It was a big honor for a Blue Springs, MO, teacher - she's one of only five named this year to the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
Everyone knew there was going to be an announcement about the school bond issue at Brittany Hill Middle School. But not everyone knew the bond announcement was just a cover-up for the biggest news of all.
Beth Vernon, a Blue Springs earth science teacher, had been inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
"She was kind of sad because she didn't think she had won and so I had to carry on like maybe she didn't, but I knew it all along," said Dallas Truex, the principal of Brittany Hill Middle School.
Vernon thought she was unveiling a picture of the new school, but the entire school surprised her with an assembly in her honor.
"She's one of my favorite teachers. She sings to us all the time," student Ali Mermelstein said.
"If I'm amazed by something, excited about something. They are going to be too," Vernon said.
Vernon is a science teacher, but she makes up songs to help students remember things in her classes.
"For like a question on the test, you'll sing the song in your head and you just know the answer from the songs she sings to us," Ali said.
Vernon bakes too.
"She baked each class a cake and it had four or five layers to it and it represents the earth's crust," Ali said.
It's that kind of teaching that the National Teachers Hall of Fame board noticed about Vernon - she wrote five essays and entered a video.
"It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life - to sum up what we do, day after day."
In return, she was awarded $10,000 in education and digital equipment and, most of all, rewarded with appreciation from her school.
"I feel guilty of all of this praise landing on me because teachers all over have the burden and they should also share the glory. If only I can share this with everyone," Vernon said.
In the 20 years the National Teachers Hall of Fame has existed, only three teachers from the state of Missouri have been inducted.
Another teacher was selected from Missouri this year - Smithville High School teacher, Darryl Johnson. Both Johnson and Vernon will be recognized in an official ceremony this June.
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