THE local area is well represented in this year's SA Excellence in Public Education Awards.
One principal, four teachers and a learning centre have been announced as first stage winners in the prestigious competition.
Naracoorte High School's Kym Grant was a winner in the "School/Preschool Leader of the Year" category and Diana Agnew in "Secondary School Teacher of the Year".
Tina Watson, from Naracoorte South Primary School, was listed in the "Early Years Teacher of the Year" section, Olivia Allinson-Martin, from Padthaway Primary School, in "Early Career Teacher of the Year" and Sarah Walker, from Penola High School, in "School/Preschool Support Staff Member of the Year".
Finally, the Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre was a winner in "Innovative Engagement and Collaboration with the Community".
Each has received a $500 grant to go towards professional learning.
A short listing process will now take place with up to 70 finalists selected from the pool of first stage winners.
That number will then be whittled down to seven overall category winners who will receive a $10,000 professional development grant.
The SA Excellence in Public Teaching Awards are held annually to recognise, reward and celebrate the valuable contributions of dedicated and effective education, child support and child protection workers.