AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - An educator in Americus is being recognized statewide for her teaching skills.
Laura Gerlach teaches third grade at Sumter County Elementary School and was chosen from her school as teacher of the year.
Her honor has now taken her to the state level as one of the top ten teachers in the state.
Gerlach told News Leader Nine, "One of the things that's so exciting about being chosen is that I just really have a passion for teaching. I love what I do, I never worry about coming to school. I want the message to other teachers to be that you need to love what you do."
Near the end of March there will be a banquet for all the finalists in Atlanta where the top teacher of the year will be announced.