Milken Family Foundation Criteria for Selection

Based on guidelines established by the Foundation, participating states’ departments of education appoint blue-ribbon committees that recommend candidates for selection. Identification and selection procedures are confidential, and the program does not include a formal nomination or application procedure.

The criteria for the selection of outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals as Milken Educators include all of the following:

Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;

Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;

Individuals whose contributions to education are largely unheralded yet worthy of the spotlight;

Early- to mid-career educators who offer strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and

Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

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Milken Family Foundation Goals

Outstanding educators who continue to learn are essential to the fostering of student growth, the improvement of schools and the enhancement of the education profession. Hence, the goals of the Milken Educator Awards are:

To honor and reward outstanding K-12 educators for the quality of their teaching, their professional leadership, their engagement with families and the community, and their potential for even greater contributions to the healthy development of children.

To focus public attention on the importance of excellent educators.

To encourage able, caring and creative people to choose the challenge, service and adventure of teaching as a career.

To create national and state networks of Milken Educators that:

foster the active professional development and career enhancement of Milken Educators and other professionals,

encourage Milken Educators to help shape the educational policies that influence their classrooms and schools,

connect Milken Educators with the educational improvement efforts of state and federal education agencies, universities, educators, corporate partners and others.

To engage corporate and foundation partners in assisting Milken Educators and in supporting policies that advance education.

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Milken Family Foundation Overview

The Milken Educator Awards are the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program, having honored more than 2,500 K-12 teachers, principals and specialists coast to coast with over $63 million in individual, unrestricted $25,000 awards. More than $135 million has been devoted to the overall program, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout the recipients’ careers in education. Awardees are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved… and for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.

Launched by education reform leader Lowell Milken to celebrate, elevate and activate exemplary K-12 educators, the Awards program showcases in a very public way that greatness in education must be recognized and rewarded. For a quarter-century, the Milken Educator Awards have been instrumental in communicating to parents and policymakers the proven fact that the quality of the teacher in the classroom is the most important school-based factor in determining student achievement.

Unlike most teacher awards, this program has no formal nomination or application process. Every participating state’s department of education appoints an independent blue ribbon committee to recommend candidates according to strict criteria, with final selections made by the Milken Family Foundation.

In the fall, when the notifications are made during all-school assemblies—filled with cheering students, proud colleagues, an entourage of distinguished officials and the media—each new Milken Educator is caught completely by surprise. In a moment’s time, they experience well-deserved acclaim and receive what Teacher Magazine hails as the “Oscars of Teaching.”

Recipients are also inducted into the national Milken Educator Network, dedicated to reforming and strengthening American K-12 education because, as the watchwords of the Milken Educator Awards program proclaims, The future belongs to the educated.

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Nebraska Educators

Nebraska Milken Educators

2017

2016 Nebraska Milken Educator

No recipient

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2015 Nebraska Milken Educator

Courtney Matulka

Courtney Matulka
Science Teacher (8th Grade)
Beadle Middle School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Beadle Middle School
18201 Jefferson Street
Omaha, NE 68135
(402) 715-6100
Email: cnmatulka@mpsomaha.org

Milken Educator Awards Article, Spotlight: Courtney Matulka
"connections" linking talented educators article

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2014 Nebraska Milken Educator

No recipient

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2013 Nebraska Milken Educator

Kevin Witte

Kevin Witte
Social Studies Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Kearney High School (Kearney)

Contact Information:
Kearney High School
3610 6th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68845
(308) 698-8060
Email: kevin.witte@kearneypublic.org

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2012 Nebraska Milken Educator

Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson
Fourth Grade Teacher
C. Ray Gates Elementary School (Grand Island)

Contact Information:
C. Ray Gates Elementary School, Fourth Grade Teacher
2700 W. Louise Street
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 385-5892
Email: srobinso@gips.org

Tammera_Mittelstet

Tammera Mittelstet (Oklahoma recipient, now located in Nebraska)
Fourth Grade Teacher
Highland Park Elementary (Stillwater, OK)

Contact Information:
Email: tmittelstet2@unl.edu

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2011 Nebraska Milken Educator

No recipient

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2010 Nebraska Milken Educator

Garret Higginbotham

Garret Higginbotham
Fifth Grade Teacher
Underwood Hills Focus School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Oakdale Elementary School, Fifth Grade Teacher
9801 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 408-8887

Email: higginbotham.garret@westside66.net

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2009 Nebraska Milken Educator

Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney
Social Studies Teacher
(Grades 9, 11-12)
Southwest High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
7835 Tropp Ridge Drive
Lincoln, NE 68512

(402) 560-7295
Email:mahoney@hastings.edu

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2008 Nebraska Milken Educator

Crystal Simpson

Crystal L. Simpson (Deceased)
Instructional Facilitator (Grades K-5)
Fontenelle Elementary School (Omaha)

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2007 Nebraska Milken Educator

Emily Olesen

Emily Hughes (formerly known as Emily Olesen)
Science Teacher
(Grades 6-8)
R.M. Marrs Magnet Center (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Gomez Heritage Elementary School, Assistant Principal

2612 South 16th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
51501-7568
(402) 210-8977
Email:emily.hughes@ops.org

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2006 Nebraska Milken Educator

Angela Deck

Angela L. Wright (formerly known as Angela L. Deck)
Fourth Grade Teacher
Spring Ridge Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Elkhorn Public Schools, Curriculum Coordinator of Data and Assessment
20650 Glenn Street
Omaha, NE 68022
(402) 289-2579
Email:awright@epsne.org

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2005 Nebraska Milken Educator

Jon Heithold

Jon Heithold
Computer Aided Design, Furniture Design and Construction Teacher
(Grades 9-12)
East High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
6101 W. Yankee Lake Road
Denton, NE 68339
(402) 525-8953
Email:jheitho@lps.org

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2004 Nebraska Milken Educators

Mark Johnson

Mark A. Johnson
Fifth Grade Teacher
Windy Hills Elementary School (Kearney)

Contact Information:
Bryant Elementary School, Principal
1611 Avenue C
Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 698-8190
Email:mark.johnson@kearneypublic.org

Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent
Technology Teacher/Facilitator (Grades K-5)
Willowdale Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Tony Vincent, Inc., Learning and Technology Consultant

11003 W. Pierson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85037
(623) 565-8585

Email:tony@tonyvincent.net

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2003 Nebraska Milken Educators

Teresa Fischer

Teresa Fischer
English/Language, Drama/Theater Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Westside High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Avenue Scholars, Career Advisor
7101 Mercy Road, #240
Omaha, NE 68106

(402) 916-9777
Email:dramafish@live.com

Jami Jo Thompson

Jami Jo Thompson
Resource Teacher/Special Education Coordinator (Grade 8)
Beatrice Middle School (Beatrice)

Contact Information:
Beatrice Public Schools, Director of Student Programs
320 North 5th Street
Beatrice, NE 68310
(402) 223-1512
Email:jamijothompson@npsne.org

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2002 Nebraska Milken Educators

Mary Reding

Mary M. Reding
Sixth Grade Teacher
Central Elementary School (Bellevue)

Contact Information:
Central Elementary School, Sixth Grade Teacher
510 W. 22nd Avenue
Bellevue, NE 68005

(402) 293-4685
Email:maryreding@yahoo.com

Kael Sagheer

Kael Sagheer
Fifth Grade Teacher
Willa Cather Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
20829 U Circle
Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 884-0487
Email:sagheerkael@gmail.com

Jon Frey

Jon Frey (South Dakota recipient, now located in Nebraska)
Debate and Social Studies Teacher (Grades 9-12)
Aberdeen Central High School (Aberdeen, SD)

Contact Information:
Columbus High School, Assistant Principal
2200 26th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 563-7050
Email:freyj@discoverers.org

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2001 Nebraska Milken Educators

Heather Harbison

Heather Harbison
Mathematics Teacher/Coordinator (Grades 7-8)
Western Hills Magnet Center (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Western Hills Magnet Center, Principal
6523 Western Avenue
Omaha, NE 68132
(402) 554-1510
Email:heather.harbison@ops.org

Janelle Stansberry

Janelle E. Stansberry
Business/Office, Computer Science Teacher
(Grades 7-12)
Cedar Bluffs High School (Cedar Bluffs)

Contact Information:
1028 Dakota Street
Fremont, NE 68024

(402) 727-4300
Email: jstansbe@esu2.org

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2000 Nebraska Milken Educators

Ann Catania

Ann T. Catania
Second Grade Teacher
Prairie Wind Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
6612 South 72nd Avenue
Omaha, NE 68127
(402) 593-9924
Email:ann.catania@ops.org

Laura Croom

Laura L. Croom
First Grade Teacher
Carl A Swanson Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:

5529 North 151st Street

Omaha, NE 68116
(402) 740-4074
Email:lcroom@westside66.org

Carolyn Escamilla

Carolyn Escamilla
Fourth Grade Teacher
Roosevelt Elementary School (Scottsbluff)

Contact Information:
Bluffs Middle School, Seventh Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher
23rd and Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

(308) 635-6270
Email:cescamilla@sbps.net

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1999 Nebraska Milken Educators

Kris Burling

Kris Burling
Biology/Life Science Teacher
(Grade 7)
Horizon Middle School (Kearney)

Contact Information:
Grand Island Public Schools, Director, English Language Acquisition and Migrant Programs
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803
(308) 385-5900
Email:mschneider@gips.org

Ted Larson

Dr. Ted Larson
Social Studies Teacher
(Grades 11-12)
Southeast High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
Nebraska Department of Education, NAEP State Coordinator
(402) 617-1064

Email: tedlarson@windstream.net

Beverly McKillip

Beverly McKillip (Retired)
Biology/Life Science Teacher
(Grades 10-12)
Pender High School (Pender)

Contact Information:
1702 Homewood Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 379-8454

Email: bmckillip@telebeep.com

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1998 Nebraska Milken Educators

Jean LaGrone

Jean LaGrone (Retired)
Second Grade Teacher
Westgate Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email:jlagrone@cox.net

Julie Martin

Julie Martin
Principal
Seedling Mile Elementary School (Grand Island)

Contact Information:
C. Ray Gates Elementary School, Principal
2700 W. Louise Street
Grand Island, NE 68803

(308) 385-5892
Email:jmartin@gips.org

Audrey Samuelson

Audrey Samuelson
Kindergarten Teacher
York Elementary School (York)

Contact Information:
York Elementary School, Kindergarten Teacher
1501 Washington Avenue
York, NE 68467

(402) 362-1414, Ext. 153
Email:audrey.samuelson@yorkdukes.org

Robert Ziegler

Dr. Robert Ziegler (Deceased)
Principal
Roosevelt Elementary School (Scottsbluff)

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1997 Nebraska Milken Educators

Jane Edwards

Jane Edwards
Industrial Arts, Computer Science Teacher
(Grades 10-12)
Southeast High School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
Email:jedwards@lps.org

Roger Groth

Roger Groth (Retired)
Music, Band Teacher
(Grades 9-12)
Westside High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email:rlgroth@cox.net

Roger Kassebaum

Roger Kassebaum
Physics Teacher
(Grades 11-12)
Millard North High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Milken Community High School, Director of Mitchell Academy of Science and Technology, Science Research Teacher, FRC Robotics Coach
15800 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

(31) 440-3500, Ext. 3316
Email:rkassebaum@milkenschool.org

Robert Whitehouse

Robert Whitehouse (Retired)
Principal
William Jennings Bryan High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email: bob.whitehouse@cox.net

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1996 Nebraska Milken Educators

Gloria Best

Gloria Best
Social Studies Teacher
(Grades 8-9)
Dawes Middle School (Lincoln)

Contact Information:
7921 Forbes Court
Lincoln, NE 68516
(402) 770-3338
Email:gbest@lps.org

Iday Lynn Cowart

Ida Lynn Cowart (formerly known as Lynn Kaufman) (Retired)
Second Grade Teacher
Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
Email:idacowart@comcast.net

James Findley

Dr. James Findley (Retired)
Principal
Westside High School (Omaha)

Contact Information:
3110 South 104th Street
Omaha, NE 68124
(402) 397-6990

Email:jfindley@cox.net

Denise Golden

Denise Golden
Fifth Grade Teacher
Seward Elementary School (Seward)

Contact Information:
Lakeview Elementary, Fifth Grade Teacher
3360 Woodshire Parkway

Lincoln, NE
68502
(402) 309-6172
Email:dgolden@lps.org

James Kubik

James Kubik (Retired)
Social Studies Teacher
(Grade 12)
Norfolk Senior High School (Norfolk)

Contact Information:
421 Ridgeway Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 750-7669
Email: jkkubik73@yahoo.com

Kenton Mann

Dr. Kenton Mann
Principal
Grand Island Senior High School (Grand Island)

Contact Information:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Associate Professor of Practice
126 Teachers College Hall
P.O. Box 880360
Lincoln, NE 68588-0360

(402) 472-3459
Email:kmann2@unl.edu

Susan McNeil

Susan McNeil (Retired)
Social Studies Teacher
(Grades 7-12)
Loup County High School (Taylor)

Contact Information:
44933 Long Valley Road
Taylor, NE 68879
(308) 942-6285
Email:smcneil53@gmail.com

Woody Ziegler

Dr. Woody Ziegler
Principal
York Elementary School (York)

Contact Information:
Learning For The Future, Director
2206 Road 20
Waco, NE 68460
(402) 362-8663
Email:Woody@L4TF.com

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