Lee High Agrictulture teacher Beth Shell received Region 7 Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, beating out 5,100 others for the award. Only seven teachers statewide are honored as teacher of the year. Superintendent Brian Austin told WCYB, "She has an impact on students that goes well beyond the classroom and she represents us extremely well, not only as a teacher but as a community member".
Shell was unaware she had received the title until Tuesday morning when high school students and staff in Lee County gathered in Lee High School's auditorium to announce the award.
Every year the school district nominates their choice for teacher of the year. Shell was chosen from more than 300 teachers in Lee County. Then a panel at the Virginia Department of Education chose the winner from those finalists.
Region 7 covers 15 counties and four cities in Southwest Virginia.