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Surprise, Principal Timothy Thomas: You’re an AZ Milken Educator!

Rogers Ranch School  |  Laveen, AZ  |  Feb 15, 2017

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Timothy Thomas listens to applause

Principal Timothy Thomas listens to the long, loud ovation from students, staff and guests as he absorbs the big news: Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, has just surprised Thomas with Arizona's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and an oversized check for $25,000. Thomas has earned a well-deserved reputation as a "turnaround" expert. When he took over as principal at Rogers Ranch in 2013, the school was facing serious challenges: low student achievement, high staff turnover, discipline issues, facilities in disrepair and unhappy parents. One year later the K-8 STEM school had gone from a D to a high B in Arizona’s school grading system. 

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  • Timothy Thomas with students before assembly
  • Lowell Milken Rogers Ranch before assembly 2
  • Principal Tim Thomas opens assembly
  • Tim Thomas Rogers Ranch pledge of allegiance
  • Laveen district superintendent Bill Johnson Rogers Ranch
  • Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas Rogers Ranch
  • Lowell Milken Rogers Ranch assembly
  • Rogers Ranch students hands up
  • Lowell Milken Rogers Ranch student excellence
  • Lowell Milken Rogers Ranch student leader
  • Rogers Ranch students spell 25000
  • Timothy Thomas reaction
  • Timothy Thomas listens to applause
  • Timothy Thomas check with veteran Milken Educators
  • Timothy Thomas acceptance speech
  • Timothy Thomas veteran Milken Educators
  • Diane Douglas congratulates Timothy Thomas Rogers Ranch
  • Rogers Ranch student congratulates Timothy Thomas
  • Lowell Milken visits with AZ veteran Milken Educators
  • Timothy Thomas media 2
  • Timothy Thomas Lowell Milken tour Rogers Ranch
  • Timothy Thomas phones wife

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