President Obama honored a Knox County school teacher Thursday as one of the best teachers in the country.


Knox County teacher Wanda Lacy represented Tennessee teachers at the White House Thursday.

The Farragut High School teacher of 31 years won Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 2013.

President Barack Obama honored a group of teachers, one from each state and territory, while presenting the National Teacher of the Year award. Maryland teacher Sean McComb, a high school English teacher from Baltimore, took the top honor.

The group spent much of the day with the Department of Education giving feedback on the federal government's role in education.

"I just felt very proud to have the opportunity to represent the teachers across the state of Tennessee," Lacy said.

She only had a brief introduction and handshake from the President.

"It wasn't a time for policy, just a time to be recognized," she said. But she appreciated the President's words of inspiration to the group.

"It was just unbelievable. I guess we never expect that in our life. As teachers, we don't expect to be honored in such an extraordinary manner," Lacy said.

"I was just taking it all in and thrilled to be there."

Lacy has taught at Farragut High School since 1983, most recently as an AP calculus teacher. During her six years teaching AP calculus, every single one of her students has taken the AP exam, and 97 percent of them have earned college credit.

She says she was inspired to teach because her parents didn't have the opportunity to earn a college education.

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