By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 8, 2017
GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Teachers in Gadsden County are recognized for their hard work and dedication.
"Excuse the interruption," Schools Superintendent Roger Milton said as he walked into Pamela Bryant's classroom.
It was an interruption she didn't mind.
Bryant was named Gadsden County's Teacher of the Year.
She is a third grade teacher at Havana Magnet School. The 22-year veteran was brought to tears when she was announced the winner Friday.
"I'm just speechless. Really, I am. I am shaking," Bryant said. "But, I'm very happy and proud of my babies. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be here doing the things that I do and that I love."
After surprising Bryant, the superintendent and other administrators hopped back on the district mobile unit and headed to Greensboro Elementary School.
That's where they awarded Shandra Wright as the School-Related Employee of the Year.
Wright is a paraprofessional who works with Pre-K three year-olds. She's been with the district 21 years.
Wright said, "I'm totally shocked. I've been praying asking God to just bless me. He has showed out today. I'm thankful for this opportunity."
The next stop was Crossroad Academy.
Sherron Gaines was named Rookie Teacher of the Year. The fifth grade teacher started teaching for the first time last year.
"I had a job before where I was doing some awesome things there. But, I didn't feel fulfilled. I wanted to have this opportunity to be great and to make an impact with lots of children. So I became a teacher. I love it. It's the best job ever," Gaines said.
The winners were chosen by a committee that consisted of past winners, as well as district administrators and school board members.
Each district winner now moves on to vie for the statewide title in each category.