2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 35 of 44 Rhode Island Lauren Hopkins


"The Milken Educator Award goes to...LAUREN HOPKINS!" When Dr. Jane Foley made that announcement on October 26, 2017, at Coventry High School in Rhode Island, the gym instantly erupted in deafening applause and cheers. Lauren Hopkins was so shocked that Jane repeated Lauren's name into the microphone as Principal Michael Hobin guided the trembling teacher toward the podium. The magnitude of the announcement really hit when Alison Kasbarian, Coventry's dean of students and Lauren's sister, ran down from the bleachers to envelop Rhode Island's newest Milken Educator in a huge congratulatory hug. Toward the end of the assembly, Lauren's phone rang: It was her dad, calling to congratulate her!


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