Lisa Trott didn’t go to college to become a teacher.

She initially majored in journalism and ended up with a degree in retail management. After she married and had her first child, she chose a career that was better suited to her family priorities: teaching.

She fell in love with it and feels as if she were meant to be an educator. On Friday, she received the highest teaching honor from Charleston County School District, Teacher of the Year.

The award was bestowed just before the start of the third inning at a Charleston Riverdogs game at Joe Riley Park. Outside the stadium, Trott sat in disbelief behind the wheel of a new 2013 Volvo S-16. She kept thinking a phone call would come telling her the car and the recognition were a mistake.

“I could not be more blessed,” she said.

The prize will allow her to get out of a dinged-up Honda Odyssey mini-van, she said.

Trott, 51, teaches fourth-grade at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in West Ashley.

“The best school in Charleston County,” she said.

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