Traci Druschke, third grade teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School, was surprised this morning with the renowned Milken Educator Award. Traci is among up to only 35 Milken Educator Award honorees nationwide and the first recipient in the EVSC since 1998. (Cathy Gray, current associate superintendent, received the award while at Cedar Hall.) As a recipient, Traci will receive $25,000 and will attend the Milken Educator Forum in March in New Orleans.
Milken educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Winners are not nominated, they are selected my the Milken Family Foundation, located in Santa Monica, California. According to the Foundation, candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. The most exceptional are recommended for the award, with final approval by the Milken Family Foundation.
"Traci Druschke creates clear goals, analyzes data, assesses progress and reflects on her teaching. These practices propel her students to reach high and provide fellow teachers with a model to follow," said Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards and a 1994 recipient from Indiana. "I look forward to Traci's contributions to our Milken Educator Network and to the profession as a whole."
More information about Traci, plus links to photos and a video from the assembly can be found on the Milken Educator Awards website at http://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/educators/view/traci-druschke.