After being chosen the region's top teacher, Maureen Haggerty is now considered one of the state's top six.
The special education teacher from South Knoll Elementary in College Station has been named a finalist for the TEA's Teacher of the Year award.
Haggerty is one of three in the running for the top elementary school teacher in the state. If she wins the top overall award, she would be Texas's representative in the national competition.
Haggerty has spent more than two decades teaching in Bryan and College Station.