Hixson Ford Golden Apple Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations are in order to our new Hixson Ford Golden Apple teacher of the year Lauren Bennett.

Lauren Bennett the Hixson Ford Golden Apple Teacher of the Year. (KNOE)

Bennett is a kindergarten teacher at Union Parish Elementary.
She was nominated by student Jack Wood.

There were 27 teachers nominated throughout northeast Louisiana.
Bennett says she's overwhelmed and shocked.

"I cant put it into words, honestly, the family that nominated me, that little boy has my whole heart. His parents are great. His whole family is. And I can't thank them enough. It's the best feeling in the world really," Bennett said.

"Teachers don't get enough appreciation in our state. It is one of the most unrecognized group of people and its one of the most important because they shape the future of our children," Dallas Hixson, of Hixson Ford.

Bennett wins the use of a Hixson Ford for two years, with insurance.
There were also four runner-ups, Susie Cupp, Randy Carr, Elizabeth Gregory, and Landon Sapp.