$25,000 that is how much one Shawnee County teacher was awarded Thursday morning, and it came as a shock to the entire school.
Nicolette Schleisman was there for the exciting event, she explains what the surprise of a lifetime means to one teacher.
Washburn Rural students and staff thought they were doing a routine shelter drill, but there was not anything routine about it.
"I feel very excited very humbled, very honored," said Brad LeDuc.
The Milken Educator Award is a $25,000 prize, that can be used however. And it recognizes teachers in their beginning to mid career for what they have already done, and the promise of what they will accomplish.
"He's just so inspirational. And he's always so helpful," said Allison Galvin, one of LeDuc's student.
Over 2,000 students and staff were surprised to hear one of their own had won something that has been called the "Oscars of Teaching." But his students say they knew it was going to Brad LeDuc.
"I was not surprised at all. He was the only teacher on my mind. Because he's unlike any teacher in this whole school. He connects with students in such a positive way. And it's really hard not to like him," said Madeline Smith, one of LeDuc's students.
LeDuc says he is honored by the award, but he is no where near perfect.
"There's so many things that I feel like I could do better and I feel like sometimes I just scratch the surface as far as how I do what I do. Lots of improvement on the horizon," said LeDuc.
But students and staff disagree, saying he is one of the best educators they have ever seen. And the Milken Award only confirms what they have known all along.
LeDuc is the only Kansas teacher to win the Milken Educator Award this year. He is one of about 40 teachers in the nation to get the honor for 2013.