spent the last 6 years at Trumann High School.
Bingham also serves as a co-sponsor of the school's student council and math club.
When we showed up in her class, Bingham said she thought we were there for one of her students.
"I was completely surprised," Bingham said. "I actually thought one of my kids was about to get a big scholarship."
Once she realized we were there to surprise her, Bingham said she was excited and humbled.
A former student, who is now in college sent in a letter nominating Bingham.
In the letter, the former student said Bingham goes above and beyond when it comes to helping students and makes sure they actually learn the lesson.
After reading the nomination letter, Bingham said she felt very honored.
"These kids mean a lot to me," Bingham said. "I feel like they're part of my family because I spend so much time with them and they need someone to care about them. I feel like this is why I need to be here. It makes it all worth it."
Bingham said she was inspired by one of her high school teachers to come back to her hometown and teach, favoring a more personal connection with the high school students as opposed to a larger class.
"I really feel like it's a huge mission field," Bingham said. "You can change so many lives being here at the school."
Bingham said things like lesson planning can be stressful at times but she has no intention of retiring any time soon.
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