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Ryan Lafferty Is Washington State's 2015-16 Milken Educator Award Recipient

Ryan Lafferty (WA '15)   |   International School  |  Bellevue, WA  |  Jan 07, 2016

Why are Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and other special guests joining the morning assembly at Bellevue's International School? The discussion of global citizenship and international education gives way to a career-changing surprise for physics teacher Ryan Lafferty when Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, names him the recipient of Washington state's 2015-16 Award and $25,000. Follow the day's exciting events in our photo gallery.

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  • International School jazz band
  • International School choir
  • Bellevue superintendent Tim Mills
  • Washington Superintendent Randy Dorn
  • International School Jane Foley
  • International School students suspense builds
  • Students spell 25000
  • International school students react 2
  • International school students react
  • Ryan lafferty reaction
  • Ryan Lafferty goes to front
  • Ryan Lafferty accepts award
  • Jane Foley gives Lafferty award
  • Ryan Lafferty emotional
  • Washington Superintendent Randy Dorn congratulations
  • Check shot with dignitaries
  • Check shot with local district
  • International School vets
  • International School principal Jennifer Rose
  • Group hugs with students
  • Ryan Lafferty talks with students
  • Ryan Lafferty media
  • Ryan Lafferty phones home
  • Ryan Lafferty classroom

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  • Congratulations on this honor and welcome to the Milken Family!

    Posted by Cheryl D. Watkins (IL '08), 07/02/2016 5:18pm (6 years ago)

  • I knew back when!!!

    Posted by Jennifer Carlson mcmahon, 16/01/2016 3:58pm (6 years ago)

  • So very excited to see this broadcast on King 5...congratulations ! You're such incredible humble young man!

    Posted by Jennifer Carlson mcmahon, 07/01/2016 6:58pm (6 years ago)

  • Congratulations, that is phenomenal. Not surprised and blown away happy for you. Should more students get the benefit of a teacher who cares, engages, and inspires like you.

    Posted by Liz Lafferty, 07/01/2016 5:27pm (6 years ago)

  • I am so proud of my nephew! Tears are running down my face! Should have worn the water proof mascara. Who knew? Congratulations sweet Ryan!

    Posted by Aunt Mary, 07/01/2016 3:37pm (6 years ago)

  • Ryan is a fabulous physics teacher! Both of my daughters were in his AP Physics 1 &2 class. Congrats to Ryan and IS!

    Posted by Dhara Trivedi, 07/01/2016 11:38am (6 years ago)

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