HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - A Harris County School District Pre-K teacher was given a special award Friday by the first lady of Georgia at Mulberry Creek Elementary.
It was certainly a big surprise for Becky Haden and her students to win teacher of the year for Georgia's Pre-K Program.
Haden walked into her classroom today with no idea she won teacher of the year.
Georgia started its Pre-K program in schools all across the state for kids to get a head start in literacy and to be around other kids in a school environment before kindergarten.
Haden was born and raised in Harris County and is a Harris graduate. She's been teaching at Mulberry Creek Elementary since it opened in 1999.
First Lady Sandra Deal was an educator herself and came to present the winner with a shiny award and a check for her classroom.
"I know that she is a great teacher. We have watched the children's response to her. They love her and she is such a good example of what we want our teachers to be like. We are thrilled that she was chosen," said Deal.
The selection process for this award is very stringent and includes an application, multiple interviews, classroom videos, and more. Haden said it's all about her kids and she's glad this award shows an example of what she loves to do.
Deal said she was thrilled to be in Harris County representing her main initiative---literacy and early education--- as an educator and first lady.