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Chicago teacher wins prestigious education prize

Dexter Chaney, a 29-year-old Chicago area teacher, had no idea what was about to happen when he and his students attended an assembly at Ryerson Elementary on Monday.

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Third-grade teacher Dexter Chaney from Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School in Chicago reacts after being named recipient of the Milken National Educator Award, a prestigious national teaching award. Chaney was one of 55 nationwide to receive the honor, and the only one from Illinois.

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Dexter Chaney is congratulated by his students.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Chaney learned he'd won the Milken Educator Award during the school gathering. The school’s principal describes Chaney as a role model to every child in the school. The award carries a $25,000 prize.


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