Winterport teacher receives $25,000 national prize at surprise celebration

A third-grade teacher in Winterport received a $25,000 prize Tuesday morning during a surprise ceremony at her school.

Hillary Hoyt, who’s taught at the Leroy H. Smith School for nine years, received the award from the Milken Family Foundation. She’s one of 60 K-12 educators to receive the award this year.

The Milken Educator Award marks the latest honor for Hoyt, who was also named the Waldo County Teacher of the Year last August, and was a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year award last year.

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