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Rock Branch Teacher Welcomed to Los Angeles

Janna Hamrick was greeted by public fanfare as she touched down in Southern California as she joined the 2023 class of Milken Educator Award recipients for a national forum at UCLA on June 5-7. Janna walked the red-carpet and participated in empowering professional development opportunities to “Celebrate, Elevate and Activate” the American K-12 teaching profession.

Hamrick was given surprise notification on November 1, 2023, that she would receive an unrestricted $25,000 cash prizes from Milken Educator Awards Founder Lowell Milken and Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder and President Mike Milken. Ashley Wilkins of Petersburg High School in Grant County was also honored as a $25,000 recipient. Nationally, there were 68 Milken Educator Award winners.

Lowell Milken said, “We are gathered to celebrate the achievements of 2023’s Milken Educators – those who have harnessed the potential to effect significant change and inspire their students to positively impact the course of our nation and the world. Through the Milken Educator Award, we celebrate their achievements, elevate their practice with powerful professional development opportunities, and activate their capacity to make an indelible mark on the profession at large. We hope they will inspire many other talented young people to follow their lead and become teachers, administrators and specialists committed to blazing a path for future generations.”

This year’s Forum theme, “Unleashing Educator Leadership,” sparked a networking opportunity unlike any other: The 2023 recipients met with veteran Milken Educators and education leaders from across the country to begin their lifetime membership to the national Milken Educator network. Recipients learned about powerful mentoring opportunities through the Milken Family Foundation to expand their leadership and impact and to strengthen the Milken Educator Network within their home states.

All Milken Educators were surprised with their respective Awards at all-school assemblies as part of the Milken Family Foundation’s Journey to the 3,000th Milken Educator. 2024 will reach $75 million in individual financial prizes spanning the length of the initiative and more than $144 million invested in the Milken Educator Award national network overall.

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