Shereene Wilkerson, formally the Associate Superintendent of the Vacaville Unified School District, was honored as a Milken Education in 1992 while principal of Willis Jepson Middle School. Ms. Wilkerson transformed Willis Jepson from a traditional departmentalized junior high school into a progressive middle school. "I embraced the middle grade reform movement early on," she says, "and worked to provide a structure for staff and community collaboration. I was willing to challenge the status quo to provide all students with access to standards based curriculum and instruction. I wanted to make a contribution to future generations by helping to educate the present generation. I enjoyed the daily challenge of middle grade students. Their highs stimulated my creativity and their lows allowed me to nurture and support them through the tough years of adolescence."
1984 University of La Verne, M.A.