Two Virginia K-12 Educators
A Franklin County fourth-grade teacher and a Fairfax County elementary school principal received $25,000 awards this week from the Milken Family Foundation. Milken Family Foundation President Lowell Milken and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary presented the awards during surprise assemblies at each winners school.
These educators are recognized as among Virginias finest by their peers, students, and school divisions, said Dr. DeMary. I am delighted that they now are receiving national recognition through the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program.
Improving American education strengthens the vitality of American democracy, said Mr. Milken. By shining a light on the excellence of these educators, and the nearly 2,000 others we have honored over the past 18 years, we hope to show how crucial their efforts are to the goal of providing every child in America with the opportunity for a high quality education.
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 2004 Virginia recipients are:
Ms. Bowman and Ms. Tyler join 21 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 states 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 $50,000,000 in awards to 2,077 educators in 47 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 years award winners will receive their unrestricted $25,000 prizes in May 2005 at the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference in Washington.