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CHS math teacher Mina Darnell named Second Congressional District Teacher of the Year

Dr. Tim Martin, Mina Darnell, Brett Robinson and Anthony Goins


CLINTON — Clinton High School math teacher Mina Darnell was recently recognized as Clinton Public School District’s teacher of the year, and now she is one of four teachers in contention for the Mississippi Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year.


Darnell, a veteran teacher of 30 years, was surprised before the start of school on Monday, March 2 by District Superintendent Dr. Tim Martin, Assistant Superintendent Anthony Goins and CHS Principal Brett Robinson.


“Congratulations to Mrs. Mina Darnell on being chosen as the Second Congressional District Teacher of the Year,” Dr. Martin said. “She represents all of our phenomenal teachers in the Clinton Public School District and shows why we are so successful each year.”


Principal Robinson said Mrs. Darnell’s devotion to her job and students is an encouragement to her students and fellow teachers. “Mrs. Darnell is exactly who we are at CHS. Her hard word in and out of the classroom not only benefit the kids but her fellow teachers. We are proud that she has made it to the final selection round for the Mississippi Teacher of the Year and feel extremely fortunate to call her an Arrow.”


Darnell has taught at CHS since 1989, with courses including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Trigonometry, ACT prep, Humanities (ACT/SAT prep), Honors Pre-Callculus and Honors Algebra III. She has served as the CHS math department chair since 2013.


Darnell holds an associate’s degree from Hinds Community College and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mississippi College.


As the Second Congressional District Teacher of the Year, she will be recognized by the Mississippi Department of Education at the Mississippi Teacher of the Year program later in the spring.