Northeast Elementary School teacher Belinda Bennett Ott was presented with the Lauderdale County Schools' Teacher of the Year award Monday.
Ott has been in education for over 40 years, and has spent 25 of those with Lauderdale County.
Ott teaches three and four year old special needs students. While she has spent some time at the university level, Ott says that she feels called to teach this age group.
"I just think that all children should have the opportunity to receive a quality education," said Ott. "And I have been fortunate enough since I have been at Lauderdale County that I have had administrators that have shared that vision."
Ott is now in the running for the Mississippi Teacher of the Year.