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Award Notification:  Lukas Hefty (FL '16)

Featured in this video:  Lukas Hefty (FL '16)
St. Petersburg, FL   |    Jan 12, 2017
Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School

Florida STEM Teacher Lukas Hefty Is a Milken Educator

Dignitaries have descended upon Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary School, a STEM-focused magnet school in St. Petersburg, Florida, to celebrate the school's STEM conference for students, including Florida Department of Education Deputy Chancellor of Educator Quality Dr. Brian Dassler and Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego. But they've got an unexpected guest in the wings: Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, who surprises Lukas Hefty, the school's math and science magnet coordinator, with Florida's 2016-17 Award and a check for $25,000! Watch as the routine assembly turns into a moment Hefty will remember forever.

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  • Congrats brother. You deserve all of it. And everything that is to come.

    Posted by Zachary Hefty, 19/01/2017 4:30pm (5 years ago)

  • What a wonderful honor to one of Florida's very own -- Lukas Hefty. Thanks to Mr. Milken and his foundation for energizing the country about the value of every student, every day and how educators play a vital role in shaping the future.
    “Education is at the heart of nearly everything we value as individuals, as citizens and as productive human beings.” — Lowell Milken

    Posted by gretchen brantley, 13/01/2017 7:18am (5 years ago)

  • Lukas' Mom & I have always been so very Proud of Lukas as he has been an exceptional son and we are now overflowing with Love, Pride and Happiness for him and his Family. We want to "Thank You" folks at the Milken Foundation for recognizing Lukas for the total person he is. Lukas has a wife, sister and mother who have dedicated their Careers to service as Teachers. When the Colleges tried to talk him into being an Engineer or Mathematician, he explained that he was meant to Teach. Knowing that Lukas's intends to earn his Doctorate in Mathematical Curriculum, this Award allows him some additional, measurable credentials. He is a Blessing to all that get to know him.

    Posted by Wayne L. Hefty, 12/01/2017 5:40pm (5 years ago)

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