Omaha Science Teacher Wins Milken Award, $25,000

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A middle school science teacher in Omaha is a winner of the Milken Educator Award for excellence in education, which comes with a $25,000 prize.

Courtney Matulka is one of 40 winners who will be named across the country over the next six months.

Matulka was surprised with the award Wednesday during a school assembly at Beadle Middle School in the Millard Public Schools system.

Gov. Pete Ricketts, state Education Deputy Commissioner Deborah Frison and a Milken Educator Awards representative presented the national educator award to her.

Matulka has been teaching since 2009 and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008 with an education degree. She earned her master's degree in secondary education at UNO in 2010.