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Kathleen Milburn (WY '96)


At the time of the Award, Kathleen Milburn was:

Wilson Elementary School
Wilson, WY

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 5

Biographical Information

Kathleen Milburn is an elementary school principal at at k-5 school in Wilson, Wyoming. In her current position, she promotes teacher excellence through standards-based planning, instruction and assessment. Professional Learning Communities serve as a touchstone for teachers to keep the learner first. Prior to becomeing a principal, Milburn was elementary math coordinator for the Teton County School District in Jackson, a position she has held from 2004-2014. In this position, she worked in classrooms as a partner with teachers to improve math instruction. Previously, Milburn taught fifth graders at Wilson School in Wilson. "My students use computers, laser disks, scanners and digital cameras the way most people use pencils," said Milburn, who relied on both "old-fashioned" and "futuristic" instructional strategies to effectively convey knowledge and learning skills to both gifted and special needs children. In Milburn's classroom, technology served as a "great equalizer and emancipator," allowing her to tailor education to varying performance levels. Milburn's emphasis on technology was complemented by a reliance on the performing arts and real-life applications. Her students wrote books, produced educational multimedia software programs, and collaborated in a year-long American History program that incorporated art, music, dance and drama in a final presentation. 

Additional Information


1980 Miami University, B.A.

Assessment, Community Involvement, Cooperative Learning, Fine Arts, Music Programs, Performing Arts, Team Teaching, Technology