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Jessica Villanueva Wins CA Milken Award

Jessica Villanueva (CA '16)   |   Suisun Elementary School  |  Suisun City, CA  |  Feb 03, 2017

Suisun Elementary School has rolled out the red carpet for California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Superintendent Kris Corey, who have joined the morning's all-school assembly to talk about the school's trauma-informed approach. But they've got an unexpected guest waiting in the wings: Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, who surprises second-grade teacher Jessica Villanueva with a 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000. Browse our photo gallery to relive Villanueva's career-changing day.

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  • Jessica Villanueva with students before assembly
  • Suisun students wait for assembly
  • Suisun principal AnnMarie Neubert
  • Suisun district superintendent Kris Corey
  • California superintendent Tom Torlakson Suisun Elementary
  • Jane Foley Suisun Elementary
  • Jane Foley Suisun Elementary student 1
  • Suisun Elementary students eager to hear
  • Suisun Elementary students spell 25000
  • Suisun Elementary students wait to hear winner
  • Jessica Villanueva reaction
  • Jessica Villanueva overcome with emotion
  • Jessica Villanueva walks to front
  • Jessica Villanueva wipes away tears
  • Jessica Villanueva congratulations from Tom Torlakson
  • Jessica Villanueva acceptance speech
  • Jessica Villanueva Jane Foley Tom Torlakson
  • Jessica Villanueva check veteran Milken Educators
  • Suisun Elementary staff
  • Jessica Villanueva calls husband
  • Jessica Villanueva portrait

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  • I was honored to witness Jessica's celebration, the success of Suisun Elementary& to celebrate 30 years of the Milken Educator Awards.

    Posted by Lauran Cherry (CA '00), 06/02/2017 11:29pm (5 years ago)

  • It's so fabulous to see a young Latina teacher be recognized for her work....and received $$$. Let's not kid ourselves that money matters!!

    Posted by Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, 05/02/2017 5:36pm (5 years ago)

  • Jessica could not be more deserving of this prestigious award. She is a shining light in a dark world and one of the loveliest women I know... Way to go, Jessica!!

    Posted by Sue Boldt, 03/02/2017 2:40pm (5 years ago)

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