As we posted earlier this week, 63 of the county’s finest educators gathered Tuesday at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, where they were celebrated at the 2017 Orange County Teachers of the Year awards dinner.

Leading up to the big ceremony, our Media Services team got the chance to chat with each honoree, and with the One Billion Acts of Kindness initiative underway, the Teachers of the Year were asked to share their thoughts on kindness. Play the video above to hear a sampling of what they had to say.

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