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A massive winter storm in Nebraska didn't stop the Milken Educator Awards team from showing up at South Sioux City Middle School on January 11, 2018, to welcome eighth-grade science teacher Jon Pickinpaugh to the family. Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley helped us deliver the surprise of a lifetime to Jon, who walked through a huge crowd of cheering students as he made his way to the front of the room. "Normally I don't like to be surprised—but this was a great one," he told the assembly. The beloved educator, who in addition to his classroom duties also coaches football and wrestling, got a long, enthusiastic ovation from students, many of whom see him as a father figure. Jon is Nebraska's 40th Milken Educator.
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