A nationally recognized educator award made its way to the Grand Valley on Monday.  It’s one that District 51 hasn’t seen since 2002.  
Felicia Casto, a math teacher from Rim Rock Elementary School in Fruita, received the Milken Educator award on Monday.  The award recognizes a small amount of deserving teachers every year, and Casto is one of the 35 honorees to get the award this school year. 
“When my name was announced I thought it was a joke,” said Casto.  
Along with the national recognition, Casto also received a $25,000 dollar check.  “I didn’t really have any idea that anything like this could happen to a teacher,” said Casto.  
The ceremony was a surprise, which took place at the school’s gym.  Only a small handful of people knew about the award beforehand as the staff tried to keep it a secret.  
“Actually the day I got the phone call I was late to a meeting and I’m never late to a meeting so people knew something was up,” said Sharon Kallus, the Principal of Rim Rock.  
So what’s next for Casto?  She plans on continuing her teaching success.  “I’ll still be a teacher tomorrow,” said Casto. 
That dedication to her students is something you can’t put a price on.