Teachers from across the Mid North Coast were honoured for their dedication and commitment at the 2019 World Teachers' Day awards at Little Fish Cafe in Port Macquarie on Friday, October 25.
The awards for excellence acknowledged the work and careers of educators from preschools through universities between Kempsey in the north to Forster in the south.
Special guest CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann congratulated every awardee for the special role they play in the lives of local children.
He delighted the audience with memories of his own school days and even read out some not too glowing school reports.
"Andrew made a complete mess of his mock exam, very disappointing, Andrew failed completely to answer the question thoroughly enough," one teacher wrote.
Professor Vann remembered his school days with "terror and warm nostalgia" but paid tribute to those teachers that encouraged him during difficult times.
"All students struggle at some point and teachers are people that help us to get over that and we carry with us that encouragement and support our whole lives," he said.
"If you are a teacher it is a really important job because you make a long-term difference to how people feel about themselves."
The award winners for the Mid-North Coast were:
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