Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award WinnersPhoto 3 of 37
Nicki Derryberry (AZ '15) │STEM coordinator and biotechnology teacher, Red Mountain High School │Mesa, AZ
Date of Award: November 16, 2015
Nicki Derryberry operates her classroom like a company; students work in groups at stations and are responsible for their own equipment and materials. After her first year at Mesa, all of her students passed the Career and Technical Bioscience state exam, scoring higher than any other school in the district and 15% higher than students the previous year. More than 95% of her students passed the AIMS science assessment, with 62% exceeding the standard. After Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken surprised her with the Milken Educator Award, Derryberry dedicated it to her students: "You will change the world," she told them at the schoolwide assembly.
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