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Award Notification:  Manuel Zaldivar (CT '16)

Featured in this video:  Manuel Zaldivar (CT '16)
New Britain, CT   |    Oct 19, 2016
Smalley Academy

Manuel Zaldivar Wins CT Milken Award

The morning assembly at New Britain's Smalley Academy is buzzing: Connecticut Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell and Nancy Sarrais, district superintendent for New Britain, are visiting to recognize the district for its summer learning program. But there's another reason for their visit—and one teacher is about to get a career-changing surprise. When Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, names first-grade teacher Manuel Zaldivar the recipient of Connecticut's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000, the day becomes one Zaldivar will remember forever. Relive Zaldivar's big moment in the video above.

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  • You deserve it! 1st grade teachers rock! My master teacher was a 2nd grade teacher and we worked closely with the 1st grade teaching staff, so I recognize GREATNESS. You are AWESOME! KUDOS!

    Posted by Marquetta Nolen , M. Ed., 09/12/2016 5:31pm (6 years ago)

  • Congratulations Manny. How wonderful it is to have a colleague from New Britain win this prestigious award. Thank you for your belief in our students. May God continue to strengthen you. God bless.

    Posted by Rachel Young, 20/10/2016 5:41am (6 years ago)

  • Eres el Mejor.DIOS te Siga Bendiciendo..gordito lindo.

    Posted by Karen ojeda , 19/10/2016 9:59pm (6 years ago)

  • Nuestro orgullo catracho..eso solo es un reconocimiento a un gran hijo hermano y amigo... mi orgullo...conocerlo..felicidades campeón...

    Posted by ada Puerto, 19/10/2016 9:32pm (6 years ago)

  • Manuel congratulations am extremely proud of you, you deserve it because you love your profesion and work with passion. Orgullo Latino mi Manny

    Posted by Wilmadelin Montilla , 19/10/2016 7:18pm (6 years ago)

  • I am very proud to have Mr. Manuel Zaldivar as my best friend. He is a wonderful human being in all means. Well deserved award. May God bless him.

    Posted by sonia lugo, 19/10/2016 4:10pm (6 years ago)

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