Bear Creek High School teacher Jose Martinez III wins Milken National Educator Award and $25,000

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A Lakewood teacher has won the prestigious Milken National Educator Award.

Jose Martinez III found out he won the "Oscars of Teaching" at a surprise assembly at Bear Creek High School Tuesday morning.

Martinez will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funding.

The award is designed to recognize the exceptional work of an educator as a model for the state and nation, and to retain and motivate outstanding talent in the teaching profession.

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