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Silvia Miranda Named 2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

June 01, 2019

FORT SCOTT, KS – The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, an international educational non-profit, has awarded its prestigious Fellowship to fourth grade teacher, Silvia Miranda, of Mesa Elementary in Clovis, NM. Silvia Miranda will arrive in Fort Scott on June 16th for a week of collaboration with LMC staff.

The LMC Fellowship is awarded on the basis of merit to educators who have distinguished themselves in teaching respect and understanding through project-based learning or who have the potential for this distinction. The Center selects exemplary teachers from across America and Europe, drawn from a variety of disciplines, to collaborate on projects that discover, develop, and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes in history.

Silvia Miranda is the 2018 Milken Educator from New Mexico. She has taught for 11 years and is currently a 4th grade teacher at Mesa Elementary. Silvia has high standards for success for herself and her students, employing Whole Brain strategies, a growth mindset philosophy, interest-based learning, and data-driven instruction in her classroom. As an example, when Silvia and her fourth-grade team realized data showed writing was an area in which students were struggling, she developed a plan based on assessment results. Using the identified deficiencies, Ms. Miranda designed lessons to address those areas, and writing has improved across the fourth grade at Mesa. Consequently, her students consistently outperform school, district and state averages on assessments in reading, writing and math. It is the success of her students, the effort they put into learning, and their joy in doing so that fuel her love of teaching!

Miranda is dedicated to learning about her craft through webinars, cohort meetings, state conferences and extensive reading and research, always sharing relevant findings with her colleagues in Clovis Municipal Schools. Welcoming educational leadership positions, she served as a CMS Teacher Leader for 2018-19, providing professional development, leading data review and analysis, and observing and mentoring peers. She has also been a state ambassador to the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network for two years and now serves on the Secretary’s Teacher Advisory (STA).

LMC Executive Director Norm Conard says, "As a life-long learner seeking to improve her teaching craft, Silvia is an inspiring colleague and an excellent addition to our team of Fellows. Using the best teaching practices available, she has helped her students to both succeed and love learning!"

While in Fort Scott, LMC Fellows gain knowledge, educational resources and ongoing support to enhance their classrooms and help students cultivate a passion for learning by creating projects that initiate positive change. Fellows emerge prepared to develop Unsung Heroes projects with their students as they apply and evaluate the stories of role models who have changed the world throughout history.

To schedule interviews or for more information, please contact: 

Norm Conard
Executive Director
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
1 South Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: (620) 223-1312

2019 Lowell Milken Center Fellow
Name: Silvia Miranda
School: Mesa Elementary
Subject: Fourth Grade Teacher
4801 N. Morris
Clovis, NM 88101
Cell Phone: (575) 693-4723