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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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