Amy Carter was named "Educator of the Year" by Meridian's Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. She was featured in the annual parade held in King's memory on Monday.
But her staff surprised Carter Wednesday with a reception to mark the achievement. In turn, the principal praised the people with whom she works.
"For someone to recognize those efforts of the whole team, and when I talk about a team, I am talking about the teachers, the parents and the students working together. For someone to recognize that effort is just an honor," said Carter.
Carter is principal of Harris Elementary in the Meridian Public School District.