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South Coast Teacher Receives National Honors, $25,000 Award

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Pacifica High School teacher Aaron Ferguson finds out he's been awarded a 2017 Miken Award, which includes $25,000 in cash

A South Coast teacher who’s trying to give his students a taste of the outside business world got one his own special experience this week, when he was awarded $25,000 for going the extra mile to help educate teens.

Aaron Ferguson, who’s a teacher at Oxnard’s Pacifica High School, was one of the winners of a 2017 Milken Educator Award. The Milken Awards are presented to early and mid-career teachers for what they’ve accomplished as well as their potential.

Ferguson runs the Academy of Business at the high school, a school within a school which gives students experience at local businesses. He’s also the senior class advisor, and academic advisor, and a sports coach.

He was surprised with the award at a special school assembly. In addition to the money, he was also invited to a special national conference of innovated educators.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.