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Principal Desi Nesmith is CT's 2014–15 Milken Educator!

Metacomet Elementary School  |  Bloomfield, CT  |  Oct 09, 2014

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Desi Nesmith hugs mentor Leon McKinley

In the rush of emotions and disbelief, Desi finds confirmation that this is really happening from the man who has guided and inspired him throughout his entire career: his mentor, Leon McKinley. When Desi was just starting out, McKinley, then principal at Mayberry Elementary in East Hartford, took a chance on the young teacher and has been his friend and mentor ever since.

McKinley's response to Desi's disbelief? "You deserve it."

Watch the video to see the powerful moment unfold.

In this series:  Desi Nesmith (CT '14)

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  • Desi Nesmith before assembly
  • Desi Nesmith Pledge of Allegiance
  • Desi Nesmith students sing national anthem
  • Desi Nesmith Jane Foley Stefan Pryor 25000 volunteers
  • Desi Nesmith students excited
  • Desi Nesmith surprise reaction
  • Desi Nesmith reaction ovation
  • Desi Nesmith hugs mentor Leon McKinley
  • Desi Nesmith with Jane Foley and applause
  • Desi Nesmith Stefan Pryor Jane Foley
  • Desi Nesmith with VIPs
  • Desi Nesmith accepts award
  • Desi Nesmith Donald Harris Jr
  • Desi Nesmith Stacey McCann Stefan Pryor
  • Desi Nesmith talks to media

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