Michelle Johnson gets a high-five from a colleague and applause from assembled students and staff as she receives a Milken Educator Award at the District’s Seaton Elementary School on Thursday. ( Milken Family Foundation )

The Milken Family Foundation presented Michelle Johnson, a second-grade teacher at the District’s Seaton Elementary, with a $25,000 award Thursday in recognition of her success in the classroom.

Johnson was surprised with the award during an assembly at Seaton in the District’s Shaw neighborhood. Her students, many of whom are low-income and learning English as a second language, have made impressive academic gains under her tutelage, according to the Milken Family Foundation.

Over the past 28 years, the foundation has recognized more than 2,600 educators nationwide with awards totaling more than $65 million.