Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Spotlight: Lukas Hefty (FL '16)

    March 9, 2017

    STEM specialist Lukas Hefty (FL '16) believes that engineering should be part of every classroom, beginning in kindergarten: "It provides a real-world platform for the application of science, mathematics and technology."

  • Spotlight: Eric Crouch (GA '16)

    March 8, 2017

    Male teachers tend to shy away from elementary education, but fifth-grade teacher Eric Crouch (GA '16) saw that as an opportunity: "Our youngest students need positive male interaction, influence and role models."

  • Spotlight: Melissa Kovac (NM '16)

    March 6, 2017

    Second-grade teacher Melissa Kovac (NM '16) knows she's succeeding as an educator when students come back years later to thank her for helping them reach their goals: "Their second-grade teacher will always be there to cheer them on."

  • Milken Educator Memories: The First Class

    March 2, 2017

    To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we caught up with three 1987 Milken Educators from California. Hear them describe the impact of the Award on their careers in our Milken Educator Memories video series.

  • Spotlight: Lindsay Murray (VA '16)

    March 1, 2017

    On her desk, Lindsay Murray (VA '16) keeps a silver bell—a cherished childhood gift from her aunt, an elementary school teacher and Lindsay's professional inspiration. "It reminds me that with hard work and dedication you can make all your dreams come true," says Lindsay.

  • Spotlight: Vanessa Torres (SC '16)

    February 28, 2017

    Spanish teacher Vanessa Torres (SC '16) says her Milken Educator Award raised the value of language learning in her school and district: "There is no doubt that others see the significance of what I do."

  • Teaching Storytelling: Helping Immigrant Students Cope with Uncertainty

    February 27, 2017

    Recent shifts in policies and attitudes toward immigrants have Gina Benz's students on edge. Her antidote to uncertainty: encouraging students to share their powerful stories.

  • Spotlight: Lindsay Frevert (NJ '16)

    February 24, 2017

    Lindsay Frevert (NJ '16) only spends 183 days with her second-graders, but they're stuck with her forever. She cheers from the sidelines at their sporting events, attends their graduations and tracks their progress closely through college and beyond: "I know I am successful when my students grow up to be independent and successful citizens."

  • Lessons in Leadership

    February 22, 2017

    How do educators grow into leaders? Milken Educator Lauren Jensen (NY '15) shares what she's learned about challenging the status quo, taking risks, building relationships and embracing unexpected opportunities.

  • Spotlight: Catherine Randall (LA '16)

    February 21, 2017

    Third-grade teacher Catherine Randall (LA ’16) wants her students to remember that she loved them, believed in them and helped them believe in themselves: "They'll remember how they felt in my class."

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