October 6, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Jennifer Chavez
Public Information Officer
(505) 476-0393 or 988-0582 pager

Deming Principal Javier Milo of Martin Elementary
Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

(Deming, NM)--Javier Milo, principal of Martin Elementary in Deming, received a prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award today at a surprise notification ceremony at the school. He will receive a $25,000 unrestricted financial award for his recognition to use in any way he chooses. Presenting the Milken Educator Award was Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garcia. A second award will be presented to another New Mexico educator this month.

Deming schools superintendent, Harvielee Moore, calls Mr. Milo “a magnet of hope” who has created at Martin Elementary a “showcase for excellence.” “He is determined that each child will succeed and each teacher will work for and with all students,” she said.

Secretary Dr. García said, “Mr. Milo’s dual language program is clearly impacting student performance. His students have continually met standards, despite a number of challenges. It is truly an honor to join the Milken Family Foundation in recognizing such a highly accomplished young educator. You can count on it – we’ll be watching his school and sharing his secrets for success.”

Mr. Milo returned to Deming in 1998, from Western New Mexico University, with an elementary teaching degree. He joined the staff of Martin Elementary, his alma mater, in 1998, becoming principal in 2000. He launched a dual language program that includes a comprehensive reading component.

In addition to the $25,000 financial award, Milo will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in 2005 to participate in the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference. He will become part of the Milken Educator Network, including nearly 2,100 top educators who have access to a variety of professional resources.

Awards recipients are recommended to the Milken Family Foundation by an independent blue ribbon panel appointed by each state’s department of education. Predetermined criteria for the award include exceptional educational talent as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession, outstanding accomplishment, strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

The Santa Monica, California-based Foundation was established in 1982 to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. It advances this mission through its work in medical research and education.