2022-23 Milken Educators

Photo 33 of 36 TX Diana Lopez

Third grade teacher, BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center | San Antonio, TX

Third grade teacher Diana Lopez came to work on February 10, 2023, with no idea that the assembly at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center would change her life. When we called Diana's name as the recipient of a $25,000 Texas Milken Educator Award, "it was a complete out-of-body experience," she says. Fighting back tears, Diana made her way to the front of the room: "All I could hear were the students chanting my name. LO-PEZ! LO-PEZ!"

Helping students grow is Diana's number one priority and reward: "When I see my students achieve, I truly feel like I'm making a difference." She appreciates the public recognition of the Milken Award. "This is the kind of thing that keeps teachers in the classroom," she says. "When you're surrounded by children all day, there aren't a lot of adults coming up to you and saying 'Great job!' "


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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