The Genesis Group held its 12th Annual Celebration of Education Thursday evening at the Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro.
As part of American Education Week, more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the hard work of educators in the Mohawk Valley.
More than fifty educators and several outstanding programs were honored for their positive impact on schools, the students and community.
School's from all across the Mohawk Valley region were represented.
Thursday night was all about focusing on the teachers and the great work that they do.
"It's very humbling because I feel like I don't look for the spotlight ever, but its nice," said Renee Russo who is a second grade teacher at Whitesboro. "I work with a great group of people and there are a lot of people that do great things for kids, so I'm honored to be recognized."
This is the twelfth year of the event and the director of The Genesis Group says it keeps getting bigger. Organizers were not expecting this many people, but they accommodated about 500 educators and their families.