Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award Winners


The Milken Educator Awards team has criss-crossed the U.S this year to celebrate the country's outstanding educators. We surprised 37 incredible teachers and principals with national recognition and $25,000 checks in front of students, colleagues, community leaders and news cameras.

In this gallery you'll learn more about our newest Milken Educators and share the excitement of their unexpected schoolwide notifications by Milken Family Foundation Co-Founders Lowell Milken and Mike Milken, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley (IN '94) and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching CEO Dr. Gary Stark (AR ’01).

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01 Melody Tucker AL
02 Brittany Matsushino AZ
03 Nicki Derryberry AZ
04 Matt Harvey CA
05 Nick Williams CA
06 Ryan Moore CO
07 Peter Arseneault CT
08 Jessica Cunningham DC
09 Michael Sana HI
10 Melody Coryell IN
11 Bill Smithyman KS
12 Jessica Major LA
13 John Lary LA
14 Chandler Smith LA
15 Michelle Ryan MA
16 Angela Malone MD
17 Michaela Lamarre ME
18 Kevin Tobe MI
19 Deborah Siebern Dennis MO
20 Rhonda Burrage MS
21 Eric Patin NC
22 Courtney Matulka NE
23 Allison Cuttler NJ
24 Kimberly Moreno NJ
25 Colin DeGroot NM
26 Lauren Jensen NY
27 Ricardo Larios OR
28 Anthony Angelini PA
29 Kendra Borden RI
30 Lindsey Bibler SC
31 Kimberly Freeman SC
32 Gina Benz SD
33 Misty Ayres TN
34 Laura Servin TX
35 Amber Dortch VA
36 Lauren Wilson VA
37 Ryan Lafferty WA