Four outstanding teachers in Wales have been congratulated by education minister Leighton Andrews, after the sterling jobs they are doing were recognised in this year's Pearson Teaching Awards.
Each of the teachers is set to be presented with an award at a glittering ceremony this autumn which will be broadcast on BBC2.
Having been nominated for the awards through a 'Thank You' message on the Pearson website, the judging panel then picked them out in recognition of their contribution to the education profession and dedication to their teaching job.
After being nominated by five of his students, Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen's Sion Jones was named Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School for his work as history teacher at the Caernarfon establishment.
Mr Jones' head teacher said he was an "inspirational, enthusiastic and caring" educator who has achieved a "well-deserved reputation for providing stimulating lessons and incredible examination results".
Meanwhile, the Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year went to Yasmin Gedney of Blaenavon Heritage Community School in Gwent.
In Merthyr Tydfil, Glenys Jones was named winner of the Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Wales.
The Economics and Business Studies teacher at Bishop Hedley RC High School was celebrated for the manner in which she encourages students to pursue their ambitions.
Finally, Cynffig Comprehensive School in Bridgend's English Department was named Outstanding School Team of the Year for its work raising standards and inspiring pupils to achieve their full potential in the subject.
The Welsh government is a sponsor of the awards and the education secretary offered his congratulations to all of the winners, while pointing out that there are many outstanding teachers in Wales who deserve similar recognition for their efforts.
"I'd like to congratulate each of the winners on their remarkable achievements. Their efforts have been truly inspirational," he said.
"As well as raising standards right across the board, they have made a very real and tangible difference to their pupils, their schools and their communities as a whole. Well done to all."
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