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PHILADELPHIA, PA- Andrew Jackson Elementary teacher, Jayda Pugliese, was the first in the nation to be surprised with $25,000 as a 2016-17 Milken Educator Award.

During a school-wide assembly, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Milken Co-Founder Lowell Milken spoke about the importance of education especially in Philadelphia.

When Milken announced that Pugliese was the recipient of the prestigious award, the 29-year-old fifth grade science and math teacher was in shock later saying that this was equivalent to her winning an Oscar as a teacher.

The Milken Educator Award recognizes the exceptional work of educators as a model for the state and the nation. This is the only Milken award to be given in Pennsylvania this season and the first award in Philadelphia since 2007.

Pugliese was the first in her family to graduate high school and says she will use the grant to further her education.