Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Spotlight: Jacob Ball (KY '23)

    June 4, 2024

    From his roots in rural Kentucky to his innovative approach to agricultural education, Jacob Ball's story is one of dedication, empowerment, and the transformative power of teaching. His connection to the classroom and his students at Carter G. Woodson Academy, where he pioneered the agriculture program, is fueled by knowing he is a part of something bigger. "I am not preparing students for a test; I see teaching agriculture as my calling to train and prepare the next generation of leaders who will feed the world."

  • Spotlight: Janna Hamrick (WV '23)

    May 28, 2024

    Janna Hamrick (WV '23), who teaches fifth grade math at Rock Branch Elementary School in Nitro, struggled with reading in elementary school. The influence of a few special role models, including her first grade teacher Mrs. Bennett, inspired her choice to teach. “Without her drive and passion for education and helping her students, I’m not sure where I would be now,” she says. “She helped me recognize my weaknesses, but never let them define who I was as a person.”

  • Spotlight: Shane Baker (KY '23)

    May 24, 2024

    For Shane Baker (KY '23), balanced integration of technology is an avenue to spark engagement and make learning more accessible for his third grade students. "Students of all ages should have opportunities to work with technology. Working with younger students helps us set healthy boundaries early while also building their digital literacy and toolkit." 

  • Spotlight: Taylor Trost (NJ '23)

    May 21, 2024

    Taylor Trost (NJ '23), a fourth grade teacher at Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School, often thinks about the students she met during her first year of teaching: "They taught me so much about building relationships with students and the value of spending the time and energy to ensure your classroom becomes a family."

  • Spotlight: Andrew Rebello (MA '23)

    May 17, 2024

    At Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Principal and Assistant Superintendent Andrew Rebello (MA '23) leads with a focus on the future, equally invested in the academic success and well-being of his students. "At the end of the day, my goal is to help students grow into confident, compassionate and resilient individuals who are ready to take on whatever life throws their way."

  • Spotlight: Virginia Fasulo (NJ '23)

    May 10, 2024

    Instrumental in creating the pre-med curriculum at Lodi High School, Virginia Fasulo (NJ ’23) channels her experience in healthcare to provide students with hands-on opportunities and career skills. Virginia says she hopes to “give students the introduction to medicine that I wish I’d had before starting in the field.”

  • Spotlight: Michael Tapee (AR '23)

    May 3, 2024

    In Springdale, Arkansas, math teacher and Herobotics coach Michael Tapee (AR '23) strives to give students tools to be the leaders of tomorrow. "Their critical thinking skills and self-image as world changers lead them to dream big about what they can accomplish." 

  • A ‘Life-Changing Experience’: 2023 Fellows Explore LMC’s Unsung Heroes

    August 29, 2023

    I see Unsung Heroes everywhere I go: Milken Educators share their experience as 2023 Fellows at the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, Kansas.

  • Activating Milken Educators: Missouri Teacher Leaders of Tomorrow

    August 25, 2023

    Missouri’s veteran Milken Educators are working together to recognize and support outstanding new teachers in their state.

  • Educators, It’s Time to Embrace AI

    July 31, 2023

    Milken Educators share responsible ways to use ChatGPT in the classroom.

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