Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • "I'm here [at my Milken Award notification] because of my teachers. I have family members who are teachers. I learn from other..." (read more)
    Erica Quale (ND '21)
    Teacher, Wachter Middle School
  • "I teach because kids need us....We can be their people. Not every child has people at their home. We give them a safe space to grow..." (read more)
    Chayna Adams (MS '21)
    Lead Teacher, Pearl River Central High School
  • "I had excellent examples of what a quality educator should embody, and I wanted to give that back to students in the best way I knew..." (read more)
    Ashley Gerald (MO '21)
    Teacher, Lusher Elementary School
  • "The motivation I get on a daily basis is having students talk to me years after and say, 'You made a big difference in my life. You..." (read more)
    Mark Garascia (MO '21)
    Alternative Education/Credit Recovery, Hancock Place High School
  • "In the metro Detroit area we have a big market [for industrial sewing] in automotive, aerospace and interior spaces....[In my CTE..." (read more)
    Stacie Yokhana (MI '21)
    Teacher, Fraser High School
  • "I love working with the kids every day. I love those 'aha' moments, when they finally catch on and realize they can do this....I was..." (read more)
    Jenna O'Driscoll (MI '21)
    Principal, Merrill Park Elementary School
  • "When a teacher is up there [in the classroom] and excited about learning, I think it helps the students get excited about learning...." (read more)
    Hillary Hoyt (ME '21)
    Teacher, Leroy H Smith School
  • "I love connecting with children. I love meeting them at their level. I love knowing I impact a life or two each year. It's just a..." (read more)
    Jamie Karaffa (ME '21)
    Teacher, Bruce M. Whittier Middle School
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