A St. Paul teacher won $25,000 after receiving an award for excellence in teaching on Friday, Anthony Lonetree reported.
Steve Abenth, 37, was recognized as an "elite educator" after accepting the 2012 Milken Educator Award. He is currently a fourth-grade teacher and the choir director at Highland Park Elementary School.
In an effort to maintain secrecy and surprise, Abenth was brought to the school's auditorium for what he was told would be a celebration of student achievement when the news was announced, Lonetree wrote.
"He's the best teacher in the world!" Abenth's son said as his father was being interviewed.
Star Tribune by Anthony Lonetree