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Daniel Arnett

Position: Engineering and Architect Design Teacher
School: Hampton High School
School District: Carter County Schools
City, State: Hampton, TN

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Daniel Arnett was nominated by a student who wished to remain anonymous

"Mr. Arnett is a wonderful teacher and mentor. He has not only prepared me for college, but a career," said his nominator. "He has taken my classmates and I to compete in SkillsUSA and TSA regional, state, and national competitions. I have been to states I would have never had the opportunity to see if it had not been for him. Also, he has given us the opportunity to go sightseeing and do extra activities. Mr. Arnett has encouraged, supported and taught me to become a better student and person."


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Nick Swiney Posted 1 days ago

Mr. Arnett is an inspiring man, who has a real gift for teaching.

N/A Posted 1 days ago

First hand I have seen the blood sweat and tears through fundraising, prepping for and attending conferences, after hours, weekends, and summer vacation time Mr.Arnett selflessly and enthusiastically invests for the betterment of the student. He beams with pride as he tells complete strangers of his students' achievements. He has accomplished so much but would rather all the attention be deflected to his students. When he went to HHS, there were no CAD/TSA/Skills programs. Now these are programs that have achieved National recognition on multiple occasions and have put Tennessee and HHS on the map, showcasing student academics/awards/honors. He has excelled in all he has attempted in life- first as an engineer, manager and coach but teaching was his main goal early in life. He ensures all the students are recognized by local papers, even TV stations. He counsels them regarding college, taking them on tours, giving them insight that otherwise would not have occurred. He has given countless references that assisted students into college. He has been the former teacher of graduates from MTSU, UT School of Engineering, etc. He has secured jobs for graduates at places like TVA, helping them have their best shot at life. Mr. Arnett is the true epitome of higher education and truly a genuine, pure person. His students contact him for help even while at the college, or post graduate levels, maintaining contact with him and thanking him for how he has shaped their futures and lives. The permanent impact left is how you measure success as a teacher. Mr.Arnett is following his true calling. He was born to teach, born to lead- a natural born life changer.

Austin Boling Posted 1 days ago

Mr. Daniel Arnett is a very great guy and is the true definition of this award. With this being said, I have witnessed very many milestones surpassed from students in his classroom. I took his Engineering and Architect Design classes all throughout high school. He made sure that I was doing the very best job I could, not only in his class but at life in general. He took his classes on multiple college campus tours and student leadership events. He also pushed us to compete in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math related competitions which were held at local, state, and national levels. At those competitions, his students were up against numerous different schools with as many students up to 4x our school’s population. And Mr. Arnett was able to prepare, study, enforce, and motivate us to where we could be champions at those competitions. Mr. Arnett wants his students to be very successful in the classroom and at what ever they may do after high school. He wants his students to be sure that they have the mindset to be the very best at whatever they do. He believes in doing something with all you’ve got. Never to be lazy or a slacker. Along with being an excellent teacher, he also wants to have a close relationship with all of his students. He has the love for coaching, teaching, mentoring, counseling his students. I am very glad I was able to have him as a teacher and a coach. But as the years move forward, I am also very glad to have him as a friend. We still call each other and remind each other of fun times had on trips to competitions and college campus tours. A life changer like Mr. Arnett made me enjoy my high school years more than some students would. I am very blessed that I was able to learn not only studies, but life long lessons as well.

Erica Glass Posted 2 days ago

Daniel is a outstanding person and goes above and beyond for his students and school

Alex Marlow Posted 4 days ago

It's hard to summarize just how above and beyond Mr. Arnett goes to ensure that every kid he encounters meets their full potential. From travelling to state and national competitions to touring college campuses the opportunities he has put in his kids life, including my own, is impossible to count. I began taking his drafting classes sophomore year and continued through senior year and I can honestly say the influence and friendship he offered had a part in making me who I am today. I can't think of a teacher who is more deserving to be called a life changer.

Kevin Kiser Posted 4 days ago

I met Daniel Arnett about twenty years ago when we were colleagues working at a local Electronics Manufacturing Center. During that time, I learned that Daniel is a person that strives for perfection. He is incapable of half-doing any task. Daniel is an "all in" kind of guy. We became good friends over the 6 to 7 years we worked together. Professionally, we went our separate ways when the company chose to shutdown the local operation. However, we stayed in touch and are still great friends today. Daniel chose to pursue a new career in education as he had a desire to coach, teach and mentor local youth. During his career in education, I have watched Daniel excel as an educator, an encourager, a motivator, a mentor and a real life changer. While serving periodically as an Industry Technical Advisor for him and his classes, I have witnessed the admiration students have for Daniel. Without acknowledgement or taking any credit for personal success, he has become a benchmark for how CTE professionals within the local school system and surrounding systems are measured. His students have demonstrated exceptional achievement as evidenced by the numerous regional, state and national awards. This distinguished legacy continues to inspire his colleagues and students. More importantly than all the educational accolades that folks can shower on Daniel, the fact that he is just simply a good man is probably the most significant. Evidence of this can be seen in the respect and affection his former and current students have for him. This admiration is a result of Daniel's constant investment in his students and explains why his former students continue to seek counsel with him long after leaving his classroom. While I'm sure there are many deserving candidates for this aware, I am absolutely certain there is no one more deserving of the Life Changer of the Year title!

Brody Deloach Posted 5 days ago

Mr. Arnett has been an amazing influence on my life in just the short amount of time that I have known him. I took his entry level Architecture and Design class my final semester of high school and learned many things both within the class as well as how to present myself as an adult. With Mr. Arnett's help, I was able to become State Runner-Up in a SkillsUSA competition. I also became more involved in extra curricular activities that have led me to persue a career in the engineering field. I owe everything to Mr. Arnett

David Fletcher Posted 5 days ago

Daniel has given his students the opportunity to succeed in the real world for many years now. He has proven to be an example for all educators to follow in the task of preparing the next generation to lead our country to meet the challenges that lie ahead. He definitely qualifies for life changer of the year.

Devin Riddle Posted 5 days ago

Mr. Arnett is a great teacher, and a even better person. I had him my Senior year in highschool, and wish I got in his class sooner. I enjoyed the way he tought and how he works with each student. He taught me more in a single semester than I would've been able to learn in a year with another teacher. His teaching ways are fantastic and has encouraged and changed more students than any other teacher i know.

Zack Oliver Posted 5 days ago

Arnett has changed my life in a huge way. He has pushed me as much as he could and isnt finished yet. Thanks to him i have won 6 state champion ships and recieved a national runner up. I can't believe how much Arnett has changed me in a possitive way and how much he has motivated me to be my best. I cant wait to see the other students he will change and the other great accomplishments he will achieve.

Lillian Street Posted 5 days ago

I am a recently graduated student of Mr. Arnett. From the first day I took his engineering and architecture design class, my sophomore year of high school, he ask me where I wanted to be after high school, after college and I told him I want to be an engineer. Since that day it has been one of his many goals to get me there, whether that be working late after school to win state championships or improving my people skills that would get me the scholarships and make the connections that put me where I am today. I’m currently preparing to go into my first year at Tennessee Technology University majoring in mechanical engineering and I credit where I am and who I am today to Mr. Arnett. He’s not just a great teacher, he’s a role model and mentor to every student that walks through the door of his classroom.

Jenna Mckinney Posted 5 days ago

Mr. Arnett has help me a lot. When I didn't understand something he would go over it with me until I understood. He's honestly an amazing teacher and person. Mr. Arnett always has some cool story to tell and usually has a life lesson in it.

Katrina Hyder Posted 5 days ago

Mr. Arnett is a fantastic and enthusiastic teacher. He assists every student step by step until they are finished. He teaches students proper business etiquette and social skills. He pushes students to do their very best. Keep up the good work!

Laura Norris Posted 5 days ago

Mr. Daniel Arnett has steadily transformed the educational culture of Hampton High School through his dedication, enthusiasm, and superior work ethic. Year after year, he has taken students from our rural, low socio-economic environment and helped them to realize that they can compete with the best of the best in our local area, in our region, in our state, and in our nation. He has helped students to believe that, not only can they compete, they can win! While in the past students from our school have often received recognition athletically, there has been a longtime, underlying cultural belief in our community that our students could not compete academically with most other schools. Daniel Arnett has certainly disproven that! The success rate achieved by his students is absolutely phenomenal. The list of awards his students have earned is ever-growing and far too lengthy to mention. However, Mr. Arnett's motive for having students compete is not about collecting the wins; it is about producing students who will be successful, confident, productive members of our society. He has achieved that goal over and over again with increasing success. What a lifelong gift these students have received as a result of the travel, competition experience, personal growth, and team building opportunities they have shared together! It is both an honor and a pleasure to provide support for my friend and former student and co-worker, Daniel Arnett. I could not be more proud of the person he was in my class and the person he is today. HHS is unbelievably fortunate to retain a teacher with Daniel's ability to interact with students at such an extraordinary level. He is a mentor, encourager, fundraiser, goal setter, community leader, and role model. Daniel not only has a vision of betterment for his students, but also for himself. He has continued his own education and strives each year to improve upon the performance of the previous year. He inspires students and faculty members alike by accepting new projects and establishing more challenging goals. Each academic year Daniel seems to produce gains which many would deem impossible. If any teacher on the planet deserves to be named, "Life Changer of the Year," it is Mr. Daniel Arnett of Hampton High School. He changes lives every single year! Laura Norris, Retired Educator, HHS

Jada Grindstaff Posted 5 days ago

I had Mr. Arnett when I was in high school, and he definitely made a huge impact on my life. He would not let me give up, especially when I really felt like I needed to. He pushed me to be the best that I could possibly be.

Ellie Campbell Posted 5 days ago

Where do you even begin with Mr. Arnett. As a teacher, he takes his job to the next level. I decided to take his CAD classes my senior year, and my only regret is that I wish I taken then sooner. Beyond being a teacher, Mr. Arnett has become a mentor, part-time counselor, and a good friend to me. Out of all the courses I took at Hampton High School, his prepared me the most for my secondary education. He pushes students until they accomplish things they never dreamed possible. With Mr. Arnett, I competed in Skills USA CPR/First Aid at the regional, state, and national levels. The amount of laughs, jokes, and fun times we all had is nothing compared to the lifelong lessons we all learned in that small class room. Being a fourth year student at the University of Tennessee, I may not know how to draw a blue print anymore, but I know how to look someone in the eye with confidence, how to properly shake hands, and how to push myself to the limit to reach my goals. I can say with confidence that Mr. Arnett's lessons go far beyond the computer.

Everette Lydick Posted 5 days ago

Mr. Arnett has provided many great resume building experiences for me and every student in the class. He has taken us to many college campuses on tour getting information about their cte and engineering courses. As well as he had taken us to places like American water heater where got a tour of the facility and how they design their parts and what the parts do. There are countless other great opportunities we have been on due to mr. arnett caring for each of his students and wanting to see each and everyone of us go above and beyond in the world and succeed

Scotty Johnson Posted 5 days ago

I am a good friend with Mr. Daniel Arnett, I Could spend three days writing this comment over the competitions through skills USA and Tsa his students have won. I became a teacher 3 years ago and I was inspired and still striving to be a successful teacher as Mr. Arnett has been. He spends countless hours after school working with students to see them accomplish their goals in the classroom and in their careers. Daniel Arnett is one these people that intrigues happiness ,responsibility and goal achieving activities when you around him. He as also been a great teaching mentor to me as a entry level teacher. So many students and teacher staff owe him for changing their life's to reach their full potential. I am honored to call him a friend and very excited to see him receive the lifechanger of the year award!

N/A Posted 5 days ago

Arnett has taught me so many things, like how to work well with a big group of people, hard work, dedication to what I do, how to go through a job interview and almost guarantee getting the job you applied for, and He’s taught me patience. He is an amazing teacher and an all around wonderful person.

Jonah Rhinehart Posted 6 days ago

I am a student of Mr.Arnett and he is an amazing teacher and really works with his students. He try’s his very best to get students where they want to be in the future and I’ve seen him guide them to they’re career. He’s changing future of students lives getting them a good job and leading them through school.

Kole Fisk Posted 6 days ago

I am a previous student of Daniel Arnett. Before attending his class, I had no goals or aspirations to attend college, however after attending his class, I found out I have a passion for engineering and drafting. I will be graduating in the spring of 2020, with an associates in Industrial Engineering Design. Thanks to his hard work and dedication to me and his other students, not only has he taught me the importance of making sure your work is done right, and that hard work always pays off. He has also inspired me to attend college.

Letha Stricklin Posted 6 days ago

Daniel is a great guy and very deserving of this award.

Emily Phillips Posted 6 days ago

I have two siblings who know Mr. Arnett well. My oldest brother finished his program. My slightly older sister is currently in his classes and doing very well. He challenges her academically, which doesn’t happen often. Through his program she’s hoping to be prepared to compete in different public speaking competitions. Through my two siblings and knowing him as a close family friend, I’ve seen first hand that he prepares his students for life beyond high school.

Neyland Sluder Posted 6 days ago

Going into his class I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and I had been given a lot of suggestions but none that stuck out to me, then I started taking his classes and he took me to competitions and showed students around colleges and introduced us to professors and really helped me to get my mind where it needed to be about how important choosing a college is and helped me get to see so many and really see what each college had to offer, and just from being in his class he helped prepare me for college unlike I ever knew was possible and got me ready to be in a college class and helped me realize what was ahead of me. Then when I was having problems figuring out which programs of study to choose for what I wanted to continue doing after high school even though I had graduated he helped me learn about each program of study and helped me with setting up my plans to get through college. If not for him I may not have been put into the program to continue doing what I loved through high school or even know about the classes and I won’t ever be able to thank him enough for preparing me for the next part of my life and helping me get through high school ready for college.

Heather Grindstaff Posted 6 days ago

I am a current student of Mr. Arnett. If I had to describe him in one sentence, I would say he truly is a life changer. I love Hampton; however, we are part of a smaller community. Living in a smaller town can often limit the experiences you participate in during your highschool years. Mr. Arnett's program defies the small town stereotype in every way possible. Year after year his program is proof that where you come from is irrelevant to your future. Mr. Daniel Arnett goes above and beyond his job as a teacher. From buying lunch for students who cannot afford it to keeping up with them well into their careers, he is the teacher that I hope every highschool student has the joy of meeting. One step into his classroom is enough to show he has a strong passion for what he does. Throughout the years, his students have accumulated over 40 state championships and two national runner up awards, but he will not take credit for it. You will often hear him say, "The trophies aren't mine. You guys put in the work, not me. Thank you." He has given many students a future they didn't even know they were capable of having by being a selfless, resilient, and caring advisor.

Jamie Oliver Posted 7 days ago

My son is one of the many students in which Mr. Arnett has taught, over the past three years Zack has won 6 State Championships and 1 Second Place in TSA National Competition. I have had the pleasure to be a chaporne over the past three years to watch my son compete, while at the same time I became friends with Daniel. I have watched him encourage his students, give them consutrive criticism and hope. As I have learned through out these years Mr. .Arnett's students have won 44 State Championships and 2 National runner-ups. While some may think this is not a big accomplishment, but in our rural area where sports tend to get the recognition these titles are all academic. I wish Mr. Arnett the best and thank him for his comment to education.

Larry Nave Posted 7 days ago

Daniel Arnett was a student in my Agriculture Classes during the years of 1990-1994 . As a student, Daniel became interested in several curricular activities of FFA and 4-H. He became a team member of several competitions of which he excelled in. One such competition was Forestry. Here he and the team climbed the latter of winning and won State competitions and went to National competition and done well. He was also on the 4-H Forestry team that placed 1st in the nation. Everything that Daniel did in school was done with an eagerness to learn more and do very well. After high school, Daniel and I have remained good friends and have shone tremendous support of each other. Daniel keeps me informed of his and his student's accomplishments. I am very proud to have had Daniel as a student and, as life moves forward, as a friend. This nomination is well deserved of this young man. He takes pride in his students and his community.

Lee Cole Posted 7 days ago

I am a parent of two of his former students and I have watched him show encouragement and support for their success both in school and even after school in college and my oldest into the teaching profession. My youngest son thinks of him like another Dad. It is because of this man and another two gentlemen that got me interested in the field of being a CTE teacher ( Bruce Wiltshire and Patrick Kelly of Hampton high school ). I have known this man for 10 or 12 years and he is the perfect example of what a teacher should be. He is a perfect example of doing the right thing to help the students, my example of this is from the statewide skills competition this past year. I needed an extension cord for my students and did not have one. He helped me find one threw his co-worker, Mr. Kelly. You could not offer this to a more deserving teacher and I thank God everyday that my sons had him in thier educational career. Way to go Mr. Arnett may you be blessed as much as you have blessed others.

Kathy Boling Posted 7 days ago

Mr. Arnett is a great all around guy. Cares very much about all aspects of his students' lives. Prepares students for real life situations. Thankful he has been a part of my son's life during his school years and still is a good friend to him while he is at ETSU.

Jamie Oliver Posted 7 days ago

My son was one of Mr. Arnett's students and was blessed to have won 6 State Championships over three years; and last year Second Place in the Nation during TSA competition. Mr. Arnett is a Lifechanger in our community!

Ryan Kelly Posted 7 days ago

Mr. Arnett taught me many useful skills in his class that have been useful to me in college. He pushed me and the rest of his students to reach our full potential so we could compete in regional, state, and national competitions. Most importantly helped me and many of my friends to become better people.

Patrick Kelly Posted 7 days ago

I have two sons who have gone through Daniels program at Hampton High School. Both of them were extremely successful because of the time and dedication he gives to his students. Both achieved multiple regional and state championships. Both competed at the National level multiple years placing in the top 10. One as high as second. They are now pursuing college degrees using the skills learned in his program.

Macon Barden Posted 8 days ago

I am another one of the many students he has given the chance to see a lot of things that kids from Hampton usually wouldn’t be able to see. I’ve gotten to compete in all competitions such as regionals, state, and nationals for TSA and regionals and state for skills USA.