PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal High School has had the privilege of having one of the best teachers in the state.
Si Thompson has been teaching social studies for 20 years, but has not always been an award winning teacher.
Before teaching he worked in the oil field and had the opportunity to travel the world and teach English. His most recent state wide recognition was in 2006 when he received the Mississippi history teacher of the year award. Thompson believes that a group effort is the key to being a great teacher.
"I wouldn't be what I am if I hadn't been able to go to my buddies in the English department, my buddies in the science department, what are you doing. How do you deal with this student. I take advantage every way I can, you know. I'm not vain enough to know that my stuff is it. I've got to go out and I've got to take advantage every way I can to give the students that I teach and you just can't do it in the four walls of a classroom. It can't be done," said Thompson.
Thompson said that everyday that he goes home exhausted he knows that he gave it his all and did a good job teaching his students.