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Idaho teacher wins $100,000 grant for school

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 13:04:22-05

An Idaho teacher in a national competition has won a $100,000 Dream Big Teacher grant which will be used to build an outdoor learning center.

Paula Brockman of Lowell Scott Middle School in Boise was one of six teachers to win the $100,000 award. 

"This work process has taught me what I can do.  That I can help make a difference," Brockman said.  "When you put your heads together and you have a goal and you want to reach that goal you just don't give up."

In a surprise ceremony, Brockman was given the news of winning the competition from Lowell Scott Middle School Principal Linda Ventura and Farmers Insurance Agent Fred Kesler.

The outdoor learning center will feature a greenhouse and extended garden area, a fish farm station, a circular seating area for group lesson and other creative spaces.