Art teacher Claire Smullen has taught students from first grade to 12th, but she loves middle school, a time when “students are trying to figure out how they fit into the world.”
Chris Bessonette's (WY '18) immigrant students flourish at dual-language Munger Mountain Elementary School.
In addition to helming her kindergarten classroom at Madison Elementary in Norman, Hailey Couch (OK ’18) also leads the Climate Committee. Its goal: improving staff morale, boosting retention rates and creating authentic connections among students, staff and parents.
Just a few weeks after we surprised Becky Streff (NE ’18) with her Milken Award in North Bend, the Platte River overflowed its banks and flooded the town. As the community came together, the fifth-grade teacher turned the devastating floods into a teachable moment.
The Volunteer Corps Club grew out of 2019 Tennessee Milken Educator Shelly Gaughan’s own passion for community service: “It was really important to me to make sure I was providing our kids with meaningful learning opportunities.”
Since his Milken Award surprise at Smalley Academy in New Britain, Manny Zaldivar (CT ’16) has transitioned from first-grade teacher to administrator. Here, he reflects on his first year as an assistant principal at New Britain’s Chamberlain Elementary School.