Misty Dawson is an adult education teacher in Ritchie County.
Her students say she offers constant encouragement and help whenever they need it.
She goes the extra mile, sometimes literally, to make sure students are able to get to and from school. She offers her students rides when there is a problem.
Students say her classroom is welcoming, and that she puts her heart and soul into her job.
Dawson says she is surprised to be honored.
"I'm still just in shock, I can't believe it. I mean, I put my whole life into this class and these programs, and helping my students. I tell them they're all my kids, and to be recognized is wonderful, I never expected it. You know, it's just amazing," Dawson said.