A teacher at Ala Wai Elementary School got a big surprise Monday.

“We don’t clap and hold ceremonies for educators very often,” said Milken Educator Awards senior vice president Dr. Jane Foley. “That’s why over 30 years ago a man named Lowell Milken created a program to honor outstanding educators.”

Sara King was named 2019’s Milken Educator of the Year.

She got a $25,000 cash prize.

The Title I educator is among the 33 honorees nationwide and the only winner in Hawaii this year.