Spaulding High School English teacher Katie Sedore is Vermont's recipient of, what some call, the Oscar of teaching: a Milken Educator Award. With the award, comes a check for $25,000.
"I just am in shock right now. Thank you very much,” said Katie Sedore to the crowd at Friday’s assembly.
Sedore had Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Education Commissioners from past and present and her father, Spaulding High School Principal Tom Sedore by her side.
"I did everything I could not to cry because I was so proud,” said Tom Sedore.
Teachers rarely get recognized for their work. The Milken Family Foundation wants to change that.
"We believe educators have the most important job in our country because they are entrusted with the responsibility of preparing all of you for a bright future,” said Dr. Jane Foley, with Milken Family Foundation.
Those who are close to her say, Miss Sedore changes lives in the classroom and out.
"She's taught some of the toughest kids in the school, some of our kids who suffer from emotional behavioral disorders that she has volunteered to teach off site,” said Tom Sedore.
Sedore is just 9 years into her career. She received not only $25,000 but a new sense of confidence that what she's doing in the classroom matters.
"As soon as I got into my first classroom, I just fell in love with teaching. My students are amazing. I love my job. I love coming to work every day,” said Katie Sedore.
How will Katie be spending the money? She'll going to pay off her student loans.