Two Virginia K-12 Educators Receive $25,000 Milken Awards
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A Chesterfield County fifth-grade teacher and an elementary school principal from Charlottesville each received $25,000 awards today from the Milken Family Foundation. Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President Jane Foley and Superintendent of Public Instruction Billy K. Cannaday Jr. presented the awards during surprise assemblies at each winner’s school.
“These educators inspire excellence in their schools, in their students, and in their coworkers,” said Dr. Cannaday. “In doing so, they make a profound difference in the lives of Virginia students each day. Through the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Awards program they are receiving recognition for making a profound difference in the lives of Virginia students.”
“The educators being honored today play a critical role in ensuring high-quality educational opportunities for all students,” said Dr. Foley. “As a nation, it is imperative that we recognize the importance of outstanding teachers and educational leaders and encourage young, talented people to choose teaching as a career.”
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards are designed to reward and provide recognition for elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and administrators who promote excellence and innovation in public education. The 2006 Virginia recipients are:
Ms. Keiser and Mr. Cole join 25 other Virginia educators who have been recognized with the prestigious Milken Educator Awards since Virginia began participating in 1999.
Educators are recommended for the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by each participating state’s department of education. Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of numerous criteria, including:
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards were established in 1985. The awards program, dubbed “the Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, is the largest of its kind in the country. Since the inception of the program, the Milken Family Foundation has distributed more than $56 million in awards to more than 2,200 educators in 48 states and the District of Columbia. This month, 100 new recipients from across the country are being announced in surprise assemblies at their schools. This year’s award winners will receive their unrestricted $25,000 prizes in Spring 2007 at the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference in Los Angeles .