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CT Has a New Milken Educator ... Manuel Zaldivar!

Manuel Zaldivar (CT '16)   |   Smalley Academy  |  New Britain, CT  |  Oct 19, 2016

It's a star-studded assembly at New Britain's Smalley Academy: Connecticut Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell and Nancy Sarrais, district superintendent for New Britain, are here to recognize the district for its summer learning program. But is that the only reason for their visit? When Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, surprises first-grade teacher Manuel Zaldivar with Connecticut's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award, the assembly turns into a life-changing event Zaldivar will remember forever. Click through the photos below to relive this outstanding teacher's special day.

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  • Principal Saavedra Smalley Academy before assembly
  • Manny Zaldivar with first graders
  • New Britain HS band at Smalley Academy
  • Principal Elsa Saavedra
  • Smalley Academy students pledge of allegiance
  • Nancy Sarra New Britain Superintendent
  • Diana Wentzell Smalley Academy
  • Diana Wentzell New Britain Smalley Academy
  • Jane Foley Smalley Academy assembly
  • Jane Foley with student Victoria H
  • Smalley Academy students spell 25000
  • Smalley Academy students excited
  • Manny Zaldivar moment of surprise
  • Manny Zaldivar reaction
  • Manny Zaldivar with happy colleagues
  • Manny Zaldivar walks to front with students
  • Diana Wentzell Manny Zaldivar
  • Manny Zaldivar unbelieving with principal
  • Manny Zaldivar applause
  • Manny Zaldivar overwhelmed
  • Manny Zaldivar question from Jane Foley
  • Manny Zaldivar check
  • Manny Zaldivar veterans
  • Manny Zaldivar hug from colleague 1
  • Manny Zaldivar hug from colleague 2
  • Manny Zaldivar walking to classroom
  • Manny Zaldivar students
  • Manny Zaldivar portrait 2400h

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