ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - Recipients of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award were announced Wednesday.

A total of 54 Preschool through 12th grade public school teachers in New York State were rewarded for their commitment to student success.

"Before, throughout, and as we move past this pandemic, teachers have selflessly shown up for our kids and deserve our immense gratitude," Governor Hochul said. "It is impossible to recognize each one for their hard work and effort, but I am pleased to congratulate 54 outstanding educators for their commitment to their students. They embody the values and mindset that every educator should have, and I applaud them for inspiring thousands of children across our great state."

Awardees will receive a $5,000 stipend to use toward professional learning opportunities.

For a full list of this year's awardees, click here.