Mt. Airy, N.C. -- A Mt. Airy teacher was honored for the devotion she has for her students.

Fourth grade math teacher at Jones Intermediate School, Amanda Robertson, was surprised with the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 on Thursday in front of her entire school.

Watch Ms. Robertson's reaction here!

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The national award is known as the "Oscars of Teaching" in the education community. Robertson was honored for her 'take charge' teaching method in the classroom in which her students complete projects that make them think critically, problem-solve, and develop social-emotional skills that they need to succeed.

Amanda Robertson is presented a check for $25,000. 
Amanda Robertson is presented a check for $25,000. 

Robertson is the first-ever teacher to receive the award in Surry County and the only teacher to receive the award in North Carolina this year.

To learn more about Amanda Robertson and the Milken Educator Award, click here.