- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A second-grade teacher at a New Jersey school has won a $25,000 national award honoring outstanding educators.

The Milken Educator Award was presented to Van Derveer Elementary School teacher Lindsay Frevert at an assembly Thursday at the Somerville school.

Republican U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance and state Acting Commissioner of Education Kimberly Harrington joined Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Timothy Purnell in attending the presentation.

Frevert is the only recipient in the state this year. Up to 35 teachers nationwide will receive the award this year.

She says the award should be given to all staff members at the school.

Sixty-seven percent of Frevert‘s students started reading below grade level last year. Ninety-five percent of her students were reading at grade-level by the end of the school year.

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