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Brandon Sportel (CA '14) Nationwide│

Brandon Sportel (CA '14) │Teacher, Canalino Elementary School │Carpinteria, CA

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Date of Award: Apr. 08, 2015

Each one of Special education teacher Brandon Sportel’s students has a physical, mental and/or behavioral disability, but he believes in every student’s ability to learn, regardless of their challenges. Brandon is known for going above and beyond to help his students succeed and is seen as a leader at his school and across the district when it comes to strategies for special and regular education students.

In this photo: As students, faculty and special guests applaud, Brandon accepts the Milken Educator Award from Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken.

Pictured from left: Carpinteria Unified School District Interim Superintendent Jeff Chancer, Carpinteria Unified School Board President Andy Sheaffer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken and Brandon Sportel (CA '14).


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