The Beaufort County School District has named five finalists for its teacher of the year honor, announced at the district's annual back-to-school rally at Bluffton High School Thursday.
Those applications are then reviewed by a committee of parents, former educators and community leaders. Five applicants are named as finalists.
The finalists will be reviewed by another committee, which will watch a video of the teacher giving a classroom lesson and interview the finalists. The district teacher of the year will be announced in September.
Also at the back-to-school rally, Pulitzer Prize nominated author Clifton Taulbert spoke to teachers about pulling together as a community on behalf of children, according to the release.
Classes begin Monday in Beaufort County's public schools.