Wando High School government teacher Misty LeClerc has been named the 2012 High School Teacher of the Year by the S.C. Bar Law Related Education division.

The award will be presented May 18 at the school’s annual awards day. The recognition honors a teacher who exemplifies the commitment of helping students better understand their roles as democratic citizens.

LeClerc helped her students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills through her involvement with the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” program.

The school placed second in the state in its first year of competition, and this year, her students took second and third place in a regional competition involving students from North and South Carolina.