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|Herndon named Teacher of the Year|
Herndon named Teacher of the Year
Vidalia High science teacher Tim Herndon likes to use a philosophy he often practiced as an assistant baseball and football coach for many years.
"I just try and treat the students fair, get them interested and try to get them to put all the pieces together," Herndon said. "You have to get them to buy into the fact that you are interested in them and genuinely have their bests interests at heart."
Herndon apparently is getting that point across as he was recently voted Teacher of the Year in Concordia Parish in a balloting held at Wal-Mart in Vidalia.
"I was very surprised," Herndon said. "It makes it even more special coming from the students."
Herndon has been teaching at Vidalia High for 22 years.
"Mr Herndon is an outstanding teacher," said Vidalia High principal Rick Brown. "He helps the students and pushes them to be the best they can be. He's not just interested in the kids as students, but as people. He does a great job teaching and preparing them for the GEE test, as well as life after high school."
Herndon will receive $1,000 from Wal-Mart to use for his class.
"I like to do a lot of lab studies in my Biology and Biology II class and a lot of dissecting," Herndon said. "I didn't think I would have enough money this year to do some of the things I wanted, but this gives me the opportunity to do a lot more activities."
Herndon said the students haven't changed a lot over the years.
"It's a little tougher to motivate them, but they are basically the same," he said. "There are some real good students here."
And the most rewarding part of teaching.
"I love it when a student starts figuring things out and you start seeing the change," he said. "And I had a student tell me the other day her sister wanted to thank me because she just received her Master's degree in Biology and appreciated how I helped her. That really makes it all worthwhile."
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