The 2018 Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.
Hundreds gathered to celebrate 38 teachers from Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke and other Hampden County cities and towns.
All winners received a $500 cash prize and an engraved plaque.
The event was funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the Irene and George Davis Foundation and MassMutual.
“It has a celebratory feeling,” said Susan Kline. “Everyone is here cheering and feeling great. Teachers remember this and who knows how that spreads out to their colleagues and their teaching down the line.”
The Excellence in Teaching Awards has been given to more than 1500 educators in western Massachusetts since 2003.