In teacher Yvonne Dean-Griffin's family and consumer science classroom at Hartford Public High School in Hartford, students learn by doing. They develop banking skills by opening and maintaining imaginary savings accounts; handle family finances by becoming "families" and managing simulated budgets; and experience the magnitude of pregnancy and child care with a 34-pound fake belly and a whining "Baby Think About It." She received a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship for "Your Heart's Delight," an integrated curriculum in which students research the role that cultural inheritances, lifestyles, mating patterns, dietary habits, poverty and stress can play in diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Mrs. Dean-Griffin is currently developing the "Teacher Cadet Academy" program which is designed to train, inspire, and encourage students who have displayed an interest in teaching to assume leadership roles in education.
Being a Milken recipient is an honor of which I am extremely proud. It also means setting higher goals and expectations for me and my students. I truly want my students to understand the quote "To whom much is given, much is required". Since receiving the award I have served as President of Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators, and NE Affiliate Representative and Board member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators.
1971 Hampton University, B.A.