Former Cessnock mayor and retired school principal Alison Davey has received a lifetime achievement award from the international biographical profile publisher, Marquis Who's Who.
Mrs Davey received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to Marquis biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated excellence in their professions.
Mrs Davey was featured in Marquis Who's Who many times throughout her teaching career, and she has also been recognised as a Top Educator by the publication.
Mrs Davey began her teaching career in 1958, and became the first female principal in the Cessnock area when she was appointed to the position at Ellalong Public School in 1974. It was that achievement that led to her first appearance in Marquis Who's Who.
She retired from the Department of Education in 2003 after 25 years as principal of Bellbird Public School, and continued to provide tuition for local students until June last year.
Mrs Davey - who also served on Cessnock City Council for 29 years, including one term as mayor - said while she doesn't seek such recognition, she was honoured to receive the award.
It's not the only great accolade to be bestowed upon Mrs Davey this year - she will be officially inducted as a Freeman of the City of Cessnock next Friday for her service to the local community as an educator, councillor and volunteer.