2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 9 of 44 Delaware Tami Lunsford


On October 25, 2017, the Milken Educator Awards made history in Delaware when Mike Milken surprised science teacher Tami Lunsford with the state's first-ever Award at Newark Charter High School. Tami's students earn among the highest AP Biology scores in the state, but more importantly, they leave her classes with increased confidence and a true love of science. Many who started with her as freshmen have headed to college as science majors because of her influence. Flanked by colleagues and visiting dignitaries, Tami had tears in her eyes as she accepted her Award. "I adore this school," she said to her students. "I adore every one of you. It is such a true joy to be able to teach you every day." After the assembly, with Mike Milken looking on, Tami called her mother, a retired educator, to share the good news.


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Alaska Valerie Baalerud
Alabama Vinny Chiaramonte
Arkansas Dawn McLain
Arizona Jonathan Cadena
California Aaron Ferguson
California Alexis King
Colorado Lisa Rodgers
Connecticut Anna Capobianco
Delaware Tami Lunsford
Florida Dale Adamson
Hawaii Ken Kang
Iowa Joni Readout
Indiana Kristen Lents
Kansas Heidi Albin
Kentucky Brooke Powers
Louisiana Angela Boxie
Louisiana Theresa Cross
Massachusetts Dan Adler
Maryland Allison Felton
Michigan Neal Cronkite
Missouri Jordan McGaughey
MS Robyn Killebrew
North Carolina Meghan LeFevers
North Dakota Adam Gehlhar
Nebraska Jon Pickinpaugh
New Jersey Maria DeBruin
New Jersey Toni Ann Palmisano
New Mexico Melanie Alfaro
New York Aja Brown
New York Andrew Franz
Ohio Maria Rodgers
Oklahoma Debreon Davis
Oregon Andria Lindsey
Pennsylvania Melanie Cole
Rhode Island Lauren Hopkins
South Carolina Erin Reichert
South Dakota Carla Diede
Tennessee Paula Franklin
Tennessee Katherine Watkins
Texas Jennifer Fuller
Texas Katie Negen
Virginia Ryan James
West Virginia Erika Klose
Wyoming Shannon Hill