County has a new district Teacher of the Year for 2013.
Head Island High School English teacher Kristen Karszes was awarded the honor
will get to drive home with the keys to a new car.
After all 30 of Beaufort County's top teachers were recognized, it
was time to hear from those who knew each of the top five nominees.
Colleague Mary Beth White spoke on behalf of Karszes, sharing
personal stories told by her students.
"She's got a skill for working with kids that are sometimes
difficult to motivate, she cares about them and they know it so they work a
little harder for her," said White.
Then it was time to announce the winner.
"I spent the last two weeks telling my friends, family and
coworkers that out of the four other finalists, there was no way I was going to
win. So this is truly an honor," said Karszes.
Then came the hard part, choosing which car to drive home.
After a little deliberation, Karszes chose the Cadillac ATS. She
will get to enjoy driving her new Cadillac until the school district names its
next Teacher of the Year.
Back at Hilton Head Island High School, students and staff
celebrated with a surprise parade followed by an acapella performance for
"I was just really happy for my mom," said her son
"She has a big heart, she cares about the students, she cares
about teaching and I feel honored to be in a class with her," said former
student Brandon Johnson.
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