Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award WinnersPhoto 32 of 37
Gina Benz (SD '15) | English teacher, Roosevelt High School | Sioux Falls, SD
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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