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Vanessa Torres Wins SC Milken Award

Vanessa Torres (SC '16)   |   Nursery Road Elementary School  |  Columbia, SC  |  Dec 06, 2016

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is making a special visit to Nursery Road Elementary School in Columbia, along with Dr. Stephen W. Hefner, superintendent of Lexington-Richland School District Five. The all-school assembly seems routine ... until Spearman introduces Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, who surprises Spanish teacher Vanessa Torres with South Carolina's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and a huge check for $25,000. Follow along as Torres joins the Milken Educator family, making this a day she will remember for the rest of her career.

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  • Nursery Road drum circle
  • Nursery Road principal Love Ligons
  • Nursery Road pledge of allegiance
  • Nursery Road student performance
  • Nursery Road district superintendent Stephen Hefner
  • Nursery Road Molly Spearman state superintendent
  • Nursery Road Jane Foley
  • Jane Foley with Nursery Road student
  • Nursery Road students excited
  • Nursery Road students spell out 25000
  • Vanessa Torres reaction
  • Vanessa Torres disbelieving
  • Molly Spearman congratulates Vanessa Torres
  • Vanessa Torres acceptance speech
  • Vanessa Torres check
  • Vanessa Torres vets
  • Vanessa Torres calls husband
  • Vanessa Torres celebrates with students
  • Vanessa Torres classroom maracas
  • Vanessa Torres classroom
  • Vanessa Torres portrait

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  • Congratulations to a well-deserving recipient! You bring sunshine wherever you go and it's so wonderful to have some shining back on you.

    Posted by Miriam Hardy-Koverman, 09/12/2016 9:56am (6 years ago)

  • Felicitaciones Vanessa!!!

    Posted by Emily Mack, 06/12/2016 11:03am (6 years ago)

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