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Award Notification: Chandler Smith (LA '15)
Plaquemine High School
Louisiana Principal Chandler Smith Wins Milken Educator Award
When Chandler Smith, principal at Plaquemine High School, hears his name called as winner of a Louisiana Milken Educator Award for 2015-16, he is truly shocked. "Y'all really got me good on this one," he tells the crowd when Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, hands him the microphone.
Smith is known as a data-driven educator who focuses intently on student achievement and what teachers should be doing to support it. "You've got to look at [students'] work to see if it's getting better," he says. "You've got to analyze where their difficulties are, where we can do better in instruction to move them further."