DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – A Durango math teacher is the latest educator to receive the prestigious Milken Award. Fifth-grade math teacher Tiffany Miera received the award Tuesday morning and the $25,000 cash prize.

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She teaches at Needham Elementary School, which she attended as a child. She’s recognized for her work to improve math proficiency and her mentorship of other school staff. Miera is one of 40 teachers across the country to receive this year’s award.