Cowra Public School teacher Emma Tree has been named a finalist in the Educator of the Year category of the inaugural Central West Mummy Awards.
The award winners will be announced as a part of Central West Mums' 'Mumfest' on Saturday, November 6.
Event host, and founder of Central West Mums, Amorette Zielinski, said this is what the community needs right now.
"The Central West Mummy Awards were launched to build on our Central West community as they are a great way to recognise and acknowledge the contribution people in our community are making," she said.
"We are excited that we can reward the award winner in each category a fabulous prize valued at $600 with trophy too."
Mrs Tree said she was honoured to be nominated for the award.
"It was a surprise, but a nice one knowing that a friend and colleague would think of me for something like this," she said.
"I am very aware that there are so many other educators who are just as, if not more, deserving of recognition.
"I think the awards are a lovely way to encourage people in the community and show recognition to those who are doing something special. It's a positive way to bring people together in the Central West."
She said the news has come at a welcome time, with many teachers now working from home.
"Personally, this nomination has enthused me a bit more during a time when I was probably feeling a little burnt out as both a Mum and a teacher," she said.
"I think teaching is just as much about passion and enthusiasm as it is about knowledge and expertise.
"Receiving recognition can give everyone a bit of a morale boost, especially in a time when educating students at home is testing us in many ways."
She said the nomination was also reflective of the efforts of the team at Cowra Public School.
"I believe an award such as this shows the community how dedicated we are, and how choosing public education doesn't mean you are getting any less, you are getting the best," Mrs Tree said.
"The staff at CPS are passionate, talented and wonderful educators and I like to think of this more as recognition for the work we do as a team, rather than anyone's individual efforts."
You can vote for Emma and check out the other nominees at http://www.centralwestmums.com.au
Voting closes on October 15.