Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 8 of 33
Jennie Schmaltz (CO '16) | Third-grade teacher and instructional coach, Elkhart Elementary School | Aurora, CO
Date of Award: October 26, 2016
When Jennie Schmaltz was walking up to the front of the gym to accept her Milken Educator Award from Lowell Milken, she was pondering what that moment meant for her students. "I started thinking about how important it is for the kids to see what can happen if you work really hard," Jennie told Aurora News Weekly after her surprise notification. She credits her mom, a recently retired teacher, for inspiring her to choose a career in education. A data-driven leader who splits her time between teaching third grade and serving as the school's Teacher Partner, Jennie is credited with boosting both student achievement and teacher retention at Elkhart.
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