State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman surprised teacher Marcia Womble in her classroom with news that she has been selected as one of five finalists for the South Carolina Teacher of the Year award.

Womble is a Visual Arts teacher at Gray Court-Owings Elementary and Middle Schools in Laurens County School District 55. She also serves as the District Visual Arts Coordinator.

Drawn to teaching at a young age, Womble has opened doors for her students by obtaining several grants to purchase new art media, tools, and sponsorship for her annual Arts Day. During Arts Day, each class visits with different artists, musicians, dancers, authors, and actors.

As one of five finalists, Womble will receive $10,000 and go on to the next stage of competition, which involves an in-person interview with a team of expert judges.

The South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala will be May 3 in Columbia. The overall winner receives $25,000 and gets to drive a brand new BMW for one year while advocating for the teaching profession across the state.