TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - A Troup County teacher is among those named top ten finalists for the 2019 State Teacher of the Year.
Kayla Yeargin, a Troup High School mathematics teacher, was informed that she had been selected as a finalist on her way home to Georgia from Iceland.
"I had to just let it sink in. I had this amazing experience in Iceland and then I was on a layover coming back when I received the message I was selected," said Yeargin.
A press release making the official announcement from State School Superintendent Richard Woods' office was the first time many of her colleagues found out Yeargin was even in the running.
Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of the Troup Co. School System, surprised Yeargin during one of her classes with flowers and chocolates to deliver the news to her students.
"I am not sure if you have heard or not, but your teacher is not only one of the best in the school…or the district…but in the state. Yesterday, she was announced as a top ten finalist in the state of Georgia," said Pugh to Yeargin's ninth-grade class. "We think she does a great job and we are here to congratulate her and wish her the best at the state level."
The finalists met with a panel of judges for a formal interview and gave speeches during a finalist luncheon earlier this week.
Yeargin is not the only finalist in the Chattahoochee Valley. Dr. Stefan Lawrence from Carver High School in Columbus is also a finalist.
The winner will be announced May 19.