For Release: October 10, 2002
Spring Lake Educator Receives $25,000 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Excellence in the Classroom; Honored by Governor James E. McGreevey, Commissioner of Education William L. Librera and the Foundation at Surprise Assembly
SPRING LAKE Governor James E. McGreevey and the Department of Education, in a partnership with the nationally lauded Milken Family Foundation, are pleased to honor John Bormann with a 2002 National Educator Award.
Bormann is a six-year teacher at H.W. Mountz School who specializes as an upper school science teacher for sixth- through eighth-grades. He holds a bachelors degree in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University-Cook College.
The state of New Jersey and the Milken Family Foundation are in the first-year of a partnership. The state is now one of 46 nationwide to recognize outstanding teachers in the classroom. Founder Lowell Milken, the foundations chairman, created the award program in 1985.
"Today, the state joins in honoring John Bormann with a 2002 National Educator Award," Governor McGreevey said. "His abilities in the classroom have not gone unnoticed. In fact, my administration will take each and every opportunity we can to honor such strong abilities in our classrooms. A teachers success is our childrens success."
Since 1985, the Milken National Awards Program, which honors teachers, principals and specialists in public education from Kindergarten through 12th grade, has become the largest teacher recognition program in the United States. By the end of October, the Foundation will have presented nearly $45 million to more than 1,750 educators nationwide.
At H.W. Mountz School, Bormann has prepared his students for, among other things, the high schools biology honors program One hundred percent of his students passed the Manasquan Biology Honors placement test. In addition, Bormann is a student council advisor who also coaches softball despite never coaching before.
Bormann is precisely the type of teacher the McGreevey administration is proud to honor as part of the Milken Foundation national recognition awards. His excellence in the classroom befits the Governors 20-point plan for education reform plan. Lauding teachers who continue to provide quality education for students statewide is paramount.
Bormann received the award during a surprise assembly Thursday morning at his school. In addition to Governor McGreevey, Commissioner of Education William L. Librera attended as well.
"Many of our teachers are unsung heroes in the classroom," Commissioner Librera said. "Our mission is to bring some much-needed recognition to them."
Teachers are recommended for the prestigious award without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by a states Department of Education. Recipients of the Milken Awards are selected based on the following criteria:
Recipients like Bormann are presented with their $25,000 award checks at the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference, an all-expense paid professional development conference held in Los Angeles. They also join the Milken Educator Network, a coalition of more than 1,700 top educators who have access to a variety of expert resources to help cultivate and expand innovative programs in their classrooms, schools and districts.
For more information about the $25,000 Milken National Educator Awards, please contact Jon Zlock, a Department of Education spokesman, at (609) 633-9594 or the Milken Family Foundation at (310) 998-3009. Additional information can be found on the Foundations website, www.mff.org.