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11-18-2010, 12:55 PM
This from the L.A. Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1118-teacher-award-20101118,0,5633730.story) by Rick Rojas:
The Maywood Elementary Flowers, clad in sky blue shirts and sunflower headbands, performed a song in the auditorium. School district officials and well-dressed guests looked on, the news cameras rolled and third-grade teacher Tamara Garfio sat with her class near the back of the room.

She had no clue it was all for her.

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, Garfio received the Milken Educator Award, an honor given to about 60 teachers nationwide each year that comes with a prize of $25,000 no strings attached. The award, presented by the Milken Family Foundation, was created in 1987 to motivate gifted teachers in a field that typically doesn't come with lavish financial rewards.

Some may label the prize the Oscars of education, but the scene at Maywood Elementary School was more like the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. The award's creator, Lowell Milken, called Garfio's name after a buildup that stirred the room full of children. She was stunned. Her eyes welled with tears, her legs shook. Then, she was handed a giant check.

"I'm in shock, complete shock," she said as she was swarmed by cameras and reporters and the superintendent. "I just love my job."

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