Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 4 of 33
Timothy Thomas (AZ '16) | Principal, Rogers Ranch School | Phoenix, AZ
Date of Award: February 15, 2017
"Do you know how difficult it is to keep a secret from a principal?" That's the first question Lowell Milken asked Principal Timothy Thomas at his surprise notification at Rogers Ranch School. Tim, who was entirely shocked and moved to tears when Lowell called his name as Arizona's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award recipient, had no idea that he had essentially planned his own surprise party. After the assembly Tim called his wife, a second-grade teacher at a nearby school, to share the good news. Lowell took the phone to tell her about the $25,000 cash prize, which Tim can use however he chooses: "We know you make sacrifices when you go into education."
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