Nov 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two Louisiana educators on Wednesday were surprised with a 2019-2020 Milken Educator Award, a prestigious national recognition that comes with an unrestricted check for $25,000. Steven Gamache, who teaches eighth-grade English language arts at Paul Habans Charter School in Orleans Parish, and Jennifer Williams, who teaches sixth-grade English language arts at John Q. Adams Middle School in Jefferson Parish, are among 40 educators nationwide to receive this year's award.

Learn more about recipient Steven Gamache.
Learn more about recipient Jennifer Williams.

Gamache and Williams each thought they were attending assemblies to celebrate their schools' impressive academic gains but were quickly surprised when Milken Educator Awards Founder Lowell Milken announced the real reason for the gathering. 

Watch Steven Gamache receive the surprise of a lifetime.
Watch Jennifer Williams receive the surprise of a lifetime.

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, the honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,800 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education.

In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2019-2020 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in Indianapolis March 26-28, 2020, where they will network with their new colleagues and exchange ideas with state and federal leaders on the future of education. In addition, the Milken Educator Awards'  "Why Not Us" program will pair each 2019 recipient with a veteran Milken Educator mentor to explore and prepare for expanded leadership roles that strengthen education practice and policy.

Learn more about the Milken Educator Awards.

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