Edenton teacher wins $25,000 education award

Published: Feb. 4, 2020 at 8:53 PM EST
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A science teacher in the east got quite the surprise Tuesday at a school assembly.

At John A. Holmes High School in Edenton, Rachel O'Kelley was presented with the Milken Educator Award. Her prize was a check for $25,000 to spend as she pleases.

O'Kelley is the only teacher in North Carolina to win the honor from the Milken Family Foundation and one of just 40 educators nationwide. The award recognizes exceptional educators.

O'Kelley was honored for her efforts to engage and challenge her students.

Greg Gallagher, the Milken Educator Awards Program Director, presented the award.

Gallagher said O'Kelley goes the extra mile to make sure her students get the kind of science education that will be vital in the coming years.