JOY Muller thought she was just going to Darwin for a bit of a weekend away with her daughter Rachael.
Rachael had spent the previous three years teaching at the remote Aboriginal community of Imanpa in the Central Desert and had been nominated for the Northern Territory's Young Achiever Awards in the Regional and Rural category.
During her time in the community, Rachael had been able to significantly increase enrolments and attendance rates at the Imanpa Secondary College and the community praised her for her dedication and commitment to the students.
Well, not only did she win her category, she took out the overall NT Young Achiever of the Year award.
"I knew she'd done some amazing stuff out there, but I really just went up to support her (at the ceremony)," Joy said.
"I'm extremely proud. The recognition is fantastic. I didn't believe she'd take out the big one, but she's very devoted."
Joy is a school teacher at Dunoon Public School, and Rachael is doing casual work in a number of different North Coast schools.
Joy said she knew from an early age Rachael would be a good teacher.
"She's always shown such good leadership qualities and it seemed teaching was in her nature," she said.
Along with the recognition, Rachael took home $2000 for winning her category and another $2000 for winning the overall prize.
She now plans to do a Masters Degree in Indigenous and Special Education at Southern Cross University.
"It was all a bit of a shock," Rachael said.
"Mum was so excited. It was really good having her there."
When The Echo called, Rachael was just about to phone the community college at Imanpa to tell them the good news.
But I think it might have made its way along the bush telegraph long before that.
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