MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A teacher in Monroe got a huge surprise in front of her school on Friday.
The surprise known as "The Oscars of Teaching" went to fifth grade teacher Sarah Compton. She received the $25,000 Milken Educator Award Friday morning in front of her students at Northside Elementary School in Monroe.
The Milken Education Award recognizes teaching excellence to inspire educators, students and entire communities about the importance of joining the teaching profession.
Compton is the only teacher in Wisconsin to receive the award, and just one of 33 in the country. The fifth grade educator is in her 13th year of teaching.
Her co-workers say Compton stresses independence in her class and challenges her students to think critically while diving deep into their learning.
"I feel like I can make a change every day with the kids I work with. They change me in return. It's the most important job in the world," Compton said.
Compton will travel to New Orleans for a forum in March with other award winners.
"I try so hard, I know how important the job is and I always to do my best at it," Compton said.