Anne Beers ES teacher wins Milken Educator Award 

Feb 6. 2013


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Hundreds of students at Southeast Washington’s Anne Beers Elementary School gathered Wednesday morning for what they believed was an event to honor their hard work and impressive academic achievement.

That was partly true. But there was another reason for the assembly: The surprise presentation of a $25,000 cash prize to unsuspecting third-grade teacher Jacqueline Simms, who collapsed tearfully into a colleague’s arms upon hearing the news.

“I don’t know what to think. I feel like I’m getting an Oscar,” Simms said. “Since I was little, I always wanted to teach.”

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