2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 11 of 36 KS Kristine Becker

Fourth grade teacher, Logan Elementary School | Topeka, KS

The Logan Lions couldn't contain their joy when we presented fourth grade teacher Kristine Becker with Kansas' 2022-23 Milken Educator Award and $25,000. Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson joined us on January 18, 2023 for Kristine's special surprise, along with students, staff, media, and more than a dozen veteran Milken Educators.

Kristine is a master of classroom transformations, creating immersive environments where students have so much fun they hardly realize they’re learning. She's held mock elections to mirror the national presidential vote, built a fake campfire in the middle of her classroom-turned-campsite for science experiments, and created a spy headquarters with black lights and glow-in-the-dark accessories. Kristine's dedication delivers: From 2019 to 2021, the school’s fourth grade student proficiency nearly doubled in ELA and more than doubled in math.

Like many Milken Educators, Kristine says she's always wanted to teach. "I dreamed of being able to impact others' lives and build relationships with students for lifelong learning," she told us after her surprise Milken Award notification. And here's a fun fact: Veteran Milken Educator Brad Nicks (KS '09) taught Kristine in high school (she even babysat his son). Brad now counts three former students who have joined Kansas' Milken Educator Network — Kristine, plus Ryan Pfeifer (KS '21) and Carly Bowden (KS '19)!


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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