OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - A teacher from Lafayette County has been named the state's Teacher of the Year for 2019.
John Simmons is one of Hannah Gadd's students. This is how he described her.
"Enthusiastic, loving, caring and she’s a good leader," he said.
Gadd was honored as Mississippi's 2019 Teacher of the Year.
Gadd has been teaching choir at Lafayette High School and Middle School for four years.
“She’s very relatable and personable with her kids that she teaches," Simmons continued. "It’s just fun being around her and to learn things from her."
Gadd said her main goal is to share the importance of music appreciation to her students and her peers.
“Music gives students the ability to be themselves and to express things they normally don’t get to express," she said.
This year she created the "More than Music" program, a partnership with elementary school special-needs teachers and students to incorporate the arts into their cirriculum.
Gadd will travel to the White House to meet President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. She will also participate in a Rose Garden recognition ceremony.
Her choir will compete in the Orlando Heritage Festival in Florida next week.