Two West Virginia Educators Honored by Milken Family Foundation

January 08, 2002

Two West Virginia educators will be honored this week for their excellence in education at an awards banquet in Charleston. Kenna Barger and Sam Moore were the recipients of the prestigious 2001 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, a national award created to retain and attract the highest caliber professionals to our nation’s schools.  

Both Barger and Moore will be awarded $25,000 each, which may used any way they choose, and will attend an all-expense paid professional development conference held annually in Los Angeles. Additionally, they also will join the Milken Educator Network, which will provide them access to a variety of expert resources to help cultivate and expand programs in their classrooms, schools and communities.  

“These educators have made significant contributions to quality education in West Virginia,” State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart said. “Like all educators in this state, Kenna and Sam contribute to the lives of their students each and every day.”  

The Milken National Educator Awards were created in 1985 by education pioneer and reformer Lowell Milken to recognize the efforts of some of our nation’s most outstanding teachers, principals and specialists in public education. Milken, who is one of its co-founders and serves as the Foundation’s current chair, has led the foundation to become the largest teacher recognition programs in the country. By the end of October, the Foundation presented nearly $45 million to more than 1,750 outstanding educators from 44 states.  

Educators are recommended for this prestigious honor without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon 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.  

“This marks the 12th year of our involvement with the Milken Foundation and we are honored to salute these teachers for their vision and dedication to the teaching profession,” Stewart said.  

The banquet concluded a half-day conference sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation at the Charleston Marriott. Education leaders from across the state participated in the program.  

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