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A 33-year-old visual arts teacher at Brown International Academy in Denver has won a $25,000 prize for being an exceptional educator. Barth Quenzer was surprised with the award at a special school assembly.
DENVER, CO (Catholic Online) - Billed as the "Oscars of teaching" the Milken Family Foundation awards 40 such prizes each year to outstanding teachers in various fields. Most winners are young teachers, early in their career, which the foundation seeks to inspire to yet greater achievement.
Quenzer told the Denver Post, "Every day, I come in and know the work I get to do with my students is exactly what I want to be doing. It's my passion. When students feel and understand that, it becomes more real to them. Passion transfers."
Quenzer plans to enjoy some of the money but has also said a portion of it will be spent on something special for the school.
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