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Devon Willis-Jones, You’re a Milken Educator!

Jeanerette Elementary School  |  Jeanerette, LA  |  Oct 25, 2016

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Holly Boffy BESE vice president Jeanerette

Dr. Holly Boffy, vice president of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), praises Jeanerette for its quick improvement as Iberia Parish School District Superintendent Dale Henderson (left) and Principal Devon Willis-Jones look on. “You came to a school that was struggling, and what did you do? You made it great," she says. A new mother, Boffy says that Jeanerette's "little tigers" inspire her to get back to work educating students. (The tiger is Jeanerette's mascot.) Boffy also reminds students of the qualities their teachers aim to instill in them. "You've got to have big dreams, persevere, and work hard, especially when things are not easy ... and have compassion," she says. The presentation then takes an unexpected turn when Boffy introduces a surprise guest: Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation. 


In this series:  Devon Willis-Jones (LA '16) In this photo:  Devon Willis-Jones (LA '16)

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  • Jeanerette students pledge of allegiance
  • Jeanerette students listen
  • Jeanerette student presentation
  • Dale Henderson Iberia superintendent Jeanerette 2
  • Holly Boffy BESE vice president Jeanerette
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette student 1
  • Jeanerette students hands up
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette student 2
  • Jeanerette students spell award amount
  • Jeanerette students eager to hear
  • Devon Willis Jones emotional
  • Devon Willis Jones check
  • Devon Willis Jones emotional with Lowell Milken
  • Devon Willis Jones addresses assembly
  • Devon Willis Jones vets
  • Devon Willis Jones check students
  • Devon Willis Jones Jackie Jones
  • Devon Willis Jones talks to media
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette media
  • Devon Willis Jones talks with students
  • Lowell Milken Jeanerette classroom

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