Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award WinnersPhoto 2 of 37
Brittany Matsushino (AZ '15) │English teacher, Cienega High School │Vail, AZ
Date of Award: November 16, 2015
English teacher Brittany Matsushino prepares her 10th-grade students thoroughly for the complex work they encounter after they leave her classroom. Eighty-nine percent of Matsushino's students passed their state AIMS reading tests in 2014, compared with the state average of 28%. Her students excel in writing as well, with 76% passing for writing, compared with the state average of 39%. "You are the reason I became an educator," she told the students at her surprise notification, where Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken (above right) presented her award. Matsushino also thanked the students for their role in her personal life: Cienega High School is where she met her husband Jim, the school's band director.
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