Grant Elementary third-grade teacher Susan Taylor is the Murray City School District's teacher of the year.

Nominated by one of her students, Taylor has been teaching for 12 years - all of them at Grant, and all of them in third grade.A strong advocate of parental involvement in children's schooling, Taylor said teachers reinforce - but don't replace - the parents' guidance.

Taylor said her own family has helped her immensely in her career and commended the Murray district teachers, staff, administration and school board for creating a positive learning environment.

At the district's Feb. 27 board meeting, a representative from Heritage Honda presented Taylor with a $300 check. The district awarded her $100 along with a plaque.