W.Va. Educator Honored by Milken Family Foundation

March 15, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A reading specialist from Mercer County was honored Wednesday for her excellence in education at an awards banquet in Charleston.  

West Virginia Milken

Kelli Stanley, who teaches at Oakvale School, is the recipient of the prestigious 2006 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, a national award created to retain and attract the highest caliber professionals to our nation’s schools.  

Stanley will be awarded $25,000 and will attend an all-expense paid professional development conference held annually in Los Angeles. Winners can spend the money any way they choose. Additionally, she will join the Milken Educator Network, which provides access to a variety of expert resources to help cultivate and expand programs in the classroom, school and community.  

“Kelli has made significant contributions to quality education in West Virginia and continues to contribute to the lives of her students each and every day,” State Superintendent Steve Paine said. “She represents the quality teaching we need in our schools if our students are to succeed in the digital world of the 21st century.”  

Dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken recognition was created by brothers Lowell and Michael Milken to recognize the efforts of some of our nation’s most outstanding teachers, principals and specialists in public education. The Milken Educator Award, first awarded in 1987, has become the largest teacher-recognition program in the country. Since its inception, the foundation has presented more than $56 million to educators nationwide.  

Educators are recommended for this prestigious honor without their knowledge by a panel appointed by each state’s department of education. Recipients of the Milken Educator Awards are selected on the basis of numerous criteria including:  

• Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession; • Outstanding accomplishment and strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; • Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.  

"Good teachers are the linchpin in our education system playing a critical role in propelling student learning," Lowell Milken said. "Every child deserves to be in a classroom with a teacher who inspires, illustrates and advances excellence. It's imperative that as a nation we recognize the importance of outstanding teachers and encourage young, talented people to choose teaching as a career."  

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