Meet the 2015-16 Milken Educator Award Winners

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Lauren Jensen (NY '15) │English teacher, Glen Cove High School │Glen Cove, NY

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Date of Award: November 4, 2015

Lauren Jensen encourages her students to assess their own work and monitor their academic improvements. Students keep track of writing assignments using individual portfolios, which include written feedback from Jensen, peers and themselves. Her students have come to believe that no project or writing piece is truly “finished,” and as a result they are always looking for ways to improve. At the end of the school year, each student revises a self-selected piece to demonstrate his or her growth as a writer. One year her two honors classes had t-shirts made that said, “I survived Ms. Jensen’s class” both a tongue-in-cheek commentary on their year and a source of pride. Several of Jensen's students have gone on to become teachers and journalists, citing her influence.

Pictured, an elated Lauren Jensen (NY '15) addresses the assembly after accepting her Milken Educator Award as Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder Mike Milken looks on. 

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Nicki Derryberry (AZ '15)
Matthew Harvey (CA '15)
Nick Williams (CA '15)
Ryan Moore (CO '15)
Peter Arseneault (CT '15)
Jessica Cunningham (DC '15)
Michael Sana (HI '15)
Melody Coryell (IN '15)
William Smithyman (KS '15)
Jessica Major (LA '15)
John Lary (LA '15)
Chandler Smith (LA '15)
Michelle Ryan (MA '15)
Angela Malone (MD '15)
Michaela Lamarre (ME '15)
Kevin Tobe (MI '15)
Deborah Siebern-Dennis (MO '15)
Rhonda Burrage (MS '15)
Eric Patin (NC '15)
Courtney Matulka (NE '15)
Allison Cuttler (NJ '15)
Kimberly Moreno (NJ '15)
Colin DeGroot (NM '15)
Lauren Jensen (NY '15)
Ricardo Larios (OR '15)
Anthony Angelini (PA '15)
Kendra Borden (RI '15)
Lindsey Bibler (SC '15)
Kimberly Freeman (SC '15)
Gina Benz (SD '15)
Misty Ayres-Miranda (TN '15)
Laura Servin (TX '15)
Amber Dortch (VA '15)
Lauren Wilson (VA '15)
Ryan Lafferty (WA '15)