LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Dawn McLain is described as a STEM star on the Milken Educator Awards website. There's no doubt they mean it, because Mike Milken handed her a $25,000 check on Thursday, Jan. 25 for her teaching efforts.

McLain teaches sixth grade math and science at Lakewood Middle School in North Little Rock. She goes to great lengths to give kids an opportunity to be hands-on with their learning. This approach includes leading kids in activities such as robotics, design modeling and interactive activities like tug-of-war, according to the Milken Awards website.

She is the only Arkansas teacher to be honored by Milken this year. There are 44 total honorees for 2017-18.