Joplin High School's journey of disaster to recovery after the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that destroyed the school and much of the town. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Angie Besendorfer (MO '96) shares their story and the lessons learned along the way that other educators can apply to their own schools.
In his second year at Brown Elementary, art teacher Barth Quenzer (CO '12) envisioned a way to take back the school from graffitti and vandalism, and build a community in the process. Six years later, his success is as clear as the writing on the wall.
We asked 82 teachers, principals, administrators and superintendents in the Milken Educators Network how they're spending their summer vacations. Here are the Top 7 answers.
"Education is either life or death," says Dexter Chaney (IL ’11). "It's our responsibility to inspire young people, educate them, and transform them to be great contributors to our society."
What started out as volunteering in his alma mater high school has taken Dexter Chaney to heights he hadn’t imagined possible. Now that he knows that there are no limits, he has no intention of stopping. Dexter Chaney is a man on a mission to save lives.
When Dr. Carrie Buck first arrived as principal at C.T. Sewell Elementary School in 2006, she encountered a rundown, graffiti-covered facility in the old section of Henderson, Nevada.... "At the time," says Dr. Buck, "I had no idea how truly lucky I was to have such a great opportunity.”