2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 25 of 36 NJ Shaina Brenner

Elms Elementary School | Jackson, NJ

"When I woke up this morning, I definitely didn't anticipate this!" Shaina Brenner, a second grade teacher at Elms Elementary in Jackson, was absolutely shocked when we presented her with New Jersey's Milken Educator Award and $25,000 this morning. Still overwhelmed with emotion, Shaina thanked her district and building colleagues for supporting all her "crazy ideas," then turned her attention to the students. "You are the reason why I get up every morning," she told them. "When I'm bursting with sunshine and excited to come to work, it's because of all of you."

After the assembly, Shaina told us that she credits her mom and her fourth grade teacher Mrs. Nash for giving her a voice and inspiring her to teach. "I think you know when you want to be a teacher," she said. "I wake up passionate every morning about the change I'm going to make with my students, and ultimately on the world. That's why I teach, to have that impact."


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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
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