2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 12 of 36 LA Dereka Duncan

Fifth grade science teacher, Cohn Elementary School | Port Allen, LA

Students and colleagues exploded with cheers and applause on January 24, 2023 when Lowell Milken named Dereka Duncan a Louisiana Milken Educator and unrolled a giant $25,000 check bearing her name. Dereka is a fifth grade science teacher at Cohn Elementary in West Baton Rouge Schools, and she's a true hometown hero, teaching in the same school she once attended. Her coworkers include some of her own elementary teachers and her sister Tereka, a Cohn paraprofessional. "I teach because I want to make a difference in my community," she told us. "The best is yet to come for Port Allen. If education makes a difference here, all other things can change, too."


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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