The 2016 Teacher of the Year in Iowa is a 35-year veteran of the profession.
Fairfield High School English teacher Scott Slechta was introduced as the latest Teacher of the Year during a school assembly.
The 57-year-old has been teaching in the southeast Iowa town since 1984.
Slechta reflects on what the recognition means at this stage of his career.
“New opportunities, new doors opened," he says. "I always think there are points in my career when I kind of look for something new and adventuresome, and I’m sure this journey will offer both of those things.