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Dr. Veronica C. García
Secretary of Education
Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2005
Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García and Richard Sandler, executive vice president for the Milken Family Foundation, presented the awards.
Secretary Dr. García said, “I am delighted to join the Milken Family Foundation in recognizing these exceptional educators. They are making schools work and providing opportunities for every student to develop their capabilities for success.”
Ortega and Young are graduates of the
addition to the $25,000 financial awards, they will receive an
all-expenses-paid trip to
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 innovative instructional practices and results in the classroom, school and profession, outstanding accomplishments beyond the classroom and potential for professional and policy leadership in the years to come and an engaging and inspiring presence and ability to motivate and impact 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.