A middle school teacher in Pueblo County is one of up to 40 nationwide to win a Milken Educator Award.
Former Staff Sergeant Ryan Moore has taught for seven years after spending six in the Army. The 8th grade science teacher at Liberty Pointe International in Pueblo West was surprised by the award, which comes with an unrestricted $25,000.
Moore says his teaching philosophy is based on relationships.
"Through relationship teaching, you learn about these kids, you learn about their home lives, you learn about their struggles, you learn about their successes," says Moore. "And when you do that, teaching becomes easy because you know how to reach them. And it also becomes easy because you want to help these kinds once you know them."
Moore says he genuinely loves his work and the people at his school.
Milken Educator Awards come from the Milken Family Foundation, which cites Moore's classroom imagination and leadership as some of the reasons for the award.