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Port Allen's Jessica Major Named Louisiana Milken Educator

Port Allen Middle School  |  Port Allen, LA  |  Oct 28, 2015

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Jessica Major with Port Allen students

Milken Educator Award winner Jessica Major celebrates with students at Port Allen Middle School after her surprise notification ceremony. In 2009, two years before Major arrived, the school was on the Louisiana Department of Education’s Academic Watch list for low achievement. Major joined the school as a master teacher after Port Allen Middle School adopted TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, an initiative of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). The TAP System creates an environment of increased teacher leadership, ongoing professional development, educator observation, sharing and feedback, and competitive compensation. As a result of Major and her team’s work, by 2013, disciplinary actions were down to 200, while test scores had jumped by almost 22 points—the highest ever in the school’s history.

In this series:  Jessica Major (LA '15) In this photo:  Jessica Major (LA '15)

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  • Jessica Major Port Allen robotics team
  • Port Allen students wait patiently
  • Principal Brandon Fontenot Sr
  • Superintendent Wes Watts
  • LA Superintendent John White
  • Lowell Milken talks to Port Allen students
  • Port Allen students spell 25K award
  • Port Allen students anticipate winner
  • Jessica Major reaction
  • Jessica Major reaction 2
  • Lowell Milken congratulates Jessica Major
  • Jessica Major addresses assembly
  • Jessica Major hugs Port Allen student
  • Jessica Major with Port Allen students
  • Jessica Major Milken Award check
  • Jessica Major gets emotional
  • Bonnie Somers and Joni Lacy

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