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2017-18 Milken Educators

Photo 43 of 44 West Virginia Erika Klose

ERIKA KLOSE (WV '17)

On October 30, 2017, West Virginia gained a new Milken Educator—and she's a rock star, in the most literal sense of the word. Meet science educator Erika Klose, who worked as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole (MA) before entering the classroom. Erika says her goal is to inspire students to pursue STEM careers, just like the one she fell in love with.

Erika's assembly was a star-studded affair, with West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine (a 1995 Milken Educator), and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito in attendance. Senator Capito told students that her high school government teacher influenced her to choose a career in politics and government: "I know the students here are going to be inspired to go into science because of Ms. Klose." 

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