First-grade teacher Gina Oellig of Soaring Eagles Elementary School in Harrison School District 2 has been given the the Milken Educator Award.
Each year, the Milken Foundation gives 55 of the national awards, which come with a prize of $25,000. There is no nomination and application process for the award. Instead, a state panel recommends teachers for the award.
Oellig has been teaching at Soaring Eagles since the school opened eight years ago.