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Vanessa Thomson Wins MO Milken Award in GladstoneVanessa Thomson (MO '22) | Chapel Hill Elementary School | Gladstone, MO | Jan 19, 2023
Hello, Chapel Hill Elementary! Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven is visiting for an assembly celebrating educators — one very special teacher in particular. When Stephanie Bishop, vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, presents second grade teacher Vanessa Thomson with Missouri's "Oscar of Teaching" and $25,000, no one is more surprised than the recipient herself. Vanessa Thomson is the first ever Milken Award recipient in North Kansas City Schools.