LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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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."

Comments (119)

Tyler Posted 7 months ago

Daniel Arnett is a great teacher and great man. Having attended Hampton from 2009-2012 and being one of those students who never really cared for school, I was a less than stellar in the class room and never applied myself to my courses as much as I could have until I attended his drafting classes. His technical knowledge and style of teaching just grabbed my attention immediately and I stated to not only enjoy school but started looking forward to attending more than I ever have. Mr. Arnett piqued my fascination with all things technical and what was started in his class is part of the reason I decided to join the US Air Force and become a successful jet engine mechanic for the 6 years I was enlisted. And after an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant I have decided to re attend school and receive my bachelors. Daniel Arnett is one of the reasons I have went down the path I have and I’m very grateful for people like him and his caring for students and his guidance to get me to where I am today. He’s very deserving of this award and has changed many lives in his class.

Maggie Burchett Posted 7 months ago

As a freshman and sophomore in high school I never thought I would end up taking one of Mr. Arnett’s classes. However, there was an opening on my schedule and I thought why not. I had no idea the life lessons I would learn in the two years in his class or the friendship that would last forever. During my time in the classroom, Arnett pushed me to do better even when I thought I had done well enough to get by. This only made me into a better student who won blue ribbons and compete in Texas for regionals. Mr. Arnett not only taught me lessons about drafting and building bridges, but he also taught me things such as a firm handshake will take you far in life. He taught me interview skills because until a lot of teachers and professors, Mr. Arnett cares about the future of his students. He wants to see each and every one of them succeed not only in the classroom but in life as well. I recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and it brought tears to my eyes as I walked across the stage only to look up and see Mr. Arnett sitting in the standing. He is an outstanding individual and would do any and everything for someone. I am beyond thankful I took his class my sophomore year in high school. Thank you Arnett for always pushing me to be better than I was the day before.

Shane Case Posted 7 months ago

Mr. Arnette has many students that have come to work for me at Lowe’s Home Center. I can tell you that all of his students are very professional and hard workers. The most impressive thing is Mr. Arnette keeps in touch with his students after they have graduated. He is a role model that we could all learn from. There are very few teachers that Care as much as he does.

Anonymous Posted 7 months ago

Mr. Arnett is an amazing teacher and person! He has taught me so much and I always look forward to learn new things in his class. He always encourages me to do my best and to work hard all the time. Everyday in his class I learn new things that are preparing me for college and a career! I look forward to the years I have remaining in Mr. Arnett’s class!

Gary W Jenkins Posted 7 months ago

Daniel Arnett is a true inspiration not just to students but to people in the community. When he is not working hard with students in classroom he is encouraging them to help people in need. Four years ago I was involved in an accident and him a some students brought firewood for me and my family. This was encouraging to me to see him teaching young adults an act of kindness. True class act.

Lisa M Jenkins Posted 7 months ago

Mr. Arnett is a very dedicated educator that spends countless hours outside of the classroom helping students. He always encourages his students to work hard, strive to do their best, and pursue their dreams. He has a very successful student organizations that have been recognized locally, throughout the state and nationally. He competitive nature has developed many successful young men and women throughout his teaching career. I am sure we will see many more students within his program become successful citizens during his educational career. His love for young people, his dedication and hard work makes him number one.

Anonymous Posted 8 months ago

Mr. Arnett has taught me so much while being in his class!!! He is a fantastic teacher and person. I consider myself very lucky to be able to learn from him and I look forward to the years ahead. Mr. Arnett inspires me to always do my best and work towards success!

Robert Posted 8 months ago

I've never had the privilege to truly be a student of Daniel but maybe in some sort of way I have. Daniel and myself have been friends ever since we were very young and we grew up together all through school. I can still remember even as teenagers how Daniel would always push for everyone around him to be better and work hard to do their very best at whatever they may be doing. On the football field he was a true leader and if he thought you weren't performing per your capabilities he would be the very first one to tell you about it, which is what makes him so special. I looked at Daniel as a brother that I never had and a mentor. He may not realize how much of an impact he made on my life growing up but he always pushed me and offered advice that still sticks with me today. I can't even imagine how many lives he has changed to be honest and I couldn't think of any other person more deserving of this award.

Dakota Reece Posted 8 months ago

Mr. Arnett is a spectacular person. He has made me realize that if it looks complicated its actually just simply things put to gather. He is a wonderful teacher I have learned a lot form him and I'm proud to be his student.

Morgan Lyons Posted 8 months ago

This is my first year having him as a teacher. He is a wonderful teacher and role model for his students. He cares for them as much as his own. I for sure will take his class next year. He encourages everyone to do their best and he deserves this award

Jared McKinney Posted 8 months ago

In Mr. Arnett's class, I developed an interest in drafting. Mr. Arnett not only taught me about drafting, but he supported my desire to learn more and pushed me to be the best that I could be at it. As he helped me learn more and more, Mr. Arnett wanted to take it a step further by signing me up for a local Skills USA drafting competition. Although he didn't say it, I could tell Mr. Arnett was having trouble convincing the school to agree to the funding necessary to send me to the competition. However, Mr. Arnett persevered and finally was able to get everything in order for the trip. After a lot of studying, we went to the Skills USA competition and we won the local competition, which allowed us to go to the state level competition. Mr. Arnett continued to guide my studies, going the extra mile several times to gather every resource that might even remotely help me in the competition. Again, Mr. Arnett had to figure out everything about the trip, but managed to organize it, and we went to the state competition where I placed in the top 10. We went to these competitions the following two years, taking increasingly more students to compete in more competitions. All this happened in my high school years, 2009-2012, but it is now my understanding that Mr. Arnett has continued to grow the Skills USA chapter at his school and has had several students make it to the national level competitions. Mr. Arnett’s help didn’t stop there. After high school, I went on to college to obtain a degree in drafting and design. Mr. Arnett would periodically contact me and see how I was doing and how my education was going, sharing with me how his Skills USA competitions were going. When I graduated, I started applying for jobs related to my degree. Mr. Arnett sees about my search and contacts me. He says that he knows of a local construction company looking for a drafter and that he wants to refer them to me. I agree and end up getting the job, which I have now been at for two years and still loving. In conclusion, Mr. Arnett has single handedly had the largest impact on my life of anyone that I can think of. Mr. Arnett supported me and my learning in high school, not only helping me become better at what is now my career, but also helping me learn a good work ethic and how to be the kind of person I want to be. Mr. Arnett taught me many lessons both academically and otherwise that am very thankful for and have shaped who I’ve become today. Mr. Arnett didn’t stop supporting me even after I left his classroom and I owe a lot of what I am today to him.

Christy Burchett Posted 8 months ago

As a parent, I can’t say enough positive things about Mr.Arnett! He was always encouraging my daughter to strive for the best! He was a great role model and mentor for her. He goes above and beyond being a teacher. He takes time and money from his personal life so that his students can have an opportunity to see and do different things. I contribute part of my daughter’s work ethics to Mr Arnett. He was always fun and easy to talk to so his students didn’t consider all the hard work they did as work cause he made it fun and made himself reachable to his students. I want to say a big Thank You for the positive effects Mr Arnett has had on my daughter’s life!!

Joseph Huskins Posted 8 months ago

I have had Mr. Arnett's class for 3 of the 4 years I have been in high school. He has given me tremendous help towards my career and college education. Without him I would've never thought of being an Architect or Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Arnett has given me opportunities to see colleges and potential careers.

Debbie Burchett Posted 8 months ago

Burleson Construction Company Office Manager - Debbie Burchett ...I have had the pleasure of knowing Daniel Arnett for several years now. He is a wonderful teacher, advisor mentor and friend to his students. Both of our daughters attended Hampton High School where he teaches and they both have nothing but wonderful things to say about him and his character as a teacher and as a person. My husband and I have personally witnessed many students lives changed because of Daniel and his passion for helping students succeed in life. I am also the Office Manager for Burleson Construction Company. When we are hiring for our BIM or CAD department, we always contact Daniel to see if he can recommend one of his current of former students depending on what position we have available. We have had nothing but excellent results from hiring his students. They are well trained and educated and ready for the work force because Daniel has made sure of that before they graduated from his class. I feel that he is more than deserving of this award and he continues to change the lives of our youth year after year. He doesn't expect rewards for what he does. He will never have a "GOLD BALL" in the trophy case at the school like the basketball coach or the football coach does. He won't be in the parade with his team because they won the state championship and have his picture in the newspaper and all over the news.... but he WILL always be remembered by his students simply because he DID do something for them that no one else did. He doesn't want the gold balls, or all the glitter and fame. He wants his students to succeed. This is just how he rolls. He wants to make a positive difference in their lives and he certainly does.

Joe markland Posted 8 months ago

Let’s see I don’t even know where to start this man has changed my whole outlook on my future as a student and as a person, Mr. Arnett has brought out something in me I didn’t know I even had such as my love for drafting and engineering. I started in his class last year as a sophomore dreading all the precise work and dedication but what I didn’t realize was that I would continue throughout my first year and start another class with him this semester of my junior year and will be going onto his more advanced class next semester, he ain’t like any other teacher he makes this stuff fun and enjoyable but he won’t let you slack off which in my opinion is a good thing cause it makes us work harder and try harder to better our creations so that when we do enter the work force later on in life we will be better prepared for life and the challenges it brings. Also Mr. Arnett is a good hearted person and makes quiet a lot of very funny jokes with this he calls me the chicken man (I own a chicken farm) and loves to cut up and laugh with me and other students, he makes a environment that others would view as boring to something warm and welcoming. He also cares for his students such as today actually he mentioned I need to stay off the road so I won’t get hit (I split wood at work and I have to do it on the side of the road to save time) but this little quote just shows how much he cares for his students and their well being, I am a very sick person in general and require multiple doctors appointments when I tell Mr. Arnett these things he is conceded and worried and will always tell me he’ll pray for me and that I’ll pull through. Mr. Arnett has been a very positive life changer and a good influencer on my life in becoming a more respectful and determined student and learning I have to work for my stuff and always make it on time and not be lazy and never show up and this is the main reasons I believe Mr. Arnett should be voted life changer of the year.

Stone Hutchinson Posted 8 months ago

Mr. Arnett is a great guy, a great teacher, and just a great person. He really gets to know you and encourages anyone to bring out and be proud of themselves. Always teaches hard work because you don’t get no where without hard work and dedication and Arnett is all about that. My favorite teacher in all of my schooling career!

Dylan Moffitt Posted 8 months ago

I have known Mrs. Arnett almost my whole life. He has helped me through a lot not including what he has done for me in the classroom. I have been with him for 3 of the 4 years that I have been at Hampton High and through those 3 years I have learned so much because of him. Arnett gives students the best opportunities to succeed in school and life I seen him do some incredible things. He will stick by you when no one else will.

Bryan Spock Posted 8 months ago

I had Mr. Arnett for three semester's, and I'm currently don't have his class anymore. But what I can say is he helps you through anything, if you have a problem with an assignment he would help you figure it out. If I could continue taking his class I would, because every day I would get better and every now an then he would let me teach his class while I was in that class helping other students succeed. But if I meet him again in person I would tell him thank you Mr. Arnett for helping everyone thats been in his classroom.

Barbara Posted 8 months ago

I have had two of my kids go through Mr. Arnett's program now. One of them graduated and one of them is currently enrolled in Mr. Arnett's class as a junior. My oldest gained an interest in technology because of his class. I have specifically seen the impact on my younger child though. She has had an increase of confidence through Mr. Arnett's classes. I have seen her become more proud of her achievements. From the conversations we have I know she looks forward to going to school everyday especially because of her excitement to work on the projects she has an opportunity to participate in through Mr. Arnett. He has taught her how to use her many talents in the most effective way. Recently, she brought home a 1st place trophy from TSA East Tennessee State regional competition, but I know she will bring home many more. Her work ethic is outstanding and she is very very bright. Mr. Arnett is the only teacher I have heard of with the passion to match my daughter's hard work with his own. I know he recognizes her intelligence, but he pushes her to learn more. This is not something that is easily accomplished because she is a fast and dedicated learner. I could not be more thankful to Mr. Arnett for pushing her to be her best and giving her opportunities to succeed. Just from the experiences of my two children, I know he is a 1 of a kind teacher. I have no doubt in my mind he is the most deserving of this award.

CC Asst. Road Superintendent Posted 8 months ago

Carter County Assistant Road Superintendent, Shannon Burchett As a friend as well as a parent of a former student of Daniel, I can definitely say he goes above and beyond the role of a teacher. His love and compassion for his students is very evident in his actions. Daniel works hard in the classroom to make sure his students learn and makes sure they are ready for the workforce once they graduate. He spends many hours working outside the classroom to raise funds to make sure they have the opportunity to compete at state level where they always bring home very prestigious awards. These kids would never have these experiences and opportunities were it not for Daniel's hard work after school hours. He makes sure each and every student has the same opportunity. He is a friend to his students as well as a teacher. So many of our youth these days struggle without parents or maybe they don't have good relationships with their parents and they have no adult they can talk to about things. If you are a student of Daniel Arnett, you know you can come to him anytime about anything and if he can help you he will and if he can't, he will find someone who can. He is your friend and your confidant as well as your teacher. As a father of a former student, I can tell you with certainty he made a huge difference in the life of my daughter. She absolutely loved his class. She learned so much and the class had a huge impact on her decision on what she would do after graduation. I am proud to say she will be graduating from MTSU in just a few days. Mr. Arnett has most definitely been a life changer for thousands of kids during his teacher career. He is the teacher that the students never forget. They will always remember him because of all they learned from him, because of how he cared for them and because he made each and every one of them feel like they were the best class he ever had! It's just too bad there aren't a lot more teachers like Daniel. Our youth really needs good men like him teaching and guiding them.

Shirley Hardin, EdD Posted 8 months ago

Watching Daniel Arnett grow from a young child to adulthood has been an enjoyable experience. Daniel always took the lead whether he was playing on a youth league team, being inquisitive and leading during his high school career and becoming a lead teacher as I served as Director of the Carter County School System. During all those years Daniel brought a belief in learning, an unflawed character and an urgent need to help Carter County Students become their best, Observing, evaluating, and learning from Daniel were activities used as Daniel's high school Principal. Making excuses and finding the time in a busy schedule to visit a classroom that Daniel Arnett was in became a definite daily pursuit. Why, one might ask. Knowing that Hampton High School had something special in this young man became my main concern. So, I watched as he lead, motivated, encouraged, modeled and shared his ideas with his fellow students. Presenting Daniel Arnett with the Principal's Award at senior Award's Day was the right and only thing to do. The Director of Schools position did not allow me as much time with Daniel as I had been privileged to have as a principal. Daniel and other teachers continued to bring in many awards: National, State, Regional and Local. As a Director of the school system, the awards kept coming. Daniel's ability in teaching Engineering and Architect Design brought many opportunities for scholarships for our young men and women when applying for college. Daniel has the trust of parents and students. During his spare time, he is a fisherman. He has learned to use his fishing skills everyday to encourage his current students and the students who will follow in their footsteps. These fishing skills of listening, knowing when to speak, when and how to bait the hook, and most importantly; when to reel them in is part of the many skills he uses. I encourage you to honor this deserving teacher as "Life Changer of the Year." Although I retired in 2012, I remain a fan and look for awards and articles about Daniel and his students. He still makes me proud!

Cookie Sluder Posted 9 months ago

Mr. Annette thank you so much for all you do for your students at Hampton High School. They are very blessed to have such a caring teacher as you. My grandson Neyland Sluder thinks your the best teacher ever. Thank you for all the help and encouragement you are still giving him.

Dalton Whitehead Posted 9 months ago

I am a student in Mr. Arnett's class and have been for almost two years now. He has taught me a lot about architectural engineering. We have went on many trips including a state competition at the University of Tennessee where we placed 2nd and 3rd in the bride building competition and 1st place in the egg drop competition. Me and my classmates would not have made it as far as we have without a teacher like Daniel Arnett.

Darryl Hitechew Posted 9 months ago

I am a former student of Mr. Arnett and am now a junior attending The University of Tennessee. Throughout high school and even now, Mr. Arnett was a great mentor and friend to me and countless others in ways that go far beyond what can be written in a single comment. He encourages students to participate in competitions for the clubs he sponsors along with community activities. His and the students he inspires success is often a reason our little small town school makes local news and frequently has competitors at the state and national level. I’ve seen and helped firsthand in the amount of hard work and determination that goes into the opportunity to go on these trips from doing as much fundraising as possible to cover trip expenses so lower income students have equal opportunity and are then able to see places and do things they had never thought possible to coming in countless hours during the summer or after school to work with students and help them prepare. Prior to my teammates and I national competitions, he would come in many times during the week to quiz us for hours to help us prepare because we were willing to work hard and were driven for success inspired by Mr. Arnett and the lessons learned in his classes and trips for competition. The concern and motivation for his students to succeed does not end once his classes are completed or even once they graduate. He makes an effort to keep track of and check in on his students and still brags about where we are now. Just recently, UT hosted Engineering Day and Mr. Arnett brought students down to participate in competition which they were highly successful in. He made it a point to try to visit with myself and other former students that go here. It can not be argued that Mr. Daniel Arnett truly cares and has a passion for his students and their success both inside the classroom and moving forward in life and I could not think of anyone more deserving of the award Life Changer of the Year.

Phyllis Phillips Posted 9 months ago

Daniel Arnett was my supervisor at Siemens Corp before the closing of the plant. I can say that he was a very knowledgeable and fair boss and was liked by all of the employees He gave everyone the chance to reach their potential on the job. I feel that he deserves Life Changer of the Year

Mckinley Kuhn Posted 9 months ago

This is my first year having Mr. Arnett as a teacher. Over this year I have learnt more from him then any other teacher, because Mr. Arnett teaches us life skills that we well use in everyday life. Mr. Arnett makes us do the best we can do because he knows when we get out in the real world, half doing something well not get you anywhere in life. He deserves this award because he encourages, leads and is there for you at any moment.

Glenda Norris Posted 9 months ago

Thank you for all your hard work it impacts these children life’s forever to have a teacher who goes above and beyond to show them they can do anything.Our son when to Elizabethton he is now a civil engineer in Knoxville he goes around to U T and speak at class he loves what he does because someone cared enough to help him so thank you

Debbie Largemt Posted 9 months ago

I am fortunate enough to call Mr. Arnett my friend. I have known him for probably 25 years. He is a truly wonderful person. He’s not only a wonderful educator who goes above and beyond for his students, he is also a wonderful friend and mentor to his students. My daughter was fortunate enough to have his class for two years and she learned so much from him, as do all the students that enter his classroom. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than my dear friend, Mr. Arnett. He truly is one of a kind.

Heather Grindstaff Posted 9 months ago

This is not my first comment for Mr. Arnett. Unfortunately, throughout the chaotic frenzy of my junior year of high school I do not feel I took as much time as I needed to accurately describe how much Mr. Arnett cares for his students. I truly feel that I am prepared for life after high school because of Mr. Arnett's program. While I am not sure if Mr. Arnett was born with his talent to educate or if he had to work for those skills, I am sure that he has a passion for working with young adults. He has been a teacher, an advisor, a counselor, and a parental figure to me throughout high school. I cannot count the hours he spends after school with students simply because his students want to work on their projects. Being a high school student, I am very aware of the lack of motivation in most young adults. Mr. Daniel Arnett educates his students, but he also motivates each and every one of us to want to learn. He provides opportunities for students to see places they never would have without his program. His class is fun, but it also provides opportunities like meeting and working with our county mayor, different professors, business owners, and facility managers. His Architecture and Engineering Design program has also produced many regional and state champions in SkillsUSA and TSA. He has also taught many national competitors. Personally, I met the assistant district attorney from one of my neighboring counties because Mr. Arnett arranged it. He is very aware of each students' goals, mine being to attend the law school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Each and everyday I spend in Mr. Arnett's class room I know I am growing as a person. I become a more well-rounded individual simply by following his example. There are so many positive things to say about him it becomes easy to lose track of them all. Mr. Arnett develops relationships with everyone he comes in contact with. Students that have graduated come and visit him everyday. He has used his own money for his students to eat and to purchase the items they need in order to compete at SkillsUSA, TSA, UT Engineer's Day, and others. He is selfless, intelligent, and passionate about his job. Mr. Arnett is my role model and the best human being I have had the opportunity to encounter.

Jessica Davis Posted 9 months ago

My boyfriend of over five years was enrolled in Mr. Arnett's classes many years ago. While I have seen his interest peak in fields similar to engineering due to that class, the impact Mr. Arnett has on students did not truly catch my attention until my younger sister in law began attending his classes. Through Mr. Arnett, she has toured her dream school, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has also had the opportunity to tour Appalachian State University, Milligan University, ETSU and different manufacturing facilities. She has given multiple presentations just within this school year to prepare her for a career in law. I have seen this program push her to grow more than any other program not only from Hampton, but from any program she has been in. She truly has found her passion for public speaking. Without Mr. Arnett, I'm not sure she ever would've realized the talent she has. Daniel Arnett has supported her through everything even though her interest does not allign with his engineering class. From what I have had the opportunity to see, his program is fantastic for everyone from aspiring engineers to future lawyers. He has proven he goes above and beyond every year by creating successful students. While success is not just defined by the championships and awards they win, my sister in law is determined to follow in her fellow students' footsteps and become a state champion and national competitor. What is truly impressive to me is that these students have just as many opportunities as students from private schools located in more wealthy neighborhoods. Hampton is a small school. They do not have the funding of a school focused on STEM. These factors do not matter to Mr. Arnett. Even as an outsider, I see how much he overcomes for his students.

Peyton Phillips Posted 9 months ago

I am a student in Mr. Arnett’s Architecture and Engineering Design 1 class. I am a sophomore and have only been in his classes for a few months but I can already see how he has pushed me and my fellow students to strive to be better, academically and as a person. Mr. Arnett is an excellent teacher and I am assured that I will graduate with everything I need to move on to the next level.

Meredith Trott Posted 9 months ago

Daniel Arnett is a true life changer. He provides student engagement and instruction that are second to none. His stellar teaching methods and project based learning has a positive impact on all students. He is teaching far more than science and math. He is developing young team players and leaders.

Russell Edwards Posted 10 months ago

Excellent educator!!!! Goes above and beyond the expectations of a teacher. Teaches, instructs, guides, mentors, supports, develops, and molds young people to be successful in all aspect of life. Super teacher.......even better person! Very deserving!

Lora Gilreath Posted 10 months ago

I am most impressed by Mr. Daniel Arnett's approach to teaching his students through a design/build model. His approach not only helps his students gain the most from their time in his classes, but it is also beneficial to our community and local economy. I work at WBEJ Radio in Carter County and part of my job is obtaining school news. There is no shortage of positive news coming from the Hampton High School Engineering & Architect classes - winning competitions, collaborating with other local high schools in projects, working alongside local government officials for improvement projects in the county - I'm sure there is more to come! Carter County boasts graduates from Mr. Arnett's classes at Hampton High School who are now in engineering programs at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), Milligan College, North Carolina State, and Valparaiso University. Mr. Arnett is a Life Changer!

Carter County Mayor Rusty Barnet Posted 10 months ago

Through Mr. Daniel Arnett’s program I have saved approximately $20,000. I have seen his students work on my project by measuring our plot of land and designing an EMS and fire station. This station could potentially save lives by providing a much shorter commute to different parts of our community. These teenagers have the knowledge and work ethic of some adults I have met. While Mr. Arnett does not always give himself the credit he deserves, his students and myself see the passion he puts into his students and the projects he gets them involved in. He has changed the lives of our community by helping improve their access to emergency services. Also, he has changed the lives of his students by giving them real world experiences. There is no doubt in my mind any student who takes Daniel’s class will succeed in life outside high school. Thank you Mr. Arnett!

Mike Vance Posted 10 months ago

I am a 1986 graduate of Hampton High School and chose drafting as my vocational training at HHS. This choice lead me to a position as a manufacturing engineer at a local manufacturing company. I have visited Mr. Arnetts classroom three times and I cannot express how impressed I was with his students and their enthusiasm toward their projects. When you hear the accomplishments past and present from this small rual school in appilachia you quickly realize that incredible things happen because of the right people and not just the amount of money that's available.

Robbie Fritts Posted 10 months ago

Daniel Arnett is one of the guys I am lucky enough to call my friend. He is much more than just a friend though. This man is such a wonderful teacher who takes so much time in and out of regular school hours to work on projects and class work with his students. Daniel has had many students who probably would not have even went on to college now become successful students in many different colleges around the country due to his influence through his teaching strategy that really is hands on. Thanks Daniel Arnett for all you do for the students at Hampton High and the other county High Schools in Carter County. You sir are definitely a life changer!!!

Anonymous Posted 10 months ago

I wanted to remain anonymous because Arnett and I had a rocky path throughout my high school years. I hardly showed up, and when I did I didn't do much in his class. Regardless, I still received recognition for the small things I did accomplish. For this reason, I do not want recognition for this. Commenting on this website is the least I could do to repay Mr. Arnett. Now, I am long out of highschool. Looking back I realize what an unmotivated teenager I was. My journey with Mr. Daniel Arnett carried on for many years. Often I would get upset and make posts about him on social media. I still regret it to this day. Now I know I was frustrated because his class truly challenged me, which is something that did not happen often. The challenges prepared me for college and the work force. Without Daniel Arnett, I would not have been pushed to do anything throughout my high school career. His passion for teaching carries far beyond lesson plans. This man recognizes each and every student. He recognized my talent as well as my lack of work ethic, and he helped me overcome that. I never told him thank you because I didn't appreciate it back then. Mr. Arnett is an individual that does not recognize what an incredible teacher he is. His accomplishments are not recognized because he focuses more on his students than he will ever focus on his self. Because of this, he deserves the title of being a life changer. As a person in my mid-twenties, I have never met a human as selfless as him.

Richard Cox Posted 10 months ago

I would like to comment about Daniel Arnett's work as a teacher and technical contributor. I've had the pleasure of knowing Daniel and his work for 10+ years. We worked together at EPIC technologies before he began his teaching career. Daniel was one of those technical folks who could take an assignment and, on his own, make it happen. I have been lucky to keep in touch with him after we went our own ways after those years in manufacturing. His energy and dedication are something to be appreciated. I look forward to maintaining contact with him. Best Regards, Richard Cox - Assistant Professor, ETSU

R.D. Ward Posted 10 months ago

I have taken one of Mr. Arnett’s classes so far. I’m currently enrolled to take his second class. His patience amazes me everyday. He is not only an incredible teacher, but an incredible person too. It is very obvious to his students and colleagues that he has a passion for teaching. I’ve watched more students than I can count walk out of his program as state champions, but more importantly, they’re prepared for life outside or high school. They excel in college and in the work force. I’m inspired by them as well Mr. Arnett. I hope every student has the opportunity to attend a class with a teacher like him.

Brianna Ward Posted 10 months ago

Mr Arnett is by far the most involved and caring teacher we have, even if you aren’t in his class he makes and effort to see how you’re doing or how your day is! I could think of anyone better to be nominated

Kevin Ward Posted 10 months ago

Daniels love and passion for teaching is evident in daily interaction with his students. Mr Arnett serves as a great role model and is always accessible to his students. Daniel has been a life changer for many students. I highly recommend Mr Arnett for the Life Changer of the Year award.

Mary Peek Posted 11 months ago

Mr. Arnett is not just a teacher to his students. He is also a mentor, advisor, and, in a sense, coach to them. He not only teaches them skills that can help students with hands on skills, but he teaches them lifelong skills that they need to know to not only be successful in life, but to be respectful and respected in the real world. He teaches them to look a person in the eye, how to shake hands the correct way, how to stand tall and how to speak to others, how to fill out applications and resumes, how to succeed in interviews, and I am sure a lot of other things that I am not remembering. It is not all about the competitions with him. It is all about the success that his students achieve when they leave him. It takes a great man to instill these lessons into anyone, but especially teenagers. He definitely goes above and beyond the call of his "job" and you can tell that he really cares about his students. This is why his past students still drop by to say hi or get advice from him. Thank you for everything you do. (past, present, and future!)

Trevor Eller Posted 11 months ago

I had Mr. Arnett starting at my sophomore year in high school. From the moment I stepped into his classroom it was like a whole different atmosphere from the normal classes I took. Arnett made everyone in that class better themselves even if they didn’t know it at first. He taught some very important life lessons that apply even outside the classroom, he taught me how to greet other people, he taught me how to apply for jobs, he taught me ways to improve my interviews. He also greatly helped me get over my fear of public speaking, so much so that I was able to give a speech in front of everyone at graduation. Whenever I needed help with any kind of task, Arnett was always the first one in line to help. I never dreamed of competing with other students I always just assumed I would come out losing but Arnett pushed me every day to make me want to win and want to compete. There were days that Arnett would stay after school with me just so I could get some extra work done on my projects and he could continue giving me pointers. By the end after he had taught me so much I had actually won a state championship and it was all thanks to him. It’s also thanks to him that I’m in the university studying what I am, and if that wasn’t enough it was also him that helped me get the job I have right now. If it weren’t for him opening up the doors of opportunity for me, there would be many things that I could never have done. Thanks to him I have a new sense of confidence and I hold all my work to a higher standard. There’s no way I could ever repay him for changing my life in the ways he did. If anyone deserves this award it’s Daniel Arnett for everything he does for his students and everyone around him!

Shyanne Tuelle Posted 11 months ago

I am currently a student at Campbell University. I had Mr. Arnett for three years during high school. He came up to me one day during my freshman year and asked to give his class a chance that he believed that I could do well in there and I would enjoy it. It definitely was one of my best decisions through out my high school career. He pushes his students to do their best in everything they do in and outside of the class room. He always does everything that he possibly can for his students. He made commitments to his students and he showed us every day how dedicated he was to us and our success. He never wanted any one to do bad but he would push you to your limits so that in the end you could say you are one of the best in whatever area you were working in. He was preparing us for the real world and real jobs. Never was there a time I couldn't turn him no matter if it was about school, basketball, or just need someone to talk to. He always told his students that he would have our backs and be the best teacher he could be for us. Mr. Arnett is just a very genuine person and seriously cares about others around him. I don't see him as just a teacher I had in highscool I see him as a friend. He is an amazing person inside and out and an amazing teacher and mentor. I believe Mr. Arnett is a perfect fit for this award. After everything he does for not only his students, but every single person around him I believe he deserves this award very much so!

Mark Watson Posted 11 months ago

I have known Daniel Arnett since 1992 when I was a freshman and Daniel was a senior in high school. Daniel has been the same guy from then till now. He has always been a person that motivated the people around him even from a teenager. When I got my first teaching job, I contacted Daniel and ask him several questions about club competitions. Daniel never hesitated to help me out. Daniel is the type of guy who is always willing to help a person. Daniel is a great role model for his students. He not only teaches his students classroom lessons, but he also teaches them how to be better people, and how to communicate with others. Daniel is great at teaching life skills to his students so they can become productive citizens.

Abigail Bennett Posted 11 months ago

I was a student who took Mr. Arnett's classes all 4 years of high school. I learned many helpful skills from his classes such as how to apply for jobs, hand-drafting, and using AutoCAD and other computer drafting softwares. I even was able to compete in the TSA 2D Architecture competition at the state and then national level my senior year in 2014. This helped me choose what major I wanted to pursue in college and prepared me for my Interior Design degree program. I used many of the skills I had learned in high school to obtain my undergraduate degree, and I am grateful to have had such a wonderful teacher who was so invested in sharing his knowledge and guiding us. In the years since, Mr. Arnett has continued to mentor students and provide them opportunities to compete on a national level as well as providing opportunities for getting drafting certification and knowledge that will aid them in future endeavors. Not only were his classes useful but they were also very fun and a highlight of my high school experience. He truly cares about his students and and I think he is truly deserving of the award.

Bruce Wiltshire Posted 11 months ago

I've know Mr. Arnett for over10 years and it is amazing how he motivates students to do there best and to never be satisfied with second place, even after they graduate many students come back to visit to let him know what a positive force he has been in their life. Our education system needs more teachers, motivators and friends like Mr. Arnett.

john cole Posted 11 months ago

I have known Daniel Arnett for many years as my football coach and as my teacher. Throughout my time in high school he took me to compete in multiple state and 3 national competitions in drafting. He also pushed me to get my mechanical drafting license, which was the main factor in getting my first engineering internship in college. What makes Daniel Arnett stand out compared to some teachers is that he does not stop caring and supporting you once you graduate from high school. I am currently a senior in college and to this day he still calls me to see how I am doing and if I need anything from him. Daniel Arnett is not just a coach or a teacher he has been a great friend and has definitely changed mine and many others lives for the better.

Glenda Oliver Posted 11 months ago

I don't know Mr. Arnett personally but I know his family. You just have to read the comments to know what an exceptional teacher this man is. To be a "Life Changer" is a huge achievement and I think through the submitted comments he has certainly arrived at this goal. A teenager has so many changes, decisions, and pressures- just having someone take time ( which apparently Mr. Arnett does) and belief in them is so inspiring. I can see how he was nominated for this award. I hope the Selection committee can see and understand just what a "life changer" he is by his achievements, the sincere comments and heartfelt admiration shown on his behalf. Congratulations to Mr. Arnett, his family and to our community.

Michaela Posted 11 months ago

As many have said in other comments, there is not a better person who deserves this award. Mr. Arnett goes above and beyond for all of his students. I started taking his classes freshman year, having no idea what I was getting myself into with the drafting program. My major was in nursing, but changed soon after starting his class. Arnett is always encouraging students to strive and do there best with anything they set there mind to. Me and another former student was the first to compete under Arnett for the egg dropping contest with Skills USA. We came in 10th out of 100 other students and schools! We put in so much time coming up with so many ideas of how to make the egg not break with the least weight. He was there every step of the way pushing us to do better! Aside from the fun things we done for his class, he also pushed us to prepare for a career and the real world. He definitely deserves this award!

Angela Posted 11 months ago

Daniel Arnett truly cares about his students and the faculty at the school. This is a much deserved nomination! Thankyou for all you do!

Kane Phillips Posted 11 months ago

I did not go to Hampton High School as a regular student, but instead I regularly attended another county high school. My senior year though, I was offered the opportunity to ride a bus each morning to Hampton and attend some of the CAD classes taught by Mr. Arnett. This gave me the opportunity to take classes I was interested in, even though my high school did not offer them. The first time I stepped into Hampton, Mr. Arnett was standing there waiting to greet his newest student with a firm handshake and a welcoming smile. I walked into a completely new school and did not know a single soul, but within the first day or two, Mr. Arnett made me feel like a member of the CAD Department Family. Mr. Arnett isn’t like most teachers who just care about their test scores or what administrators think of them, but he genuinely cares about each of his students and wants the best for them and to see them succeed in life. For instance, he starts each semester teaching kids how to properly shake hands and the best way to fill out a job application. Our CAD department was one of the best in the state and we went on a dozen competitions at the regional, state, and national levels. Even though I was a student from another high school within the county, my hard work and determination showed Mr. Arnett that i was capable to compete for our team at those levels. Most notably, I competed in the Job Interview at SkillsUSA and won second place at the state level. That was no easy task, but Mr. Arnett was not about to let any of us go into a competition unprepared. He knew what each student was capable of, and he knew the best way to influence them to do their absolute best, not just for CAD competitions, but to always put their best foot forward in all aspects of life. By the end of my senior year, I went from that kid from a different high school, to the affectionately named “foreign exchange student” (county football rivalries run deep). I didn’t just get to experience a fantastic teacher, but I made lifelong connections and friendships, learned the finer points of putting my best foot forward, and finally Mr. Arnett was the one who introduced me to my now girlfriend in class years ago. He is a great instructor and I am honored to call him not only my mentor, but a great friend. I graduated about four years ago but I know that today, tomorrow, and even in ten years, could pick up the phone and get the best life advice from such an outstanding man. Thank you Mr. Arnett, I wouldn’t be nearly the man I am today without your influence.

Zachary Story Posted 11 months ago

I began taking Mr. Arnett's class my sophomore year, and it was one of the best I have ever taken. From day one in his class, he has always strove to make his students the best they could possibly be. Myself and many other students would come in on our days off of school to try and work on our competitions whether they were state, national, or even just local and Mr. Arnett would always be there willing to help. Mr. Arnett has helped many of his students find out what they want to do in life and most of them is some form of engineering and most do not regret it. While attending his class, he has had many guess speakers that were either former students of his, or his colleagues, and they had nothing but good things to say about him and that he changed their life, he also changed my life and some of my closest friends and none of us regret taking his class.

Anonymous Posted 12 months ago

Mr. Arnett never likes attention but as I have read the other comments, there are some awards I think everyone needs to know. In 2015 he was high school teacher of the year. May 2018 WHJL teacher of the week. In 2016 his SkillUSA was the most outstanding Chapter in the TN state competition. Also, several students have passed the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) Certified Mechanical Draftsman test. Whom ever nominated Mr. Arnett was right in doing so! Thank you Mr. Arnett for setting the standards high in your class.

Troy Posted 12 months ago

Mr. Arnett started at Hampton my senior year in 2009 before that CAD was just a class we didn't do anything but draft on the computer all year. Daniel's first year he took us out of the class room and had us drafting the school and it's facilities. Now he has his classes designing things for local law enforcement, building solar powered go karts, and students competing and winning in national and state competitions and making a lasting impression on his students. Every time I see Daniel out he is always showing me what his kids are doing he is very proud of what his kids accomplish he has always put them first and has turned that program into something to mold young minds for the future and a course that Hampton should be proud of and grateful for. Thank you Mr. Arnett for everything you have done for your students.

Cody Posted 12 months ago

I have known Daniel Arnett for many years. He did coach me in football in middle school. As like then to now Daniel puts the students 1st. He will go above and beyond to help anyway possible. Daniel was a great choice for this because of his positive attitude and the potential he brings out in each of his students.

Madison Weir Posted 12 months ago

Mr. Arnett is such a great teacher and person! He totally deserves this award!

KA Posted 12 months ago

This couldn't go to a more deserving person! Mr. Arnett truly cares about his students. He wants to see them succeed and pushes them to the best of their capabilities. One thing I remember is he always greeted you with a smile and a kind word. That can mean the world to some students.

Wayne Ellis Posted 12 months ago

I am a colleague of Mr. Arnett and I cannot imagine anyone else more deserving of the "Lifechanger of the Year Award". Hampton High School is a rural, low-socio economic school and according to, Carter County Schools had a 72% free and reduced lunch rate in 2018. I want to point out this statistic because most of our students do not come from privileged, well to do families. Some students only hot meal of the day will be at our school. When I think of the word "lifechanger", I think of someone helping students to move up in the socio-economic status. Mr. Arnett has influenced many of our students to continue their education not only in the CAD field but other fields as well. Mr. Arnett's dedication and encouragement has motivated many students to believe that they can attain their dream jobs. Sure, Mr. Arnett's students have won countless state awards and national awards, however, I believe it is Mr. Arnett's ability to motivate students to WANT to be their best and BELIEVE they can further their education that makes him most deserving of the Lifechanger of the Year Award.

John English Posted 12 months ago

As a School Superintendent in a neighboring school district I can speak to Mr. Arnett’s reputation as an excellent educator. He has enjoyed tremendous success in and outside of the classroom in various state and national competitions. He is a very caring teacher who motivates his students to excel in anything they do. Mr. Arnett is very deserving of this prestigious honor of Life Changer of the Year! I am very proud to know him. John English Director of Schools Unicoi County

Steve Walsh Posted 12 months ago

Anyone that knows Daniel can name many reasons for why he is deserving of this award. Many of his current and former students will give examples of his help, encouragement, dedication , and overall attitude towards his job. As maintenance supervisor for the school system he has helped our department several times doing drawings to be used in safety plans , measuring buildings for total square footage , drawings to be submitted to fire marshals office and many other items. In todays society good employees that go above and beyond what is in the job description are few and far between, and the vocational department and carter county schools are fortunate to have this nominee in their ranks as a teacher. Congratulations Daniel all the extra time , nights, weekends, extra hours after school have been noticed and appreciated even at times I'm sure you have felt unimportant and unappreciated, people actually noticed and felt you deserving of this accolade, and at the end of the day when you are helping kids excel and achieve as young adults, and students its a job well done !!!!

Jim Cates Posted 12 months ago

Daniel Arnett, What can I say about this Life Changer Nominee that, One has not been said before me in the Previous comments, or Two that can accurately describe what he has, can, and will do for any student that is willing to put forth an effort. With my time I have spent over the years getting to know Daniel, I have found out that he is many things, including but not limited to a leader, teacher, motivator, idealist, counselor, life coach, and all around genuinely good role model to look up to. Daniel truly shines when it comes to competitions, whether it is Skills USA, TSA or any other Event, he makes it a amazing experience. I mentioned above Daniel is a Leader, and many people can be a leader, but Daniel leads from behind. To be able to lead from behind the curtain takes a special type of person. Anyone can bark commands to meet a goal but only a select few can guide you with your own ideas and abilities, to get you to your goals. In competitions it is not about the quickest way to a medal for Daniel. It is letting the competitor learn and make choices to better their own understanding, molding the student into a more desirable adversary for the next step in life. Many times i have watch / experience Daniel go far out of his way / duty for a student, for just the satisfaction of the student's accomplishment no matter the size. HHS was never truly known for its technical achievements in the past, being part of upper east TN in a rural county. It is Hard to believe that since Daniel's arrival at HHS, that HHS can not only compete on but win at State and National levels in a technical field. Where the students can then turn those skills into higher education/employment opportunities furthering their lives and overall well being..

Bill Anderson Posted 12 months ago

I have known Daniel Arnett for over twenty years. He is a former student of mine and colleague. As a student, he was always prepared and demonstrated mastery of the subject. As colleague, he continued his education by acquiring two advanced degrees. Mr. Arnett is recognized by students and his peers as a role model. He motivates his student to be the best they can be. Many of his students have entered and were successful in local, state, and national competitions. Because of Mr. Daniel Arnett's influence, several students including my son, have chosen to further their education. In my life Daniel Arnett has been a student, fellow teacher, and a friend, who has made a difference. These are reasons Mr. Daniel Arnett should be the life changer of the year.

Cody Vines Posted 12 months ago

Taking Mr. Arnett’s classes was where I found my passion for engineering and what helped me to decide that it was what I wanted to do. The many competitions and events that he brought my classes on helped to give all of his students invaluable experience and knowledge. Every student who passes through his classroom, regardless of if they choose to follow engineering or not, leaves with a better work ethic and are more prepared for facing the road ahead, be it college or some other path. He pushes all of his students to be successful and has helped them to win countless state and national championships. He changes the lives of all of his students for the better, and I could not think of anyone more deserving of this award than him.

Emily Harrison Posted 12 months ago

Mr. Daniel Arnett is one of those people who truly makes a difference, not only in his community, but in the lives of the individuals whom are fortunate enough to cross paths with him. I am a former student of his and still keep in touch to this day. Mr. Arnett without a doubt gives his all to his students and it is evident how passionate he is about others just by talking to him. I was fortunate to be mentored by him throughout all four years of high school, and credit him with many of the life skills I walked away with. His devotion to helping others be their best self is unparalleled and to say he is a Life Changer suits quite well. Keep up the hard work Mr. Arnett, I think I speak for most when I say that we are so thankful for you!

Paige Posted 12 months ago

Mr. Arnett is a wonderful teacher and has a real skill for teaching.

Emily Holtsclaw Posted 12 months ago

I took Mr. Arnett’s classes because I was considered “artistic” according to some standardized test that placed us in high school classes, so computer aided drafting was determined to be a good fit for me. That being said, computerized test are not always the best way to determine your career focus, and the class itself was hard for me. I realized early on it wasn’t the right fit. However, even though I did not excel in his classes, Mr. Arnett always took time to encouraged me and help me, he made me feel like I had skills to succeed, and pushed me to go to college and find a career. I have a bachelors and masters degree now, and I think he was a big part of getting me started in thinking about my future. He always pushes me to realized that my education was very important and that there was more to life than living in the small town of Hampton. Even after I switched out of his classes he still would let me stop in and chat with him. A teacher that cares for his students beyond their academic performance is a special king of teacher and investing in students like that is what makes the difference in a good teacher and a great one. He is a great role model to his students and has helped make the small rural school of Hampton a place we’re students can excel and gain confidence for college as well as take pride in the program he has built up over the years.

Madilyn Whitley Posted 12 months ago

When Mr. Arnett was my teacher, we were just starting to get into Skills USA. Every day, every period, every trip, Arnett put in 110%. He didn’t know how to do things halfway. If you were his student, he personally made sure that you not only performed to the best of your ability, but that you were okay and happy doing it. You walked into his room and felt like family. When I remember high school, I remember Arnett. I remember the books he’d read or get for me. I remember him working harder to help me learn more when I was moving faster than the class. To this day, after four years of college, he is the best teacher and mentor I’ve ever had. Teachers like Arnett don’t only change lives; they change the world around them.

Deborah Morelock Posted 12 months ago

I have been an educator for 43 years. During that time I have come in contact with hundreds of great teachers, but one stands out among them all and that teacher is Daniel Arnett. He strives for excellence and always puts his students first. He molds them into better people. Daniel is the kind of man mothers want their daughters to marry.

Stacy Tipton Posted 12 months ago

Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of working with Daniel as a fellow advisor for TSA. Although we work for different school systems he as always treated my students as if they were his own and has always been a help and encouragement to them. I have always admired him for his dedication and commitment to his students and his desire for them to succeed. The respect his students give him is a testament to his career as well as their many accomplishments in competition and in their everyday lives. His dedication to his students goes far beyond the classroom as many of them remain in contact with him during their college careers and continue to rely on him for encouragement and advice. To his students, he is not just some teacher they had in High School but he is a friend for life.

David Stout Posted 12 months ago

Daniel Arnett is the most caring and generous person you will ever know. Mr. Arnett takes pride in everything he does and this shows through all the accomplishments that his students achieve year after year. Daniel spends countless hours challenging and inspiring his students to become all they can be. Mr. Arnett gives his students opportunities through school competions that they may never get to ever experience in life. Daniel is hard working, dedicated, and courageous ; just like he teaches his students to be. Mr. Arnett deserves to be Life Changer of the Year because no one has as much pride in their community, school or students as he does.

Adam Ingram Posted 12 months ago

Out of everybody I have met, Mr. Arnett has easily made the biggest impact on my life today. Being a student in his class was not always easy. As a matter of fact it was almost never easy but it was always very rewarding. I'd come in Monday morning and he'd give out 3 or 4 drawings that you'd have till to finish so there was always plenty to do in there. It definitely got overwhelming for me but when we'd get on that bus bound for the Skills USA competitions in Chattanooga, it was all worth it then even if I was never a state champ. In Arnett's class we work hard but we always had a great time. If you had a problem with a drawing, he'd tell you to go back and see if you could figure it out and by the end of the class period if you didn't figure it out, he'd show you everything you needed, but ONLY if you were to the point of having smoke coming from your ears. This honestly made me mad on a few occasions, but because he didn't outright do the work for me, I feel like he made me stronger as a person and made me realize that I really can solve just about anything that gets put in front of me with enough time and that anything worth having is gonna be earned with a lot of work, sweat and even tears. I couldn't imagine how I would have turned out without being in his classes. It has been a tremendous honor to have had a teacher who is so passionate about his work and if I could go back to freshman year, I'd be his student all over again. Thank you for everything you do for all of us.

A. Humphrey Posted 12 months ago

Daniel is well deserving of this nomination. He wants nothing more than to see his students succeed.

Amanda Humphrey Posted 12 months ago

Daniel works hard and does all he can to assure the success of his students.

Benny LYONS Posted 12 months ago

As the solid waste director for carter county I can say mr Arnett and his class was a big part of helping to get a grant from the state of Tn for the sum of 94,000.00 dollars to remodel our roan mountain convenience and recycling center Than you again sir

Carol McClain Posted 12 months ago

I have know Daniel all his life....he is an exceptional teacher & mentor. He is definitely an asset to Hampton High School and this community. In this small rural community it’s awesome to see folks receiving recognition they deserve. Well done Daniel.....our H-Town folks are super proud of you.Keep up the hard work.??????????

Dr. Amy Bennett Banner Posted 12 months ago

This could not go to a more deserving person. Daniel is such a great teacher. I have worked with him for many years. I saw how much the kids learned and grew in his class and I asked him if I could take the class during my planning time. He graciously allowed me to do so and I was able to experience his teaching first-hand. He doesn't just teach...he pushes students to THINK! He pushes them to LEARN! He pushes them to BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND WHAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE. To back that up, in the last three years he has over 40 state titles, and two national 2nd place finishes from his students. I have personally seen so many students grow into leaders in Mr Arnett's programs, along with the students in all the vocational programs in our school. I cannot say enough good things about him and he truly deserves this award.

Jenny Weir Posted 12 months ago

Mr Arnett is Definitely a Life Changer, he gives so much of his time to help his students achieve their goals.

Tanya & Kevin Young Posted 12 months ago

So happy to hear about the nomination! Mr Arnett is so supportive of his students. We need more teachers like him!

sylvia foster Posted 12 months ago

Great job Daniel!!!

Brandon Young Posted 12 months ago

Daniel is a wonderful educator that cares deeply about every student. He wants to see students succeed and become an active contributor to society. He goes above and beyond!

Kaleb Miller Posted 12 months ago

As a student at Hampton High, I’ve seen what his program will accomplish for many students. My close friend is extremely involved in his class and I hear nothing but incredible things. Even though I am not enrolled in his class, he’s very kind to me. He welcomes me into his classroom and has conversations with me just like he does his students. He’s an incredible teacher and a very nice person.

Mickey Taylor Posted 12 months ago

I have observed Mr. Arnett over my ten years as CTE Director and during that time I have witnessed the impact that he has had on both students and teachers alike. His enthusiasm for teaching and has been a light for so many as he continues to inspire others while giving so much of himself. Mr. Arnett's dedication has made those around him better and is truly deserving of this nomination!.

Allie Arrington Posted 12 months ago

I can honestly say that without Daniel Arnett I would not be where I am today. I took his class on a whim during my sophomore year, and I am continually grateful for that decision. Before I took his class, I was planning to study mathematics in college. After taking his class and competing with him, I decided to change my planned area of study to Engineering. Currently I am a Junior Mechanical Engineering major at a school 12 hours away from home. He taught me so much that I didn't fully realise until I reached college. By going with Arnett to Regional, State, and National competitions in both TSA and SkillsUSA, he taught me how to present myself in a professional manner, and how to come out of my shell in a situation where I feel "alone". He helped build my confidence, and I left high school knowing that I had a mentor who would continue to support me in all my endeavours. I know that now, 3 years after graduation, that I could call on him and he would try his hardest to help me in any way that he possibly can. These things made the my choice of attending my current college very easy, and I would not have had these experiences and opportunities if it were not for Daniel Arnett.

Philip Arrington Posted 12 months ago

When I think of people who have altered my path in life, Daniel Arnett is at the top of the list. While I was in middle school, he was our middle school football coach, and he taught everyone on the team how to be very respectful, and how hard work will pay off in the field. Once I was in high school, I had the opportunity to join his Engineering and Architecture design class, and on the first day we came in and he sat us down and said guys if you all are willing to put in the work you can leave this room a champion and be prepared for college. All around his room he has newspaper clippings, from articles wrote about students he's had in class. You can look at any image in his room, and he can tell you the time and place of what was going on, as well as what that student is up to now. I know people who have went into his room with no aspirations for college leave and attend a four-year university. While I was in his class, he talked me into attempting some competitions. There would be days he would stay until midnight or later working with the students to get them ready for competitions. He would fight for us no matter what it meant. I know right now if I was to call him up and ask for the t-shirt on his back, he would give it to me. He has instilled in me and every other student, person, or coworker, a great work ethic and the realization that they can accomplish whatever they desire to do. I never thought I could be a 7-time state champion, but even in the beginning before I won anything, he had belief in me and pushed me and helped me achieve them. He still regularly checks in on his previous students and sees how they are doing in college and in life. He was a crucial part in me obtaining a summer engineering internship this past summer. I know MR. Arnett is not only the best teacher I've ever had and the most memorable, I am also glad to say he's a great friend for life. I know I can go and ask him any question and if he can he will help me. Knowing every time, I talk to him he asks me when he can get an invitation to my College graduation, is pretty amazing because I know he will be there, and he will be just as proud as my parents. He takes every student under his wing and treats them as if they are his child and will be there for them for the rest of their lives, as a friend, teacher, and advisor. I can truly say he completely changed my life, and in a small community as ours, I can look around and see the effects of his teachings across the whole community.

Nick Swiney Posted 12 months ago

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

N/A Posted 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months ago

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

Alex Marlow Posted 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months ago

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

Emily Phillips Posted 12 months 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 12 months 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 12 months 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 over a year 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 over a year 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 over a year 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 over a year 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 over a year 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 over a year 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 over a year 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 over a year 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.