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Kristi Grooms' $25,000 MEA Surprise

Dutch Fork Middle School  |  Irmo, SC  |  Dec 12, 2013

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Kristi Grooms with Milken Educators and VIPs

There’s the Milken Educator family, made up of nearly 2,600 outstanding educators around the country, five of whom—including Dr. Gary Stark (AR ’01)—came to celebrate this day with her; and then there’s the extended Milken Educator family, comprised of school officials, politicians and heads of organizations that are committed to passionate teachers like Kristi and the work that they do.

Pictured, from left: National Institute for Excellence in Teaching President and CEO Dr. Gary Stark, Regina Urueta (SC '06), Dr. Ann Shaw (SC '00), Kristi Grooms (SC ’13), Barbara Weston (SC ‘95), Robert Ondere (SC ‘09) and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais.

In this series:  Kristi Grooms (SC '13) In this photo:  Robert Oloo Ondere (SC '09)Dr. Ann Shaw (SC '00)Dr. Gary Stark (AR '01)Regina Urueta (SC '06)Barbara Weston (SC '95)

All photos should be credited to "Milken Family Foundation" unless otherwise noted.

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