Milken Educator Reflections

Desi Nesmith (CT '14) accepts his award from MFF Senior Vice President Jane Foley

Reflections from Milken Award Educators

“We have an opportunity as teachers to make learning meaningful for every child. One positive learning experience can unlock a cycle of learning where opportunities are endless.” - Julie Wojcicki-Cleave (OR '14)

“Education is the stepping stone to becoming your best self.” - Jenna White (AK '14)

 “New technology, cures for fatal diseases, peace talks—this will all come from those who were once our students. We owe it to our future to provide our students with an amazing education.” - Angie Sigmon (NC '14)

“As educators, we shape the world. In order to do so we must continuously be lifelong learners ourselves. Those who are educated will have the unique ability to go out into the world and continue to break down barriers, find cures, achieve great success in their profession and ultimately impact the lives of those around them. Education is truly power.” - Desi Nesmith (CT '14)

“Teaching is a calling. Each day I wake up excited to get to school and help our young students reach their potential through fostering a love of learning. Instilling a love of learning in students ensures a brighter future for them and all mankind.” - Michelle Johnson (DC '14)

 “Great teachers don’t teach what to think; they teach how to think, solve problems and communicate.” - Angela Harvala (MN '14)

“Every day I dedicate myself to leading my teachers with my heart. I listen. I learn. I inspire. As an educator at a TAP school, I have seen firsthand the culture that is created when teachers lead from within, and it is inspiring.” - Lindsey Parker (LA '14)


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