2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 38 of 44 Tennessee Paula Franklin


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."


All photos should be credited to "Milken Family Foundation" unless otherwise noted.

Press version: Right-click here and select "Save Target As..." (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As..." (Firefox) to download AP-spec or best-available photo.

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