Carla Nesmith TOY

Carla Nesmith of Andrews Elementary School, was named the Georgetown County School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year on Thursday night.

Carla Nesmith, a third-grade teacher at Andrews Elementary School, was named the Georgetown County School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year at a banquet on Thursday night.

Nesmith, a native of Andrews, has been a teacher for 20 years. This is her first year to teach in a third-grade class.

"It's been a great experience this year," Nesmith said. "I love third grade, I love my school. I just love going to my job every day."

"She's awesome. She's so dedicated," said Andrews Elementary Principal Adrienne Watford. "She's there early in the morning and sometimes late in the afternoons preparing and getting ready for the kids. When you enter her room you can feel the love for the kids."

The district names a Teacher of the Year at each school, and then five finalists are chosen for the overall award. The award was first given for the 1979-80 school year.

The other finalists were: Lucy Mitchum of Maryville Elementary School, Kristen Moody of Kensington Elementary School, Maj. Shawn Studley of Georgetown High School, and Amy Williams of Coastal Montessori Charter School.

During the banquet, nominees from each school were introduced and a statement from their principal was read. There was also a performance by the Sampit Elementary School Show Choir.

Read more about Nesmith in Wednesday's Georgetown Times.