Our 2016-17 Milken Educators

Photo 27 of 33 Pennsylvania - Jayda Pugliese

Jayda Pugliese (PA '16) | Fifth-grade science and math teacher, Andrew Jackson School | Philadelphia, PA

Date of Award: October 5, 2016

When Jayda Pugliese accepted the first Milken Educator Award of our 30th anniversary season, she had something important to say to students about the power of education. "You can change your life," she told them. "You can change everything that your family may or may not provide for you." A South Philly native who grew up just blocks from the school where she now teaches, Pugliese is the first in her family to graduate from high school and college. What will she do with her $25,000 Award? Pugliese plans to use the money to finish her doctoral degree.

More about Jayda: Bio | Photos | Video | Spotlight interview

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