Arkansas Online:

By:  Dave Perozek

Friday was shaping up to be an ordinary day for teacher Kara Davis, right up until her name was called during an assembly at Mathias Elementary School.

That's when Davis learned she'd been chosen as one of this year's Milken Educator Award recipients, an honor that comes with a $25,000 prize. She's one of as many as 35 educators nationwide to receive the award this year.

Davis was sitting near the back of the school's cafetorium with her students when Johnny Key, the state's education commissioner, announced her name.

"It's incredible," Davis said. "There's so many amazing teachers that have been a part of my life that are in this district. Teaching is such a great but challenging job, and it feels amazing there are people out there who honor that."

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