Ken Kang (HI ’17) often talks with his students about leaving a legacy that is ethical and serves others: “I hope they remember that I wanted them to create a brighter future not only for themselves, but for their children and their children's children.”
Since 2016, Meghan LeFevers (NC ’17) has traveled the country giving presentations with a former student who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meghan’s using her Award money to take the student and her family to Walt Disney World: “Without her commitment to continue to improve and to share her story, I would not be where I am today.”
Like so many other Milken Educators, Katie Negen (TX ’17) was inspired to teach by the educators in her family. At her grandfather’s funeral, students lined up to share stories about him: “I hope to make a fraction of that impact in my career.”
Chemistry teacher Maria DeBruin (NJ ’17) expected her life to change when she left the corporate world for the classroom, but she’s embraced every part of her role as a teacher, even bathroom, hall and cafeteria duty: “I have learned to love every opportunity to interact with students.”
Theresa Cross (LA ’17) is using some of her Milken Educator Award money to fund an annual award for an outstanding educator at InspireNOLA charter schools: “It was so wonderful to be acknowledged that I want other educators to have the same experience.”
Biology teacher Lisa Rodgers (CO ’17) isn’t sure students will remember the exact content of her classes, but she thinks the process will stick: “I hope they remember how to engage in scientific inquiry so they can reliably answer their own questions later in life.”
Teaching math is all in the family for Dale Adamson (FL '17). He works alongside his sister Katelyn and mother Karen, a 30-year math educator he considers his biggest professional inspiration: "She has instilled in me the belief that a teacher is never done learning."