HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A teacher at a Hattiesburg elementary school has been chosen as that school district's teacher of the year.
This afternoon, Thames Elementary School second grade teacher Lauren Hutto was surprised in her classroom with balloons and other gifts and was told she won the award for 2011.
Hutto competed with other teachers from the district's 9 schools. She's been a teacher for 7 years.
Hutto will now go on to compete with other teachers around Mississippi for the state teacher of the year award.