First-grade teacher wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award
Rogelio Garcia, a first-grade teacher at James B. Bonham Elementary School, was awarded $25,000 by the Milken Family Foundation during a morning assembly at the school. He was chosen for the award based on his dedication to students, commitment to involving parents and his school leadership abilities.
Garcia is described as a model educator who is an active leader on campus and a key player in ensuring the success of the schools dual-language program. Bonham principal Sandra Fernandez says parents love him and his teaching style and often request him to be their childs teacher. Garcia now will be part of the Milken Educator Network, a group of distinguished educators whose expertise serves as a valuable resource to fellow educators, legislators, school boards, and others shaping the future of education.
The Milken Educator Awards, conceived by Milken Family Foundation chairman and co-founder Lowell Milken to attract, retain, and motivate outstanding talent to the teaching profession, has grown to become the nations pre-eminent teacher recognition program. Since 1987, more than $62 million has been awarded to about 2,500 educators. Only 55 teachers nationwide will receive the award this year.