Keith Sedgebeer picked up the accolade in the Express & Star's Great Big Thank You Awards, established to highlight unsung heroes in the Black Country and Staffordshire - and says he was proud to collect the award on behalf of the thousands of talented teachers in Wolverhampton.
Keith, a former schools inspector, is now conductor of Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and over the years has helped hundreds of young people perform all over the world. He is also chair of governors at Highfields School.
The 70 year-old said: "It's amazing to be able to collect this award, and to accept it on behalf of many, many thousands of very talented teachers here in the city.
"I'm very grateful to the Express and Star and to the City of Wolverhampton Council for recognising the immense contribution teachers make to the welfare of our children and our city."
The Teacher of the Year award was sponsored by the City of Wolverhampton Council and Director of Education Julien Kramer said: "Keith is a remarkable colleague and it was a great privilege, on behalf of the City of Wolverhampton Council, to honour the lifetime service he has given to the children, the young people and the communities across the city. He's a remarkable guy; I congratulate him and I thank him."
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- released: Tuesday 31 January, 2017