Ivy Smith, is a math teacher at Pine Grove Middle School and also the 2012 Lowndes County Teacher of the year.
Smith is one of ten teachers competing for the honor. And she says she is proud of her achievements.
"This is just an honor that goes along with that hard-work. But even without this honor there are many dedicated teachers just like I am, facing the challenges everyday," said Smith.
If Smith wins, she will be entered in the National Teacher of the Year Contest.