Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 4 of 33 Arizona - Timothy Thomas

Timothy Thomas (AZ '16) | Principal, Rogers Ranch School | Phoenix, AZ

Date of Award: February 15, 2017

"Do you know how difficult it is to keep a secret from a principal?" That's the first question Lowell Milken asked Principal Timothy Thomas at his surprise notification at Rogers Ranch School. Tim, who was entirely shocked and moved to tears when Lowell called his name as Arizona's 2016-17 Milken Educator Award recipient, had no idea that he had essentially planned his own surprise party. After the assembly Tim called his wife, a second-grade teacher at a nearby school, to share the good news. Lowell took the phone to tell her about the $25,000 cash prize, which Tim can use however he chooses: "We know you make sacrifices when you go into education."

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Alaska - Paul Campbell
Alabama - Amara Alexander
Arkansas - Kara Davis
Arizona - Timothy Thomas
California - Katherine Shaw
California - Jessica Villanueva
Colorado - Felicia Casto
Colorado - Jennie Schmaltz
Connecticut - Manuel Zaldivar
Florida - Lukas Hefty
Georgia - Eric Crouch
Hawaii - Kelly Sutcliffe
Hawaii - Masaru Uchino
Indiana - Traci Druschke
Indiana - Aimee Schade
Kansas - Stephanie Conklin
Louisiana - Catherine Randall
Louisiana - Devon Willis-Jones
Maryland - Thomas Dennison
Mississippi - Allison Ruhl
North Carolina - Amanda Robertson
New Jersey - Lindsay Frevert
New Mexico - Melissa Kovac
Ohio - Tiffany Tynes Curry
Oklahoma - Amanda Raupe
Oregon - Lisa Richard
Pennsylvania - Jayda Pugliese
Rhode Island - Emily Caldarelli
South Carolina - Vanessa Torres
South Dakota - Amanda Christensen
Tennessee - Katelyn Baker
Texas - Amber Simpson
Virginia - Lindsay Murray