Back to issue main page

Arlington and Slaton educators receive prestigious Milken award

Two Texas teachers are 2017–18 Milken Educator Award recipients for Texas. In October, the Milken Award was presented to Jennifer Fuller, an English language arts teacher at Arlington Collegiate High School in Arlington ISD, and to Katie Negen, a TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement master teacher at Slaton Junior High School in Slaton ISD.

Often referred to as the "Oscars of Teaching," the Milken Award recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. The honor comes with a $25,000 cash prize.

Along with the fanfare and recognition, Fuller and Negen now belong to the Milken Educator Network of more than 2,700 K–12 teachers, principals, and specialists from around the country. The 2017–18 honorees also will attend the Milken Educator Forum in Washington, DC, March 20–23, 2018, where they will network with their new colleagues and exchange ideas with state and federal officials on the future of education.

The Milken Family Foundation first presented the Milken Educator Awards in 1987. Since that time, it has become the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program. In Texas, 50 recipients have been presented with the Milken Educator Award since the program began here in 2000.