The Association of California School Administrators hosted a reception for the administrators and teachers of the year award recipients at Jacques 'N Jills Health Club in El Centro on Wednesday.
Five Imperial Valley teachers and four administrators were recognized for the region, which includes the Imperial Valley and San Diego.
Sally Van Winkle, a teacher at the Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children, was honored for her efforts with autistic children. Van Winkle was described as a teacher who would "do anything needed to help her students."
Ronette Jones, special education teacher at Brawley Union High School, was awarded for her work.
Jodi Johnson of Aurora High School in Calexico was described by her principal, Dan Plough, as being a teacher with imagination who demonstrated to the students their importance.
Plough said Johnson is "someone who helped students to know they were needed and that teachers cared about their success."