Forty-six teachers from eight Hampden County schools were recognized for their work and dedication at the Log Cabin Thursday night.
Around 400 people were at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards Thursday night.
All winners received a $500 prize, as well as tuition incentives to take graduate courses at six local colleges.
The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education kicked off the evening and said it’s always important to recognize outstanding teachers.
“They are the heart of what we do in education,” said Jeff Riley. “They are the people in the trenches, doing the work with our kids every day. You know teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve right? So an event like this is really special for folks and their families and their colleagues. It’s something we need to do more of.”
The Excellence in Teaching Awards has recognized more than 1500 teachers in our local communities since it began in 2003.