RICHMOND, Va. — A Fairfax County science teacher is being honored with a national education award.

Hayfield Secondary School teacher Elizabeth Galinis on Friday received a $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

The award was presented to her by Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright and foundation’s co-founder Michael Milken.

The award was first presented in 1987 and is designed to provide public recognition and a financial reward to teachers, principals and other educators who have a proven record of excellence in education.

Galinis is the 39th Virginia educator to be recognized with the award since 1999. She has been a classroom instructor since 2007 and was a finalist for Fairfax County Public Schools’ 2013 Teacher of the Year.

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