A select group of local teachers is getting recognized for their hard work in the classroom.
Twenty teachers from the Wichita Falls Independent School District were named the 2012 West Foundation Teaching Excellence Award winners.
These teachers were nominated by their peers such as principals and administration.
West Foundation President Kim Dinsdale says these teachers' dedication should be praised.
"They are the most important influences on our children," Dinsdale says. "They have them five days a week, eight hours a day."
Dinsdale says, "The trust imposed on them for taking care of our children is huge. I think excellence is teaching should be recognized."
Each teacher received a certificate and a $5,000 check on Monday.
A list of the winners:
Christina Scruggs - Alamo, 1st-6th grade Art
Christi Guess- Crockett, Content Mastery/Inclusion/Response To Intervention
Karen Albus- Cunningham, Dyslexia/Response To Intervention
Kim Wilkins- Fain, 3rd grade Math
Tina Miller- Jefferson, 5th & 6th grade Reading
Mindy Tedford- Lamar, 4th grade Math
Miranda Havins- Ben Milam, 4th grade Math
Amy Gilleland- Scotland Park, 3rd grade
Brandi Rye- Sheppard AFB, PreKindergarten
Jayne Gregg- Barwise, 7th grade PreAP English/Language Arts
Reese Inman- Barwise, 7th grade PreAP Social Studies
Michelle McCann- Kirby, Math
Jackie McCartney- Kirby, Digital Media
Micky Miller- McNiel, 7th grade PreAP Texas History
Robert Borgman- Hirschi, 9th-12th grade Geometry, Exit Level TAKS, Math Models
Stephanie Brownie- Hirschi, 9th-12th grade IB Theatre
Tami Davis- Hirschi, 10th-12th grade English
Patrica Collins- WFHS, TAKS Reading
Deborah Gonzales- WFHS, PreAP World History
Daniel Harris- WFHS, World Geography
The West Foundation has recognized 580 teachers for teaching excellence in the classroom since the inception of the award in 1983.