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A Message from Oprah

Mar 01, 2022

A Message for Milken Educators from Oprah

Oprah Winfrey has a special message for the outstanding educators receiving the $25,000 Milken Educator Award this year: “You are creating positive ripples in the lives of your students that will continue to impact them in ways you may never know.”

Oprah is part of our Milken Award history. Back in 1996, Oprah and her live TV audience joined Lowell Milken to present the 1,000th Award in Chicago. Her inspirational message of gratitude and celebration is especially meaningful at such a challenging time for the profession. Says Lowell: “As we celebrate our foundation’s 40th anniversary and are approaching the 3,000th Award recipient, we are honored that Oprah values the exceptional principals and teachers who comprise the Milken Educators and encourages them to continue their life-changing work.”

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  • Thank you Oprah, your message means a lot to all of us and from you birth place of Mississippi we are so very proud of you . I was blessed to be a winner in 1999 along with 3 other special educators in MS. Thanks to the Milken Family Foundation for changing lives and enhancing careers in Education! Congrats to this years winners!

    Posted by Jerry J. Morgan, PhD. (MS '99), 17/03/2022 11:10am (12 months ago)

  • Thank you, Oprah, for recognizing the outstanding work and selfless sacrifice that teachers make day in and day out. I have been blessed over and over again because of this 1994 honor by the Milken Family Foundation and loved my years as a teacher. Congratulations to all of this year's (and past) Milken Educators!

    Pam Burish ('94 Tennessee)

    Posted by Pamela Jean Burish (TN '94), 03/03/2022 5:17am (13 months ago)

  • THANK YOU OPRAH!! During these times it's refreshing to hear what we all in the trenches already know TEACHERS are the LIGHT in this world!! To all of our new recipients.. WELCOME to the MILKEN family!

    Posted by Yanaiza Gallant (RI '12), 02/03/2022 7:40am (13 months ago)

  • My heart! Thank you, Oprah. All of us, The Milken Educators, are so appreciative for your recognition as we strive daily to make a difference in the lives of children. Even in retirement, our ripples will hopefully continue onward to distant shores. We hope the light you have focused on us will be reflected onto our most deserving colleagues. Thank you!

    Cathy Durrance Blair (Florida ‘98)

    Posted by Cathy Durrance Blair, 01/03/2022 3:50pm (13 months ago)

  • Since I’ve had many years of being a MilkenEducator since 1994, I am still so grateful and proud of how the award is effectively showing our country that teachers CAN DO!
    My retirement has meant I have even more options to support children & their families to stand strong. Thank you so very much.

    Posted by Robin Lindsley (OR '94), 01/03/2022 9:13am (13 months ago)

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