PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Every year People Magazine gives one educator in the country the title "Teacher of the Year" and this year, one of six nominees and the only one east of Arizona comes from right here in the Natural State.
Her name is Diedre Young, and THV11 found her at a small Christian school, called Ridgeway High, in Pine Bluff. She called herself an unlikely candidate for the national award, but if you ask her students, they aren't surprised.
"You come in, and she's just so happy and smiling," said 11th grader, Madison Heflin.
"She's always encouraging us to do our best," added 10th grader, William Fells.
"Like, she'll come to your desk if you have a problem, and she'll make sure that you got it," threw in 10th grader, Bethany Heard.
"We definitely have to take notes because it's a tough subject, and she really pushes us to do our best," explained 11th grader, Jacob Andersen.