BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Walter M. Williams High School teacher Freebird McKinney was named the 2018 Piedmont Triad Region Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made in front of students, staff, and community members in the media center of Williams High School on Monday. Mr. McKinney's wife and two children were in on the surprise.

The North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, presented the award to Mr. McKinney.

Previously, Mr. McKinney was named Williams High's Teacher of the Year, and 2017 Alamance-Burlington Schools Teacher of the Year.

Mr. McKinney will now be in the running for NC Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in the spring of 2018.