CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - African-American teachers around Charlottesville and Albemarle County are being honored for all their work throughout the school year.

On Thursday, April 18, the African-American Teaching Fellows (AATF) is hosting a special celebration to recognize teachers completing their first year of teaching.

Those being honored will share their first-year teaching experience with the group and then be presented with a picture of them in action.

The organization has been around for 15 years and has been holding this celebration for six years.

"I think that it's always important to celebrate teachers period because of the work that they do with students, and I love celebrating our fellows who are impacting lives in this community,” Tamara Dias, who works for the AATF, said. “But, most importantly, research always indicates that the first year of teaching is usually the make or break year."

The ceremony kicked off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and goes until 7:30 p.m. at the Greencroft Club.