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Liberty High School teacher wins national contest

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A teacher went for the goal and succeeds. It started with a contest to win money for his classroom. Now one Liberty High School teacher is in the national spotlight.

After competing for five weeks against one thousand teachers across the nation, Liberty Band Director Everett Jeremy Rodriguez has been named one of America's most innovative teachers.

The prize, $10,000 classroom grant! Rodriguez didn't know he won and was surprised on Wednesday with the big news.

"I don't really look at it as much as a win for me, I don't do this for myself, I have the greatest students ever and just to be able to do this for them to make opportunities for them that's why I come and do this," Director Everett Jeremy Rodriguez said.

The money will be put towards a new digitized piano lab and recording studio for students.

To check out the winning video click here.

 According to a press release:

"Everett Jeremy Rodriguez is a music teacher at Liberty High School in Glen Daniel, West Virginia. His music program does perform traditional band music, but the students can compose their own music, produce their own videos and films, and publish them in front of a global audience on the Internet. He will use the grant to start a computerized piano lab at his school to create and record music. View his videos about the program here,"

The contest was sponsored by GOOD and the University of Phoenix.