2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 16 of 36 ME Sarah Collins

Fourth grade teacher, Patricia A. Duran School | Hermon, ME

On November 1, 2022, STEM star Sarah Collins got the surprise of a lifetime — Maine's 2022-23 Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 cash prize she can use however she chooses! Sarah teaches fourth grade science and math at Patricia A. Duran School in Hermon, near Bangor, and she was completely shocked when MEA Vice President Stephanie Bishop called her name.

What makes Sarah an outstanding educator? Well, she secured a Maine Environmental Education Grant to develop an outdoor classroom and garden “lab” where children learn about soil quality and plant growth. Technology helps her expand students’ experiences beyond the classroom. Her young scientists have learned from a wildlife ecologist studying coyote behavior in South Carolina, a Hawaiian volcanologist, and a scientist from a local university as she performed experiments in Antarctica!


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CT Elaine Hill
HI Esther Kwon
ID Anna Attebury
IN Angela Fowler
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KS Kristine Becker
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ME Sarah Collins
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