On Wednesday, a teacher from CORE Butte High School was awarded the Milken Educator Award and a prize of $25,000.
Students and faculty filed in as if it were just another school assembly, however, only a handful of staff and speakers knew about the award.
Lowell Milken, the co-founder and chairman of the Milken Family Foundation, presented the award to Matt Harvey.
Harvey has been a teacher for a total of seven years, one of those spent at CORE Butte High School as an advanced math teacher.
"You have to be passionate about it. Kids can sense when you are faking it," said Harvey about his teaching style.
The Milken Family Foundation doesn't accept applications for the awards. Each teacher is sough-out and hand-picked.
Milken said that he looks for inspiring educators who are involved in their communities, mentor other teachers and are in their early to mid-careers.
The awards launched in 1987. Since then the foundation has given over $66 million in awards to 2,600 recipients.
This year, two teachers were selected from California.
"I find it electrifying, it never gets old," said Milken.
Harvey was still in shock when asked what he'll do with the money. He said he wasn't sure yet, but that he had someone important to tell first.
"My wife, she will probably fall on the floor," said Harvey.
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