Roanoke teacher wins "Oscar of education"

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- A Roanoke teacher received the surprise of a lifetime today.

The third grade reading teacher at Virginia Heights Elementary won what educators call the “Oscar of Teaching.”

Caroline Eschenbach says she thought the assembly was to award them for their SOL performances.

Instead, she was given a check for $25,000 and the Milken Educator Award.

This award is meant to recognize exceptional educators as a models for the state and nation.

She’s the only person in the state to receive this award - and one of only forty in the country.

The Milken Family Foundation says her students soar - some have even improved by two and a half grade levels.

“My goal is to make a difference whether it be in the life of one student or all," Caroline Eschenbach, Milken Educator Award Recipient, said. "I just feel like when you walk in everyday, your goal should be to make an impact.”

Eschenbach says literacy is her passion, so she’s going to use the money for something reading-related.

She says she was most excited to share the news with her mom - who taught third grade for twenty years.

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