WALTHAM (CBS) – A Waltham High School teacher received some special recognition on Tuesday, along with a big cash prize.
The Milken Family Foundation chose history teacher Derek Vandegrift for the Foundation National Educator Award.
Along with the award, Vandegrift receives a $25,000 check.
The award was a surprise to Vandegrift, who arrived at the gym for what he thought was a school assembly.
Officials with the Milken Foundation say Vandegrift is an exceptional teacher who inspires students and helps them develop a love for learning.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports
Vandegrift told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope, that’s exactly what he hopes to do every day.
“I hope only that I inspire them and that they go on to do what they want to do and be the best at what they want to do. And if I’ve done that than I feel pretty good.”