Affton, Mo (KSDK) -- An Affton High English teacher is the Missouri Teacher of the Year.
Cathy Cartier received the award during an all-district meeting Friday morning. Her family was there for the surprise.
Cartier was selected from six finalists from around the state after interviewing with a panel from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on August 6.
The Missouri Teacher of the Year program recognizes the efforts of effective teachers throughout the state who provide a quality education to their students.
Cartier, who is now in the running for the national Teacher of the Year award, and the five other finalists will all be recognized at a banquet scheduled for October 15 in Jefferson City.