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Meet the 2014–15 Milken Educator Award Winners

Nationwide│Apr 20, 2015

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Shannon Ryan with Hanna Skandera Jane Foley Tom Ryan and daughter

Shannon Ryan (NM '14) │Teacher, Lavaland Elementary School │Albuquerque, NM

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Date of Award: Jan. 22, 2015

There's a reason why fifth-grade teacher Shannon Ryan has been dubbed “Wonder Woman” by her colleagues at Lavaland. In a school marked by an extremely high poverty rate, she requests the most challenged students and instills a belief in their capacity to achieve. Her efforts are paying off with growth in math, reading and writing that is the highest in the school.

In this photo: Of the many VIPs in attendance, two are particularly proud today: Milken Educator Tom Ryan, Shannon's father and role model; and Morgan Ryan, the owl-capped Lavaland student who will never forget the day her mom was honored for helping hundreds of students reach their potential.

Pictured, from left: Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley; Shannon Ryan (NM '14), Thomas Ryan (NM '99); New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera; and Lavaland Elementary student Morgan Ryan.

In this photo:  Dr. Jane Foley (IN '94)Shannon Ryan (NM '14)Thomas Ryan (NM '99)

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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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