October 14, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Legislative Liaison/PIO
(505) 827-7803 or 988-0582 pager
rwilliams@ped.state.nm.us

Los Alamos Teacher Sheri Davis of Aspen Elementary
Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

(Los Alamos, NM)--Sheri Davis, a first-grade teacher at Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos, received a prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award today at a surprise notification ceremony at the school. She will receive a $25,000 unrestricted financial award for her recognition to use in any way she chooses. Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garcia and Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president for the Milken Educator Awards, presented the award.

Los Alamos schools Superintendent James Anderson said, “Ms. Davis is cheerful, positive force who is a leader for other first-grade teachers. She embodies all that is best in the teaching profession: compassion, good humor, flexibility, structure and striving for excellence, caring and a thorough knowledge of the persons with whom and for whom she works.”

Secretary Dr. García said, “Ms. Davis provides a wonderful start for first-grade students. She knows the importance of parents to learning and involves them at every turn. I am extremely pleased to join the Milken Family Foundation in honoring such a masterful teacher. It’s people like her that make me so proud to be part of the lifelong learning community.”

Davis holds a BA in psychology from the University of New Mexico and K-8 elementary education certification in reading from Northern Montana College. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

In addition to the $25,000 financial award, Davis will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in 2005 to participate in the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference. She will become part of the Milken Educator Network, including nearly 2,100 top educators who have access to a variety of professional resources to help cultivate and expand innovative programs in their classrooms, schools and districts.

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.