Bibb County is now home to Georgia's next "Teacher of the Year."
At a ceremony in Atlanta Friday, Northeast High School's Jadun McCarthy won the the top honor. He was among more than 150 other candidates across the state.
McCarthy joined 13WMAZ in the studio Monday morning to to talk about how he felt when he heard his name announced, what his responsibilities include, and what he's most excited about.
McCarthy said highlighting his district, and alma mater, will be top priorities.
"Northeast and Bibb County, we don't always get the positive publicity that we should," McCarthy said, "There are great things going on at Northeast, great things going on in Bibb County, and so I take it as one of my personal responsibilities to highlight those things and I'm really excited about that."
McCarthy attended Bibb public schools as a child and graduated from Northeast High School. He teaches English Language Arts at Northeast.
He returned to school Monday, to handshakes and congratulations from colleagues and students.
School staff and district leaders plans to honor McCarthy at an afternoon reception at the high school.