Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 31 of 33
Katelyn Baker (TN '16) | Third-grade teacher, Battle Academy | Chattanooga, TN
Date of Award: March 7, 2017
Katelyn (Katie) Baker's surprise notification marked the last of our 30th anniversary season. Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, mentioned during the assembly that we made four attempts to welcome Katie to the family: Our first three attempts were foiled by a snowstorm, a winter virus outbreak, and a tornado warning. We are persistent! After the notification, media gathered around Katie as she called her fiance. His initial reaction when he heard that she had won a national award and $25,000 was absolutely perfect: "WHAT???"
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