IRMO, S.C. — Nelecia Murrell has been an educator for more than 18 years.  

As a high school English teacher she has the unique opportunity to work with traditional and adult education students at Irmo High School in Lexington Richland School District 5. 

When WLTX stopped by to surprise her, she was teaching a group of students who are studying English as a second language( ESOL).  Many of the women in this level 4 ESOL class were career professionals in their native countries and are studying English now to further their careers in the United States.  Her students are from Mexico, South Korea, India, and Syria.

She says her favorite group of students are the ESOL adult population because they "Elect to be in that class, they're not required to be here.  And they are some of the hardest working students I know." Murrell says.

It's hard to imagine that after almost two decades, she would be somewhere other than in front of the classroom but this is likely her last year teaching this way.

"I'm going to share some of what I've cultivated over the years with other educators so that they can do the same.", Murrell says.

Every school district in South Carolina has an adult ed center that is available to help students receive a number of different credentials. 

If you know a teacher who deserves to be recognized for their hard work in the classroom, you can send a nomination email to TOW@WLTX.COM