MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- A Mount Airy teacher's creativity in the classroom is just one of the reasons Amanda Robertson received the Milken Educator Award.

The prestigious award is considered the "Oscars of teaching" and is a big deal for the small selection of teachers who receive it each year.

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Fourth grade teacher Amanda Robertson is surprised with the Milken Educator Award and $25,000 at Jones Intermediate School in Mt. Airy. 

The Milken Educator Award honors up to 35 teachers nationwide and comes with a $25,000 cash prize for each recipient. Robertson is the only teacher in North Carolina to win the award in 2016 and the first ever in the Mount Airy School District.

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Robertson's innovated "flipped classroom" at Jones Intermediate School drew the Milken organization's attention. Instead of assigning math homework, she creates instructional videos that the students watch in the evening. The next day, the come to school and practice applying what they've learned. It works! Robertson says test scores have doubled in her classroom.

Candidates for the Milken Family Foundation's Educator Award have to meet very specific criteria including innovative practices and leadership in her profession. Nominations or suggestions are not allowed. Instead, candidates are sourced and researched through each state's education department.

For more on the Milken Educator Award and why Robertson was selected, click here.