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One of the best parts of our surprise Milken Educator Award notifications is seeing the students' reaction as their teacher is honored. At West High School in Knoxville on November 16, 2017, students and staff absolutely raised the roof with their cheers for government teacher Paula Franklin when she joined Tennessee's Milken Educator family. The love clearly goes both ways. When Paula got to the microphone to accept the Award, she credited her students and colleagues. "I love you so much, and it makes me happy every day," she told them. "I'm so thankful and blessed to get to work with the best teachers every day."
One teacher in Paula's department was extra-excited for his colleague: Lou Gallo, one of Paula's mentors, who won the Award himself in 2003. Lou's comments brought (more) tears to Paula's eyes: "The Award has given me tremendous opportunities in my life, and I can't think of a better person [for it] that I'm more proud of than Paula Franklin."
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