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Local teacher gets unexpected surprised from Ellen DeGeneres

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Jaime Miller teaches at Francis Willard Elementary School in Kansas City, KS, but Wednesday night she had a very unusual guest.

It was a phone call and a knock at the door Miller never expected, and she certainly didn't expect to be on national television.

"I picked up and it was like, ‘Helloooo. Is this Jaime Miller?' This funny accent," she said.

When she found out it was Ellen DeGeneres, the teacher said she freaked out.

"I kind of blacked out because I was just like in shock about the whole thing. Oh my goodness I can't believe this is happening, and she's like, ‘You're talking to Ellen,' and I just started screaming," Miller said.

Miller had won a contest where The Ellen DeGeneres Show takes letters about deserving teachers around the country and tries to help them out.

Miller's husband wrote the letter, having no idea that it would be chosen. The teacher said she's still in shock and said the money will really help her with bills and get more supplies for her class.

"We are using the money just mainly on different activities that we do in the classroom," she said.

Her principal said few teachers are more deserving than Miller. She said Miller really goes all out for her students.

Miller said classroom expenses can really add up - throughout the year she spends up to $3,000 out-of-pocket just to have her class ready.

"I feel like I'm in a dream still. I cannot believe that this is happening. She's changed our lives forever, and I will never be able to thank her enough," Miller, who won $10,000, said.

Miller's husband is currently in school, so hers is the only income in the family. She hopes to be able to use some of the money to put down on a house.

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