2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 25 of 44 Nebraska Jon Pickinpaugh


A massive winter storm in Nebraska didn't stop the Milken Educator Awards team from showing up at South Sioux City Middle School on January 11, 2018, to welcome eighth-grade science teacher Jon Pickinpaugh to the family. Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley helped us deliver the surprise of a lifetime to Jon, who walked through a huge crowd of cheering students as he made his way to the front of the room. "Normally I don't like to be surprised—but this was a great one," he told the assembly. The beloved educator, who in addition to his classroom duties also coaches football and wrestling, got a long, enthusiastic ovation from students, many of whom see him as a father figure. Jon is Nebraska's 40th Milken Educator.


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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