When a graduate school colleague convinced her to bring a bucket of organisms into a local middle school, marine biologist Tami Lunsford (DE ’17) knew she had found her purpose: “My heart kept calling me back to the classroom.”
Melanie Alfaro (NM ’17) began her career in the classroom after her son was born: “I wanted to be the type of teacher that I hoped my own children would have.” She received New Mexico’s Milken Educator Award at Deming Intermediate School on November 30, 2017.
A year later, 2016 Milken Educators reflect on the impact their Awards have made on their careers.
Born at the 2017 Milken Educator Awards Forum, a new mentoring program pairs experienced Milken Educators with new recipients to help them find their voice.
More than a decade ago, Brian Young (LA '07) was among the first educators to return to his New Orleans school after Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of Harvey and Irma, he shares advice for schools dealing with disasters.
At the beginning of this year, Eric Crouch (GA '16) discovered that 88% of his students are half a year or more behind in reading skills. Here's his plan to turn things around.