NASHVILLE (WATE) - A Farragut High School teacher won the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award for 2013.
Wanda Lacy was among nine people nominated for the award earlier this year. She was presented with the honor Thursday night at the DoubleTree Hotel in Nashville.
"Really, I'm in disbelief. I'm so honored to represent such amazing teachers in the state of Tennessee," said Lacy.
Lacy started at Farragut High School in 1983. Over the last 30 years, she has helped to start a math academy and now she leads the high school's math department.
"I've always loved mathematics, and I love working with students to get them to develop that same kind of love that I have," she said.
Lacy's family was by her side at Thursday night's ceremony. She says they have been her main inspiration.
"My dad was probably an inspiration because, as we traveled, he would teach. And he would make me curious, and he made me want to learn. And I think it was just in me," said Lacy. "I think you're just born to be a teacher. I couldn't do anything else."
Lacy now becomes the state education ambassador and will head to the National Teacher of the Year competition.