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Feb 05, 2016

Who Was YOUR Most Memorable Teacher?

Who are the teachers who inspired you? Our newest Milken Educators share memories of their own most memorable teachers in our new Spotlight profiles. See their answers and get to know the class of 2015-16 in Connections.


Dear Milken Educators and Champions of Education,

Huge mahalo to everyone in Hawaii who made last week's surprise notification for Michael Sana, Hawaii's newest Milken Educator, so incredibly special. Keep reading for details and follow along in our photo galleries and videos.

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When Michael Sana (HI '15), a science teacher at Waipahu High School, was a teenager, he and his mother made a deal: She would fight her terminal cancer long enough to attend his high school graduation, and he would finish college and find a way to do good in the world. Both kept their promises. With Sana's help, his biology students have published research with the National Institutes of Health, worked at prestigious centers like the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and earned scholarships at top universities in Hawaii and on the mainland. "Thank you for seeing my potential in science, believing in me, and pushing me far beyond [what] I could ever imagine," one student emailed to congratulate Sana the day of his surprise Award notification. "Just know that you've made a huge impact in my life."
SEE: Michael's photo gallery
WATCH: Michael's notification video


Why Great Teachers Matter: The Students of Dr. Jeff Gall

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In our new series "Why Great Teachers Matter," we're asking former students of Milken Educators how these teachers influenced their careers and lives. Our first installment features three former students of Dr. Jeff Gall (MO '96) who say Gall had a profound and lasting impact on them, both professionally and personally. One example: Cardiologist Gautam Nayak calls Gall "the single most influential teacher" in the physician's 25 years of academic study. These moving tributes are a must-read.
READ: Why Great Teachers Matter: The Students of Dr. Jeff Gall


Connections: Get to Know Our 2015-16 Milken Educators

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Do you know which of these new Milken Educators once made dinner for a hungry polar bear? Get to know the 2015-16 Milken Educators in our new Spotlight interview series. Clockwise from top left: Chandler Smith (LA '15)Michaela Lamarre (ME '15)Eric Patin (NC '15)Melody Coryell (IN '15)Kimberly Moreno (NJ '15)Matt Harvey (CA '15). Look for new profiles weekly.


In this newsletter:  Melody Coryell (IN '15)Dr. Jeffrey Gall (MO '96)Matthew Harvey (CA '15)Michaela Lamarre (ME '15)Kimberly Moreno (NJ '15)Eric Patin (NC '15)Michael Sana (HI '15)Chandler Smith (LA '15)
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