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The five finalists for the Beaufort County School District's teacher of the year were announced Thursday during a back-to-school rally for educators.
The finalists are Lois Lewis, Bluffton Middle School; Donna Fonseca, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center; Christine Gray, Hilton Head Island High School; Jackie Wheeler, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts; and CaTia Gilbert, Whale Branch Middle School.
The 2011-2012 district winner will be announced in September.
This year's rally was kicked off by student leaders from all five district high schools: Hannah Durbin from Beaufort High, Alexis Miller from Battery Creek High, Katie Ryan from Bluffton High, Sabrina Drammis from Hilton Head Island High, and Vanessa Scott from Whale Branch Early College High School.