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For Release: October 11, 2002
Ewing 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
EWING Governor James E. McGreevey and the Department of Education, in a partnership with the nationally lauded Milken Family Foundation, are pleased to honor April Lowe with a 2002 National Educator Award.
Lowe is a first-grade teacher at Parkway Elementary School who holds a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Delaware State University. She is a five-year educator who is currently working on her masters degree in Educational Leadership at the College of New Jersey.
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 April Lowe with a 2002 National Educator Award," Governor McGreevey said. "Her 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 Parkway Elementary School, Lowe was recently chosen to be coordinator of Ewing Townships Summer School Program. She has also developed a resource manual for Black History Month. She has additionally implemented a writing program for young children.
Lowe is precisely the type of teacher the McGreevey administration is proud to honor as part of the Milken Foundation national recognition awards. Her 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.
Lowe received the award during a surprise assembly attended by Commissioner of Education William L. Librera at her school.
"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:
- Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by outstanding instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession;
- Outstanding accomplishment and strong, long-range leadership potential for professional and policy leadership; and
- Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community at-large.
Recipients like Lowe 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.