Responsibility, a love for teaching and a passion for education.
Those were descriptions echoed over and over at the annual Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center's Exemplary Educator Awards breakfast.
Sixteen teachers from seventeen school districts covered by the MVESC were awarded with $400 for their dedication to education and children.
"I was very excited and very humbled because I work with so many wonderful people," said Tri-Valley 3rd Grade Teacher Mary Tyo. "I've worked with a lot of people that have been very deserving of this award."
While some thanked co-workers and family. Others thanked their own teachers for helping them find direction. Michelle Hoskinson teaches special education pre-school for the Educational Service Center at Starlight.
"Never did I imagine I'd be going into special education preschool," said Hoskinson. "When I was in undergrad at Muskingum College my advisor felt that I belonged in that field and through all the fighting and tears she had me student teach there and I fell in love and I've been there and I fell in love and I've been there ever since."
Then their are the teachers watching their own children join the profession that's been such a big part of their lives. Lisa Forgraves son is currently a teacher and her daughter is going to school for teaching.
"They know everything that goes into what it takes to be a teacher. They know how long we stay after school and stuff we bring home to grade," said Forgraves. "But, they also see the parts that really set us on fire that makes us happy to be teachers."
Along with the exemplary educators the MVESC also honored three aspiring administrators with $900 annually for three years. Monday's ceremony took place at Zanesville High School.
The following is a list of honored teachers.