Perdue Elementary's Kathy Gibbs is Houston County's new Teacher of the Year.
Gibbs has been teaching for 18 years, 3 of those at Perdue Elementary. She told our us why today's win is an honor she wasn't expecting.
"I was in complete shock. I had no idea I would have been named Houston County Teacher of the Year," she said.
But if you ask those who've worked with Gibbs, they'll tell you the win is really no surprise.
"She loves them, she hugs them, she tells them she cares about them," said Perdue Elementary Principal Andy Payne.
"She doesn't accept defeat in any child that she tries to help," said Anthony Lunceford, who initially brought Gibbs to the school system.
Gibbs teaches 5th grade at Perdue Elementary and admits becoming an educator was a bit of a surprise itself.