OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Students and staff at Blue Valley Northwest High School gathered Monday to surprise a teacher with a big honor.
Bill Smithyman was named the recipient of the Milken Educator Award.
According to those who presented the award, Smithyman has dedicated himself to becoming a better teacher and improving his students lives.
" I'm just beside myself... there are many, many, many more deserving at this school alone, I assure you," Smithyman said.
The Milken award is a $25,000 grant to be used however the recipient sees fit.