Hattiesburg teacher gets $25K surprise

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - This week hasn't been typical for

fourth-grade teacher Aaron Wilson.

On Thursday, the 29-year-old never dreamed he'd leave Woodley

Elementary School $25,000 richer than when he arrived to teach math

and science.

Principal Michelle Johnson nominated Wilson, a science and math

teacher, for the Milken Family Foundation's National Educator

Award. The school learned Wilson won during a surprise assembly.

In addition to the money, Wilson gets an free trip to Los

Angeles for an education conference in April.

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