SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Beaufort High School science teacher has earned the inaugural National Teacher of the Year Award from the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.
Young was presented with the award at a ceremony Friday in Washington, D.C. with Dr. Carl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
"Being chosen as the recipient of ABCTE's National Teacher of the Year is an honor," Young said in a statement. "There are many great teachers in this profession that deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. To be chosen as the national recipient is humbling. I am still young in the profession, so receiving this honor will only encourage me to work harder to fulfill the expectations that I feel this position holds, for the remainder of my teaching career."
Principal nominations, a public vote and interviews with each finalist were used to determine the award recipient, with parents, students, colleagues and other community members casting more than 9,500 votes during the public voting section, according to a news release.
ABCTE also recognized the six other national finalists who were named the ABCTE Teacher of the Year for their state.