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Joni Readout, You're Iowa's Milken Educator!

Joni Readout (IA '17)   |   Central Decatur Junior-Senior High School  |  Leon, IA  |  Nov 29, 2017

The morning assembly in Central Decatur's gym is bursting at the seams with students, staff and distinguished guests, including Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Ryan Wise. Dr. Gary Stark, chief executive officer of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, is visiting to commend the school on its stellar growth and academic achievements—but is that the only reason he's here? When Stark, representing the Milken Family Foundation as a 2001 Milken Educator from Arkansas, surprises TAP Master Teacher Joni Readout with Iowa's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award and a check for $25,000, the day quickly becomes one the outstanding educator will remember forever. Follow the exciting event in the photos below.

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  • Decatur 2017 principal Rudy Eversten
  • Decatur 2017 superintendent Chris Coffelt
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout with kids
  • Decatur 2017 state director Ryan Wise
  • Decatur 2017 Gary Stark 2
  • Decatur 2017 students spell 25000
  • Decatur 2017 students eager 2
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout reaction 1
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout walks to front
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout Gary Stark Ryan Wise
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout smiling with tears
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout check dignitaries
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout acceptance speech
  • Decatur 2017 students hug Joni Readout
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout media
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout freshman Nathan Gardner
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout hug from colleague
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout state legislative reps
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout veterans
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout portrait 1
  • Decatur 2017 Joni Readout classroom teaching

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  • Congratulations and best wishes! These are moments you'll never forget. Your life will never be the same as a result of being selected as a Milken Educator.

    Posted by Rosemarye Boykins (GA '91), 29/11/2017 8:58pm (5 years ago)

  • Joni, congratulations on being selected as a Milken Educator. What an honor! Your life will change forever as a result of joining the Milken Family. I apologize for not being at your notification. I live in Iowa City and making the 3+ hour trip to be there before 9 was not going to work.

    I look forward to meeting you in DC. If you have an questions, please send me an email.

    Posted by Hector Ibarra, 29/11/2017 2:31pm (5 years ago)

  • Because of the work of teachers like Joni, Iowa School’s are better equipped to meet the needs of all of our kids. She is a winner in every way.

    Posted by Susie Olesen, 29/11/2017 1:05pm (5 years ago)

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