Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Spotlight: Jacob Eitzen (NE '23)

    July 11, 2024

    Nebraska Milken Educator Jacob Eitzen understands the importance of connecting with his students on a personal level. In his math classroom, he utilizes topics that both he and his students enjoy, making complex lessons easier to master. "Don’t be afraid to share yourself with your students. I’ve found that students are much more willing to learn and go further in the classroom if they can relate to you in some way.” 

  • Spotlight: Korri Cunningham (AL '23)

    July 9, 2024

    From an early age, Korri Cunningham grew up believing educators were superheroes who inspired her love for learning. Now, a teacher herself, she recalls the first year her own students made her feel the same. As her school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, Cunningham builds strong relationships with her students and inspires a curiosity for learning about diverse global experiences. 

  • Reactions and Takeaways from the 2024 MEA Forum

    June 28, 2024

    Milken Educators share the moments and ideas that inspired them at the 2024 MEA Forum: Unleashing Educator Leadership.

  • Spotlight: Shelley Terry (MA '23)

    June 26, 2024

    Inspired by her high school English teachers, Shelley Terry found her calling to teach English and Language Arts through stories like The Great Gatsby and Shakespeare. Now as a teacher herself, Terry fosters a love for reading and literature in her classroom using the same stories her teachers once shared with her as a student.

  • Spotlight: Jacob Ball (KY '23)

    June 4, 2024

    From his roots in rural Kentucky to his innovative approach to agricultural education, Jacob Ball's story is one of dedication, empowerment, and the transformative power of teaching. His connection to the classroom and his students at Carter G. Woodson Academy, where he pioneered the agriculture program, is fueled by knowing he is a part of something bigger. "I am not preparing students for a test; I see teaching agriculture as my calling to train and prepare the next generation of leaders who will feed the world."

  • Spotlight: Janna Hamrick (WV '23)

    May 28, 2024

    Janna Hamrick (WV '23), who teaches fifth grade math at Rock Branch Elementary School in Nitro, struggled with reading in elementary school. The influence of a few special role models, including her first grade teacher Mrs. Bennett, inspired her choice to teach. “Without her drive and passion for education and helping her students, I’m not sure where I would be now,” she says. “She helped me recognize my weaknesses, but never let them define who I was as a person.”

  • Spotlight: Shane Baker (KY '23)

    May 24, 2024

    For Shane Baker (KY '23), balanced integration of technology is an avenue to spark engagement and make learning more accessible for his third grade students. "Students of all ages should have opportunities to work with technology. Working with younger students helps us set healthy boundaries early while also building their digital literacy and toolkit." 

  • Spotlight: Taylor Trost (NJ '23)

    May 21, 2024

    Taylor Trost (NJ '23), a fourth grade teacher at Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School, often thinks about the students she met during her first year of teaching: "They taught me so much about building relationships with students and the value of spending the time and energy to ensure your classroom becomes a family."

  • Spotlight: Andrew Rebello (MA '23)

    May 17, 2024

    At Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Principal and Assistant Superintendent Andrew Rebello (MA '23) leads with a focus on the future, equally invested in the academic success and well-being of his students. "At the end of the day, my goal is to help students grow into confident, compassionate and resilient individuals who are ready to take on whatever life throws their way."

  • Spotlight: Virginia Fasulo (NJ '23)

    May 10, 2024

    Instrumental in creating the pre-med curriculum at Lodi High School, Virginia Fasulo (NJ ’23) channels her experience in healthcare to provide students with hands-on opportunities and career skills. Virginia says she hopes to “give students the introduction to medicine that I wish I’d had before starting in the field.”

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