A South Sioux City Middle School teacher won a national award and cash prize Thursday.
The school held an assembly to surprise science teacher Jon Pickinpaugh as he was awarded the $25,000 Milken Educator Award for 2017-2018.
Only 44 teachers are given this award every year, and this was the only one awarded in Nebraska.
A press release from the Milken Educator Awards says Pickinpaugh was picked for the way he “helped prioritize learning standards and built proficiency scales to ramp up academic and behavioral improvements.”
Superintendent Todd Strom of South Sioux City Community Schools said, “Mr. Pickinpaugh is one of the rare educators that has been able to masterfully blend content knowledge with the art of teaching. He is able to teach science standards and also ignite the fire within students so they can continue inquiring on their own. My own child was a benefactor of his teaching style, ‘demanding yet not demeaning’ positively pushing each student to reach their potential.”