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Master Teacher Amber Simpson Wins TX Milken Award

Amber Simpson (TX '16)   |   Barrera Veterans Elementary School  |  Von Ormy, TX  |  Feb 07, 2017

Good morning, Governor! Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Education Commissioner Mike Morath and Somerset Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa are visiting Von Ormy to commend the students and staff of Barrera Veterans Elementary School, which posted the district’s highest academic student achievement last year. But there’s a big surprise to come at the all-school assembly: Governor Abbott and Dr. Gary Stark, CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, name master teacher Amber Simpson the recipient of Texas’ 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000! Relive Simpson’s life-changing day in our photo gallery.

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  • Governor Greg Abbott with Barrera Elementary students
  • Gary Stark Barrera Elementary students
  • Barrera principal Geneva Salinas
  • Barrera Elementary pledge of allegiance
  • Barrera Elementary cheerleaders
  • Texas education commissioner Mike Morath at Barrera
  • Gary Stark addresses Barrera Elementary
  • Barrera Elementary students volunteer
  • Gary Stark with Barrera Elementary student
  • Barrera Elementary students spell 25000
  • Amber Simpson reaction 2
  • Amber Simpson reaction 1
  • Governor Greg Abbott Amber Simpson Gary Stark
  • Governor Greg Abbott addresses Barrera Elementary
  • Amber Simpson check with dignitaries
  • Amber Simpson Mike Morath Governor Greg Abbott
  • Amber Simpson acceptance speech
  • Amber Simpson with colleagues
  • Amber Simpson veteran Milken educators
  • Amber Simpson with student
  • Amber Simpson Gary Stark Barrera Elementary classroom

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