The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) recently announced the creation of a new award program, PhysTEC Teacher of the Year. This award is designed to highlight the impact of recent graduates from physics teacher preparation programs in the classroom. Each of the winners was nominated by the PhysTEC member institution from which they graduated or received their teaching credentials. One national winner and several local winners were selected. Georgia State University graduate Elizabeth Rachford at Druid Hills High School has received the local PhysTEC Teacher of the Year award. Rachford received her bachelors in engineering at GaTech and came to GSU for the Master of Arts in Teaching. She is now supervising one of our future physics teachers in student teaching.