Thornville Math Teacher Receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Thornville Elementary School teacher Krista Trent this week was named Ohio's only 2018-19 Milken Educator. The award comes with a $25,000 individual cash prize that the fourth-grade teacher can use however she wishes.
Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley -- introduced by State Superintendent of Education Paolo DeMaria at a schoolwide assembly of faculty, students and others -- made the surprise announcement. Foley is herself a Milken awardee, hailing from Indiana's 1994 class.
"Humor and hard work are paying dividends in Krista Trent's classroom," said Foley. "Krista's unwavering commitment to nurturing the love of learning in every student, all the while achieving top marks, is inspiring. We welcome her to the National Milken Educator Network of excellence and look forward to the richness her expertise will bring."
Trent is among up to 40 honorees nationwide to receive the recognition for the 2018-19 season.
"I am thrilled to honor Krista," said DeMaria. "She exemplifies what it means to be an amazing teacher -- she inspires hope, ignites imagination and instills in her students a love of learning that will last forever."
"Research shows teacher quality is the number one in-school factor determining how well a student performs. The Milken Educator Awards, named by Teacher magazine as the 'Oscars of Teaching,' not only aims to reward great teachers, but also to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding America's next generation of leaders. Milken Educators believe, 'The future belongs to the educated,' the group noted.
Trent teaches fourth-grade math at Thornville Elementary in the Northern Local School District in Thornville, OH where she also serves on the school's Positivity Project Leadership Team.
She earned her bachelor's degree of science in middle childhood education with concentrations in language arts and math from Ohio University in 2007 and a master's in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Dominican University in 2010.
Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Along with the $25,000 prize and public recognition, Trent's honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.
In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2018-19 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in New Orleans next March. There, the educators will have the opportunity to network with their new colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about maximizing their leadership roles to advance educator effectiveness.
More than $138 million in funding, including $68 million in individual $25,000 awards, has been devoted to the overall awards initiative, which includes professional learning opportunities throughout recipients' careers.
The awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators. Unlike most teacher recognition programs, the Milken Educator Award is completely unique: Educators cannot apply for this recognition and do not even know they are under consideration. Candidates are identified through a confidential selection process, reviewed by panels appointed by the state departments of education which then forward their recommendations to the Milken Family Foundation for final selection.
Past recipients have used their awards to fund their children's education or their own continuing education. Others have financed dream field trips, established scholarships and even funded the adoption of children.
More information about the Milken Educator Awards can be found online at www.MilkenEducatorAwards.org or by calling MFF at 310-570-4772.