A Lynchburg teacher's skill in the classroom has earned her a new ride to drive on the highway.
School leaders surprised Chelsey Dews with balloons Tuesday morning; a gesture to let her know she is Lynchburg's "Teacher of the Year." Dews teaches fourth grade at Bedford Hills Elementary.
The school system is giving Dews a car of her choice to drive around for a year, courtesy of the Mabry Automotive Group.
Dews has worked at Bedford Hills since she graduated from college 13 years ago. Her goal as a teacher is to let students have fun while they learn.
"I get up and I come to school in the morning, just for the kids," Dews said Tuesday. "13 years ago I had no idea I would be in this situation, where I can impact so many kids every single day."
Dews will now go on to a regional "Teacher of the Year" competition. She'll be formally honored by her school system at a banquet May 24.