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Two Missouri Public School Teachers Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

Of the five newest inductees into The National Teachers Hall of Fame, two are teachers in Missouri’s public schools.

Daryl Johnson is a high school English teacher at Smithville High School in Smithville, MO, and Beth Vernon is an 8th grade Earth and Space Science teacher at Brittany Hill Middle School in Blue Springs, MO.

Johnson, who has taught for 17 years, is also president of the Smithville Missouri NEA affiliate and is a National Board Certified teacher.

An anonymous student on had this to say about Johnson’s teaching:

“Mr. Johnson is without a doubt the best teacher I've ever had. He is funny and personable and entertaining. He is challenging without being over the top at all. Everyone is very attentive in his class and it is enjoyable. He is very passionate and always understanding. I definitely recommend him!”

Vernon, who is in her 28th year of teaching, was also a Disney Award Teacher in 2010. Vernon’s principal, Dallas Truex, says, “Too many times we hear the things that aren’t going as well. We’ve got great teachers, and this is one of the examples of those teachers.”

Three other teachers, representing Texas, Oklahoma, and Maryland, were also inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2013.


The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), located in Emporia, Kansas, was founded in 1989 by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, USD 253, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce as a tribute to our nation's most important profession - - teaching.

The Hall of Fame is committed to drawing the public's attention to exceptional PreK-12 teachers through a museum, teacher resource center, and recognition program which honors five of the nation's most outstanding PreK-12 educators each year. The NTHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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