Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 14 of 33 Indiana - Traci Druschke

Traci Druschke (IN '16) | Third-grade teacher, Oak Hill Elementary School | Evansville, IN

Date of Award: February 16, 2017

Known as an expert in collecting data and using it to drive student growth, Traci Druschke constantly assesses her students to make sure they have mastered the standards; if not, she works with them in small groups until they succeed. She helps each student set and conquer individualized learning goals. The school's third-graders perform above state averages in both math and English Language Arts; on the 2016 Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD) assessments, virtually all of Traci's students scored above average proficiency.

At Traci's surprise notification, her daughter Blake, a kindergartener at the school, was so excited for her mom that she rushed the podium and grabbed Traci for a huge hug just as veteran Milken Educators Chris Kates (IN '08) and Cathlin Gray (IN '98) unfurled the oversized check bearing Traci's name. Later, a reporter asked little Blake what she thought her mom might do with the money. "Starbucks," replied Blake, not missing a beat. Traci must be a big coffee fan, because her students told another TV station the same thing! 

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