FALMOUTH — Richard Meserve, a special education teacher at The REAL School, has received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

Meserve, who lives in Falmouth, was one of 54 teachers from across the United States who were honored during a ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif.

Called the “Kid Whisperer” by his peers, Meserve was recognized for his teaching expertise and his unwavering love for students at the alternative school, which is part of the Windham School District.

“He has improved attendance, academic performance, credit standing and, most certainly, the confidence of his students,” said Bonnie Somers, spokeswoman for the Milken Family Foundation.