LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Frankfort, Kentucky, teacher is a recipient of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award. 

Angie Beavin teaches fifth grade at Peaks Mill Elementary in Frankfort. She received the award during a surprise Monday morning assembly at the school.

According to a news release from the Milken Family Foundation, Beavin is being honored for her role in improving her school's academic performance -- specifically through her adoption of the Public Education and Business Coalition's 'Thinking Strategies' approach to reading.

The approach, "serves to promote independent thinking and learning."

"A National Board-Certified educator, Beavin relies heavily on assessment data to help struggling students exceed benchmarks and to challenge high achievers," the news release states. "It's working. Peaks Mill has gone from the lowest-performing elementary building in Franklin County Schools to the highest, with Beavin's students delivering the best math and reading growth in the district."

The award comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. 

Beavin is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Kentucky this year, and is among the 33 honorees nationally.

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