The Hernando County School District has named Carrie Wilson, a counselor at Challenger K-8 school, its 2020 teacher of the year, according to a press release from the district.
Wilson was one of 25 nominees for the award, with the winner named Jan. 10 by the Hernando County Education Foundation.
“For me, school is a happy place, and I want students to feel their school is like their home,” Wilson said, according to the release. “I want them to know they are cared for, and they are valued.
"I am genuinely touched to have been selected to represent the many passionate professionals we have in our schools.”
Wilson has been a school counselor since 2001, the district said, and is in her 21st year in elementary education. She now will compete for the state Teacher of the Year designation.
“Carrie Wilson is a champion for students," said Challenger principal Rosemarie Maiorini. “Her passion and love for the whole child is evident in her everyday interactions with our students, their families, faculty and staff.”