Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • "I hope my students take from my class the power of the written word. I want them to understand, whether they are the writer or they..." (read more)
    Alexis Sjol (CA '17)
    Activities Director and English Teacher, Ruben S. Ayala High School
  • "I always start each year by giving my kids a questionnaire that asks about their interests, hobbies, attitudes, and past experiences...." (read more)
    Katherine Watkins (TN '17)
    ELA Instructional Coach, Memphis School of Excellence
  • "It took me a long time to realize that [as a master teacher] I was able to effect change in so many people. I get to take my ideas..." (read more)
    Katie Negen (TX '17)
    High School Master Teacher/District Master Teacher , Slaton Independent School District
  • "Prior to winning the Milken Educator Award, I was lost and unsure about how I could make a greater impact. I did not know where to..." (read more)
    Jayda Pugliese (PA '16)
    Principal, St. Mary Interparochial School
  • "Receiving the Milken Educator Award reaffirmed my values as a teacher and leader. It has pushed me to be bolder and to advocate not..." (read more)
    Manuel Zaldivar (CT '16)
    Principal, Chamberlain Elementary School
  • "The Milken Educator Award presentation had an impact on our entire community. For days and weeks after the notification, parents and..." (read more)
    Devon Willis-Jones (LA '16)
    Senior Specialist, Louisiana, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
  • "How can we get and keep good teachers? Acknowledge and honor them for their hard work. Showcase the growth our students are making..." (read more)
    Aimee Schade (IN '16)
    Principal, West Goshen Elementary
  • "[In fifth grade] I decided that I didn't have a 'math brain.'  And, no surprise, I found math more difficult from that point..." (read more)
    Kara Davis (AR '16)
    Literacy Facilitator, Northside Elementary School
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