2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 5 of 36 CO Tiffany Miera

Needham Elementary School | Durango, CO

When Lowell Milken told the assembly at Needham Elementary that one outstanding teacher was about to receive a Milken Educator Award, fifth grade math and science teacher Tiffany Miera started running down a list in her head. "I just kept thinking of everyone on our amazing staff," she told us after her surprise notification. "Anyone here could have gotten this Award." In addition to her dedication to students, Tiffany is a teacher leader at Needham, leading professional development, mentoring new and student teachers, and welcoming district colleagues into her classroom for observations.

Tiffany is a true hometown hero, a Durango native who teaches in the elementary school where she was once a student. "I teach because I love to see the kids grow and learn," she said. "When I see my students achieve, I'm so proud of them, because I know how hard they worked to get there."


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2023 Milken Educator group
AL Bryan Cutter
AZ Megan Brown
AR Emily Howard
CO Tiffany Miera
CT Elaine Hill
HI Esther Kwon
ID Anna Attebury
IN Angela Fowler
IN Brittany Tinkler
KS Kristine Becker
LA Dereka Duncan
KY Charlotte Buskill
LA Corrie Campbell
LA Elise Frederic
ME Sarah Collins
MD Dion Jones
MA Leigh Beson
MS Tyler Shows
MO Vanessa Thomson
NE Lisa Moody
NV Liz Barnum
NV Jason Murray
NV Rejily Soriano
NJ Shaina Brenner
NM Christopher Nunez
NY Caitlin Garvey
NC Jessica Barnette
RI Emily Rendine
SD Abby Turbak
TN Alexa Guynes
TX Jenna Dean
TX Diana Lopez
VA Pamela Stepko
WV Andrea Trio
WY Jessica Kavitz