Our 2016-17 Milken EducatorsPhoto 12 of 33
Kelly Sutcliffe (HI '16) | Fourth-grade teacher, Jefferson Elementary | Honolulu, HI
Date of Award: February 2, 2017
Kelly Sutcliffe has taught almost every grade level at Jefferson Elementary. "Jefferson has been my family, my ohana," she said at her notification. "Teachers have a lot of different responsibilities, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what else I have on my plate. My students come first." Kelly helps her students tackle real-world problem-solving; they have built air-conditioning units out of styrofoam coolers and PVC piping, cultivated a worm farm, and examined petroglyphs on the Big Island. "I know I'm succeeding as an educator when my students don't want to leave at the end of the day," she says.
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