Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Spotlight: Emily Rendine (RI '22)

    February 27, 2023

    Emily Rendine created a learning garden to build students’ commitment to protecting the planet: “When they have a sense of connection to a species or plant, they have a reason to care about the forces that impact that plant’s future.”

  • Spotlight: Sarah Collins (ME '22)

    February 21, 2023

    Through virtual field trips, Sarah Collins connects her fourth graders in rural Maine with scientists around the globe: “Hopefully, my students’ eyes are open to the opportunities and pathways that exist in the world.”

  • Spotlight: Tiffany Miera (CO '22)

    February 17, 2023

    Fifth grade teacher Tiffany Miera respects the way upper elementary students think: “I love their creative problem-solving and willingness to try new things.”

  • Spotlight: Shaina Brenner (NJ '22)

    February 15, 2023

    Shaina Brenner (NJ ’22) developed a passion for protecting nature as a child in Maine. She’s committed to instilling that passion in students: “By protecting our ecosystem and preserving natural resources, we are improving the quality of our lives and those in the future.”

  • Spotlight: Kristi Becker Yulich (KS '22)

    February 13, 2023

    Kristi Becker Yulich (KS ’22) encourages her fourth graders to measure their success by thinking about where they started and where they are now: “That way our failures aren’t the end — they are steps toward progress.” 

  • Spotlight: Caitlin Garvey (NY '22)

    February 3, 2023

    Caitlin Garvey constantly looks for ways to integrate her special education students with the rest of her school: “Incredible things can happen when teachers can move beyond the idea of ‘your kids’ and ‘my kids’ and we can start seeing them as ‘our kids’.”

  • Spotlight: Angela Fowler (IN '22)

    February 2, 2023

    After her surprise Milken Educator Award assembly, math teacher Angela Fowler told her fourth graders that the Award will have a direct impact on their education: “I get to be part of a life-changing organization full of other passionate teachers.”

  • Spotlight: Alexa Guynes (TN '22)

    February 1, 2023

    Alexa Guynes and her fifth graders start every day sitting on the carpet and reading a picture book together. Picture books for tweens? Absolutely: “It’s a great way to start the class off calmly, get to know my students better, and spend time in literature together.”

  • Spotlight: Andrea Trio (WV '22)

    January 30, 2023

    Principal Andrea Trio has built strong relationships with community partners who support students and families with food, school supplies, their time and more: “They are vital members of our school family.”

  • Spotlight: Abby Turbak (SD '22)

    January 27, 2023

    First grade teacher Abby Turbak doesn’t remember teachers building meaningful relationships with her when she was a student. That’s part of what motivated her to pursue education: “I wanted to be that teacher for my kids.”

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