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STEAM Teacher Jayda Pugliese Wins PA Milken Educator Award

Jayda Pugliese (PA '16)   |   Andrew Jackson Elementary School  |  Philadelphia, PA  |  Oct 05, 2016

What brings Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite to the gymnasium at Andrew Jackson Elementary School? A routine assembly turns into a career-changing celebration when science and math teacher Jayda Pugliese is surprised with a Milken Educator Award and $25,000, kicking off the Milken Family Foundation’s 30th year recognizing and rewarding outstanding educators across the U.S. Follow along in the photos below.

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  • Mayor Jim Kenney with students
  • Jackson Elementary Principal Lisa Kaplan
  • Jackson Elementary student band
  • Superintendent William Hite Jackson Elementary
  • Pedro Rivera Jackson Elementary
  • Lowell Milken Andrew Jackson with dignitaries
  • Students volunteer to help
  • Lowell Milken with Jackson Elementary student
  • Jackson Elementary students spell award amount
  • Jayda Pugliese Jackson Elementary hug
  • Jayda Pugliese covers face
  • Jayda Pugliese Jackson Elementary high five
  • Jayda Pugliese check
  • Jayda Pugliese tears
  • Jayda Pugliese Kleenex
  • Jayda Pugliese Pedro Rivera Lowell Milken
  • Jayda Pugliese Pedro Rivera
  • Jaguar paws
  • Students show jaguar paws 2
  • Jayda Pugliese Lowell Milken
  • Jayda Pugliese addresses assembly
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Jayda Pugliese celebrates with students
  • Jayda Pugliese student hugs
  • Jayda Pugliese talks to media
  • Jayda Pugliese Lowell Milken classroom tour
  • Lowell Milken talks with Jackson Elementary students
  • Jayda Pugliese with veteran Milken Educators in classroom
  • Lowell Milken tours Jackson Elementary
  • Jayda Pugliese portrait

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  • As a member of the faculty of Holy Family University, I have had the pleasure of watching Jayda's development as a teacher. Children are very fortunate to call her their teacher.

    Posted by Helen Hoffner, 05/10/2016 4:15pm (6 years ago)

  • I had the privilege of teaching Jayda in high school. She was a leader from the very beginning. She outshone in so many ways. This is no surprise to me! Thank you for honoring such a deserving young woman.
    Antoinette Galdi
    Former Languages Department Chairperson at
    Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School

    Posted by Antoinette Galdi, 05/10/2016 11:25am (6 years ago)

  • Congratulations Ms. Pugliese!! We are so lucky to have you at Jackson!

    Posted by Yael Tacher, 05/10/2016 10:46am (6 years ago)

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