PORTLAND -- A Portland teacher got a big surprise Tuesday when she learned she had earned a prestigious award and a big cash prize.

Robert Gray Middle School teacher Teresa Chan Seidel won a Milken Educator Award, which is known as the Oscars of teaching. it also came with a check for $25,000.

Seidel teaches 6th grade math and said that growing up as the daughter of Asian immigrants inspired her to make sure students of any nationality feel empowered to learn.

She even came up with a guide for other teachers called Five questions to ask your students of color.

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