Two local teachers are still in shock after receiving $25,000 from the McGlothlin Foundation.

They found out they won one of the largest teaching awards in the country, the McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence, Thursday night at a ceremony.

Art teacher Steven Cregger won in the elementary category. He teaches at High Point Elementary School in Washington County Virginia.

The secondary education winner is eighth grade teacher Susan Hampton from Virginia Middle School in Bristol, Virginia.

The award comes from the McGlothlin Foundation, a Bristol, Virginia based non-profit.

Both teachers tell us they feel honored. "For someone to notice that what we do every day is a valid and wonderful thing being a teacher of the arts is slightly different than in the classroom," says Steven Cregger. 

"I greatly appreciate the generosity of the McGlothlin Foundation for supporting and recognizing teachers and education," adds Susan Hampton.

Each teacher has to use $10,000 for overseas travel.

Cregger from High Point Elementary in Washington County, Virginia will travel to Europe to study the classical masterpieces.

Hampton will travel to Finland, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand to study their educational philosophy and techniques.