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Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award Winners

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Gina Benz (SD '15) | English teacher, Roosevelt High School | Sioux Falls, SD

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Date of Award: October 20, 2015

Gina Benz teaches AP Language and Composition as well as Foundations of Language and Composition, a class for struggling learners that includes ELL and special education students. She is known for getting results from her students, whether they be high-achievers or reluctant learners. Raised in a rural area of South Dakota with few academic opportunities, Benz followed in her family's footsteps: Her grandmother taught in a one-room schoolhouse on the South Dakota prairie. An impressive 76% of Benz's AP English students earn passing grades on the AP exam.


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