Hawaii special educator Karen Heresa won the the $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for her teaching and work to create a character-education program. "A special education teacher is a special kind of teacher, who has to work with parents, teachers and children," said retired principal Rachel Watarai, who nominated Heresa for the award. "She's done many things behind the scenes and parents of her students have always had positive comments."

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