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Meet the 2014–15 Milken Educator Award Winners

Nationwide│Apr 20, 2015

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Desi Nesmith with Jane Foley and applause

Desi Nesmith (CT ’14) │Principal, Metacomet School │Bloomfield, CT

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Date of Award: Oct. 09, 2014 

As a former student of Metacomet who lived across the street as a child, Desi Nesmith thinks of his school as "home." He's a passionate educator and is actively investing in the future of today's youth, going so far as to donate a portion of his Milken Award to a scholarship fund for students who are interested in becoming educators. Desi’s leadership has led to reading, writing and math test scores that are above the state average.

In this photo: Having hugged everyone in reach and still holding on to Dr. Jane Foley (IN '94), a humbled, grateful Desi Nesmith waves to a crowd still on its feet in ovation. Behind him, Milken Educator Stephen Rocketto (CT '92) helps hoist the Milken Family Foundation check with Desi's name on it.

In this photo:  Desi Nesmith (CT '14)

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  • Anthony Petrelis Jane Foley Mitchell Chester and VIPs
  • Erin Quinlan cheered by students
  • Desi Nesmith with Jane Foley and applause
  • Jessica Karll gets high fives from students
  • Angie Sigmon June Atkinson Jane Foley
  • LeeAnna Rabine hugs Dr Jane Foley
  • Josie Iglieski reaction
  • Angela Harvala with daughter Aubrey
  • Karen Krantz phones husband
  • Jenna White gets applause
  • Roseann Maurantonio surrounded by media
  • Melonee Ginn with Gary Stark and Mick Zais
  • Nicole Castile hugs students
  • Jessica Tsoufiou with MEA envelope
  • Michael Baum teaching math to students
  • Ernie Adkins reaction
  • Tracy Espiritu with Mary Pat Christie
  • Julie Cleave reaction
  • Michelle Johnson applauded
  • Nardi Routten with Jane Foley in class
  • Krystle Bryant gets high fives
  • Cagney Weaver with VIPs
  • Allyson Vitato reaction
  • Shannon Ryan with Hanna Skandera Jane Foley Tom Ryan and daughter
  • Laurie Davies speaks to media
  • Kelly Wilber surprised reaction
  • Maggie Hawk Mike Milken Lori Milken VIPs with check
  • Samatha Morgan and Lowell Milken
  • Amy Stanislowski demonstrates teaching
  • Carrie Harper accepts award from Lowell Milken
  • Jana Fukada calls mom
  • Carman McBride Gary Stark
  • Lindsey Parker reaction
  • Angie Wytovich Mike Milken call husband
  • Lowell Milken braces Shalini Sharma
  • Ana Gutierrez Lowell Milken Patricia Tate
  • Brandon Sportel Lowell Milken

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