Kansas elementary teacher nabs year's first Milken award

October 14, 2018 - 8:42 pm

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A fifth-grade teacher from suburban Topeka has been honored with the nation's first Milken Educator Award for the 2018-19 year.

The Capital-Journal reports that Linda Dishman, who teaches at Berryton Elementary, was surprised with the honor on Friday. The award is given to only about a few dozen teachers across the country and comes with a $25,000 prize.

Awarded teachers can use the cash prizes however they choose.

Milken Family Foundation co-founder Lowell Milken made the announcement in person Friday, saying Dishman mentors other teachers, is involved in her community and is "a strong instructional leader who helps her students achieve powerful growth."

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