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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- A Park City teacher has won a $25,000 national award.
Melissa Bott, a reading specialist at McPolin Elementary School, received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award on Tuesday.
She's the only teacher to win the award this year in Utah and one of 80 recipients across the nation. Teachers cannot apply for the award and co-workers can't nominate others for it -- the foundation searches out educators to honor.
Bott, who has been teaching for nine years at McPolin, says she plans to spend part of the money on the school and use some to help finish her master's degree. She says she was inspired to become an educator because of her mother and her third-grade teacher.
Twenty-six Utah teachers have won the award since the state joined the program in 1997.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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