A teacher in Humble I.S.D. got a huge surprise Friday night: Not only was she named Teacher of the Year, she's taking home a brand new car!
There was glitz, glamour and crimped hair, as Humble I.S.D. celebrated teachers with a flashback to the 80's.
"I love it so much because I'm able to give back, so many people have given to me," said Virgilio Davis, one of the teacher finalists.
Now they are giving, to one of these lucky teachers, a brand new Ford Mustang.
"There was a lot of cutbacks seven years ago, so we've been talking to teachers and we found a need, as a business leader and a community leader, we felt like we really needed to give back," said Chuck Kramer, with Randall Reed's Planet Ford, who donated the car.
There are 10 teachers finalists and each were nominated by their different schools and they had no idea who would take home the car.
It was a dream come true for Brandy Rood.
"I was the girl who wasn't supposed to be here and yet I am," said Rood, a Theatre Arts teacher at Humble High School.
As a child, she survived a house fire and found healing through teaching.
"Every time I see her on campus, she's like an Oscar-winning director," said Dr. Guy Sconzo, Humble I.S.D. Superintendent. "She brings out a real motivation and desire to further learning."
To Rood, it's about more than the car.
"I think it represents that you are making a difference, that you are actually reaching people," she said.
People she hopes moments like this will inspire to become the next generation of teachers.
The runner-up teacher received a getaway trip to Florida and all of the finalists took home iPads.
The awards gala was sponsored by the Humble I.S.D. Education Foundation.