"Receiving the Milken Educator Award reaffirmed my values as a teacher and leader. It has pushed me to be bolder and to advocate not only for my students, but for my fellow teachers and myself. It gave me the opportunity not only to dream, but to plan for my future in education. Many things have changed, but my core values have not. They are stronger! More now than ever, I believe in high expectations, being courageous, demanding equity and the power of collaboration."
— Posted on Facebook on the one-year anniversary of his Milken Educator Award notification
Manuel Zaldivar (CT '16) Assistant Principal
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