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Milken Educator Awards

August "Gus" Carlson, a music teacher at Adeline C. Marston School in Hampton, receives a $25,000 Milken Educator Award (October 9, 2012)

Jillian Brickley, a fifth grade teacher, at Charlotte Avenue School in Nashua, receives a 25,000 Milken National Educator Award (October 28, 2010)

New Hampshire is fortunate to be participating in the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards Program. This program acknowledges educators who are models in their classrooms and in their communities, and provides positive examples for pupils and peers alike. The awardees serve as representatives of the many other excellent educators we have in this state.

The criteria for the selection of outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and other education professionals as Milken Educators include all of the following:

  • Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;
  • Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;
  • Strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and
  • Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

One of the most common inquiries received is how to nominate a teacher for a Milken Educator Award, the answer is you can’t; Milken Educators are chosen by special committees. The award, with its $25,000 prize, is given out as a gift—there is no obligation or commitment required of the recipients. They may do with it as they please and, indeed, they do. The variety of things Milken Educators have done with their cash prize—from expanding their families by adopting a child to creating scholarships to continuing their own education—is innumerable.

Another criteria for selection is that the educator be in the early-to-mid stages of their career. That’s not to say, however, that this award isn’t earned—it just isn’t earned in the traditional work-then-pay sense. It is earned by everything that the recipient can and does do throughout the course of their careers before and after they receive the prize. Milken Educators go on to be leaders and take on new responsibilities at school, district, state, national and even international levels. Call it “paying it forward” or call it an investment in the nation’s future, based on the results it yields, we call it a prize well earned.

More information about the Milken National Educator Awards can be found on the NH DOE Web site at or the Foundation's Web site at

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