W.Va. Educator Honored by Milken Family Foundation

March 12, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A Kanawha County principal was honored Tuesday for his excellence in education at an awards banquet in Charleston. Stonewall Jackson Middle School Principal George Aulenbacher is the recipient of the prestigious 2007 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, a national award created to retain and attract the highest caliber professionals to our nation’s schools.     


Aulenbacher 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, he 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.


“George has made significant contributions to quality education in West Virginia and continues to contribute to the lives of his students, teachers and staff each and every day,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said. “He represents the type of leader 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 Award 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 educator 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 and notified in a surprise school-wide assembly. Recipients of the Milken National 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; and            

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


Aulenbacher has been in the education field for nearly a decade. Colleagues at Stonewall Jackson Middle School describe Aulenbacher as a natural born leader with enhanced communication and people skills. During his short time at Stonewall Jackson, individual student achievement levels have risen and a sense of school pride has developed.   


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