The Bibb County School District has named Dominique Nichols the 2017 Teacher of the Year at their annual banquet.
Nichols is a World Literature and AP Literature teacher at Westside High School.
"This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it," said Nichols as he mounted the podium to address the crowd.
At just 24 years old, Nichols is one of the youngest Teachers of the Year that Bibb County has ever seen. Spokesperson, Stephanie Hartley, says nominees must have at least three years of experience.
Nichols has been teaching at Westside since 2013.
"It's a dream come true. I'm touched. I'm honored and I'm just excited to represent Bibb County in this way. I am from Bibb County and I graduated from a Bibb County High School, so it's just full-circle for me," says Nichols.
Nichols says he attended Westside High School during his freshman year and later graduated from Rutland. He then received his Bachelor's Degree from Fort Valley State University and his Master's Degree from Georgia College and State University.
"I can't cry anymore because every year. From the time he was in kindergarten, he has made accomplishments, and I think I am all cried out because I am so proud of him," says Lisa Michelle Corbin, Nichols mother.
She says her son's favorite part of his job is working with his students, and Nichols agrees.
"I know they'll probably be crying and sniffling, but they were encouraging me along the way, and I love every last one of them," says Nichols.
As Bibb County Teacher of the Year, Nichols will now compete for the title of 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Other finalists for the award were Ronny Fuerniss, Heritage Elementary School; Connie McCain, Rutland Middle School; Darryl Silas, Northeast High School; and Marissa Rondina, Rutland High School. Mr. Fuerniss was named runner-up for Bibb County Teacher of the Year.