Four teachers have been recognised in Altona City Rotary Club’s inaugural Vocational Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Amy O’Dowd from Newport Lakes Primary School was nominated by the parents of class 10.

Among her qualities, parents noted she went above and beyond to help children with learning disabilities and had developed a strong rapport with families.

Hobson’s Bay mayor Angela Altair presented the awards last week.

Josephine Montalti, of Laverton P-12 College, was awarded for being a positive influence in the lives of many students and for seeking improvement for every student and staff member.

Sally Tonge, of Wembley Primary School in Yarraville, was recognised for being inspirational with a laser-like focus on learning, a collaborative culture and a focus on data.

Julie Mason, principal of Baden Powell College in Tarneit, was honoured for offering students the opportunity to join service clubs.

Rotary past district governor Murray Verso said teachers were often unsung heroes.

“The outstanding work of our best teachers often goes unheralded,” he said.