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Dec 21, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Milken Family Foundation

Dear Milken Educators and Champions of Education,

We landed in the Pacific Northwest to hand out our last Milken Educator Award before the holidays. Read on to meet this year's Milken Educator from Oregon.


Lisa Richard (OR '16)

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"I will always remember the day my teacher got the Milky Way award!" So said one of Lisa Richard's third-graders after watching Dr. Jane Foley surprise his shocked teacher with Oregon's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000 at Pioneer School in Lebanon. Lisa, a former high school dropout who earned her GED at 27, is committed to helping students maximize their potential and preventing anyone from slipping through the cracks. "That is my biggest passion: paying attention to that kid who no one else is," she told The Oregonian in an interview after her notification.

>> See Lisa Richard's notification photos
>> Watch Lisa Richard's surprise notification video
>> Watch 30 years of Oregon Milken Educator highlights


Spotlight: Stephanie Conklin (KS '16) and Jennie Schmaltz (CO '16)

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How did our newest Milken Educators decide to pursue careers in the classroom? What do they hope students remember about their time together? This year's Spotlight series kicks off with interviews with Stephanie Conklin (KS '16) and Jennie Schmaltz (CO '16). Get to know the newest members of the Milken Educator family in Connections.


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As 2016 draws to a close, all of us here at the Milken Family Foundation wish you a happy holiday season and peace, health and happiness for the year to come. Thank you for being part of our family.

Mike Milken, Joni Milken-Noah and Lowell Milken


In this newsletter:  Stephanie Conklin (KS '16)Lowell Milken Lisa Richard (OR '16)Jennie Schmaltz (CO '16)
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