Hoppers Crossing Secondary College teacher Bridgette Afuie has received a lovely surprise during a school assembly.

Ms Afuie, who teaches dance at the school, was announced as a winner of the OfficeMax A Day Made Better Teaching Awards.

Every year, the awards recognise 10 inspirational teachers across Australia out of more than 50,000 nominations.

Several of Ms Afuieā€™s colleagues, students and their families nominated her for the honour, for positively influencing the lives of many Hoppers Crossing youngsters.

During the school assembly, Ms Afuie was presented with prizes valued at more than $5000 for the school.