Social studies teacher Jordan McGaughey (MO ’17) hopes kids leave his class charged about learning and prepared for college-level work: “If students are passionate about what they are learning, they’ll seek out more education as they get older.”
How has the AVID experience shaped Milken Educators? In a panel discussion at the AVID national conference in December 2017, four Milken Educator Award recipients talked about the impact AVID’s college-and-career-readiness strategies have had on their own practices and their students’ success.
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.