Four WV Educators Receive $25,000 Milken National Educator Award

October 06, 1999

Four West Virginia secondary educators, along with 168 other outstanding educators across the country, have been named the latest recipients of a $25,000 unrestricted financial award-the 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award-during surprise notification events in classrooms and schools in 41 states nationwide.  

It is a delight to honor these exceptional educators who are making a real difference in the lives of children, said State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie. This is the 10th year of recognizing excellence in education in the Mountain State through this prestigious award.  

The 1999 West Virginia recipients are: Larry Fernandez, principal at Weir Middle School, Hancock County; Darlene Martin, mathematics teacher at Grafton High School, Taylor County; Nancy Moore, science teacher at Walton Elementary/Middle School, Roane County; and Wayne Yonkelowitz, science teacher at Fayetteville Middle School, Fayette County.  

The recipients were notified in their home schools today by Superintendent Marockie, Milken Family Foundation Vice President Dr. Jane Foley and State Board members.  

In addition to the financial award, the recipients of the Milken Educator Award will also be presented with an opportunity to participate in an ongoing network of over 1,300 of the nation's most outstanding educators, providing them with a variety of professional resources to help them cultivate and expand innovative programs in their classrooms, schools and districts.  

They will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles in June 2000 for the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference.  

Recipients of the award are selected by an independent blue ribbon committee appointed by each state's department of education. Predetermined criteria for the award include expert pedagogy, distinguished achievement in developing innovative curricula, outstanding ability to instill students with sound values, and commitment to professional development.  

Conceived in 1985, the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards were first presented in 1987. The Awards program, which by the end of National Notification Week will have honored 1,502 educators in the past 12 years, is one of several programs sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation in the areas of education and medical research.  

For more information on the National Educator Awards, the National Education Conference or other Foundation programs, call 310/998-2800 or visit the Milken Family Foundation web site at

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