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Ben Guin earns Teacher of the Year title at Vina

Ben Guin
Ben Guin

By Bernie Moussad for the FCT



Ben Guin has been working at Vina High School for many years now, and the role he plays there is not one to be overlooked.


HIs responsibility is to teach special education students and help them to meet the standards expected of them. As most people know, many of these students have learning disabilities, which makes it difficult for them to comprehend what they are being taught. Guin takes on the task of teaching these children and succeeds at helping them meet the standards.


He was born in Tupelo, Miss., and attended high school at Mantachie High in Mantachie, Miss. Guin said he “started out my college career at Itawamba Community College and attended senior college at the University of North Alabama.”


His thoughts on this past school year were positive. “This past school year was a challenge but very rewarding to help students with disabilities strive to achieve their educational goals,” said Guin.


When he received the Teacher of the Year award, Guin said he was shocked. “I was very surprised to receive the Teacher of the Year and very honored also.”


Guin said as the next school year approaches, he intends to do what he does every year: “doing what I need to do to help my students succeed.”


He would like to thank the faculty for supporting him and his students for their willingness to learn. “Teaching is very rewarding when everyone is working together for a common goal,” he said.


Principal James Pharr said, “Guin cares about the kids … He wants them to succeed and works really hard to help them do so.”