2017-18 Milken EducatorsPhoto 13 of 44
Math teacher Kristen Lents, who won Indiana's 2017-18 Milken Educator Award on January 23, 2018, at Harris Academy in Brownsburg, has a knack for connecting with even the most math-phobic students. Harris Academy is a non-traditional high school whose students face academic and life challenges, including teen parents, students with health issues, those who have to work to support themselves, and reluctant learners with credit deficits. Kristen makes math instruction relevant with projects like spreadsheet-based comparisons of cell phone plans that use Algebra I standards like equations and graphing. She holds students to the highest standards despite the reality that many will not go on to college, and they deliver for her: 98% of her students earned their math credits last year.
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