Socastee High School teacher named SC Teacher of the Year!

Jennifer Ainsworth is joined by Max Metcalf representing BMW, Governor Nikki Haley, State Superintendent Mick Zais, and one of her students, Savannah Thompson of Myrtle Beach/Photo Courtesy: SC Department of Education

Wednesday night, Jennifer Ainsworth was named South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Ainsworth is a high school moderate special needs teacher at Socastee High School.

She and four other finalists went to Columbia for personal interviews with a seven member state selection committee.

As a part of her award, Ainsworth will get a new BMW for a year and receive $25,000.

"I truly work with superstars every single day. I'm proud to be a teacher. I'm honored to be chosen as SC Teacher of the Year," Ainsworth said at the gala Wednesday night.

This is the second time in the last few years the South Carolina Teacher of the Year has been from our area. The 2013 Teacher of the Year was Amy McAllister an English teacher at Johnsonville High School.