Two Catholic school teachers on the Far South Coast have been named among 23 of the state's finest educators.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell awarded the group of teachers with the highest possible accreditation at a prestigious ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday night.
Among the recipients of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher awards were Jeni McCarthy from St Bernard's Primary School in Batemans Bay and Wendy Mockler-Giles from Lumen Christi Catholic College in Pambula.
Ms Mitchell said the NSW government's annual Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Awards recognise teachers who have displayed exemplary, innovative and compassionate teaching practice.
"These awards celebrate and acknowledge teachers in NSW who have gone above and beyond to deliver truly stimulating teaching programs to hundreds of lucky students across the state," Ms Mitchell said.
Ms Mitchell added that each of the 23 award recipients had inspiring stories to tell.
"It was a pleasure to see teachers from all over NSW being recognised for their teaching," Ms Mitchell said.
"As a regional member I am so thrilled to see several regional teachers acknowledged as well; like Kelly Sharwood from Tumbarumba and Jillian Reidy from Grenfell.
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"Troy Neale and Karen Sellick, two teachers from Macquarie Fields working with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are also being acknowledged.
"And I mustn't forget Ross Montague, who is following in his parents' footsteps in positively impacting education for students in Western Sydney."