Southwest Allen County Schools named its Teacher of the Year on Friday.
Stephanie Merkling of Homestead won the award in a surprise ceremony Friday. Merkling teaches AP and Environmental Science are the high school.
“I was completely taken off-guard,” said Merkling. “This was such a wonderful start to my morning. I am very humbled to have this, especially because I teach with such a wonderful group of staff and my students are phenomenal. They are who make getting up every morning and coming to work worthwhile.”
Merkling has taught in SACS for nine years.