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STEM Teacher Lukas Hefty Wins FL Milken Award

Lukas Hefty (FL '16)   |   Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School  |  St. Petersburg, FL  |  Jan 12, 2017

Science plays a starring role at Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School, a STEM-focused magnet school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Brian Dassler, Florida Department of Education deputy chancellor of educator quality, is visiting to commend Jamerson on its STEM conference for students, along with Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego. But there's another reason for their visit, which comes to light when Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, surprises Lukas Hefty, the school's math and science magnet coordinator, with Florida’s 2016-17 Award and a check for $25,000! Follow along in our photo gallery as the morning assembly changes this outstanding educator's career forever. 

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  • Jamerson students ready for assembly
  • Jamerson principal Brandie Williams Macon
  • Jamerson students pledge of allegiance
  • Jamerson students perform school song
  • Jamerson students school spirit
  • Jamerson band performs
  • Pinellas County Superintendent Michael Grego Jamerson
  • Jamerson students watch presentation
  • Brian Dassler Florida DOE Jamerson
  • Jane Foley Jamerson Elementary
  • Jamerson students hands up
  • Jamerson students spell 25000
  • Jamerson students excited
  • Lukas Hefty reaction
  • Lukas Hefty walks to front
  • Lukas Hefty with wife and son
  • Lukas Hefty acceptance speech
  • Lukas Hefty check dignitaries
  • Lukas Hefty check with Milken Educator vets
  • Lukas Hefty talks with reporters
  • Lukas Hefty portrait
  • Jane Foley Rubylinda Zickafoose

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  • Congratulations, Lukas!
    Welcome to the Milken Family!
    Enjoy the moment!
    Keep taking care of the children in FL!

    Posted by Michael Rafferty (CT '99), 16/01/2017 4:18pm (6 years ago)

  • Very deserving. Congratulations, Lukas!

    Posted by David Johnson, 13/01/2017 3:02am (6 years ago)

  • Great Job Lukas!!! No one deserves this more than you.

    Posted by Dr. Sandra Brodney, 12/01/2017 9:56am (6 years ago)

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