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Sioux Falls kindergarten teacher honored with Milken Educator Award; wins $25,000 prize


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A Sioux Falls kindergarten teacher has been honored for her work in the classroom.

Hawthorne Elementary teacher LeeAnna Rabine was honored Friday with a Milken Educator Award, and the $25,000 cash prize that comes with it. She was presented the award during a surprise school assembly in her honor.

Rabine has taught for 10 years at Hawthorne, where a large proportion of her students are learning the English language.

The Milken Family Foundation honors dozens of teachers around the country each year. Rabine is the 17th South Dakota educator to win the award since 2002.

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