The Milken Award and the Presidential Award in Science & Mathematics

These prestigious national award programs recognize and celebrate education professionals who are furthering excellence in education.


Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

Marielle Emet, 2014 Milken Award Winner2013 Milken Educator Award Winner - Marielle Emet

In a surprise ceremony at the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy Middle School on November 8, 2013, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced that Marielle Emet, a mathematics teacher at the school, was the Rhode Island winner of a 2013 Milken Educator Award.

Ms. Emet, who also serves the school as an academic dean, has taught at Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School since its inception four years ago. As a Milken Educator Award winner, Ms. Emet receives an unrestricted $25,000 grant from the Milken Family Foundation.

Currently a Warwick resident, Ms. Emet was a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, where she taught history and worked as a curriculum specialist. She holds a degree in history from Towson University and a master’s degree in teaching from the Johns Hopkins University.


Read the press release on Marielle winning the award.

News Announcements and Articles

 

2012 Milken Educator Award Winner – Yanaiza Gallant

Yanaiza Gallant In a surprise ceremony this morning (October 10, 2012) at the Lillian Feinstein @ Sackett Elementary School, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Acting Education Commissioner David V. Abbott presented a Milken Family Foundation 2012 Milken Educator Award to Yanaiza Gallant, a Reading Intervention Specialist at the school.

Mrs. Gallant has taught in the Providence Public Schools for nine years, including stints as a bilingual teacher in grades 4 and 5 at the Alfred A. Lima Elementary School and as a Reading Coach at the Edmund Flynn Elementary School. She has worked at Lillian Feinstein @ Sackett Elementary for the past year. A Cranston resident, Mrs. Gallant is a graduate of Rhode Island College with degrees in social work, elementary education, and reading.

Read the Press Release on Yanaiza winning the award [PDF, 11KB]. 

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Past Recipients of the Milken Educator Award

YEAR NAME DISTRICT*

2011

Michael J. Lobdell

Warwick

2010

Dale Blaess

Newport

2009

Jaime Crowley

Bristol-Warren

2008

Jennifer Theroux

Barrington

2007

Janine Napolitano

North Providence

2006

Amy Dufault Thompson

Pawtucket

 

Kathleen Moffit

Chariho

2005

Diana Petrosinelli

Cranston

 

Andrew Wallace

Exeter-West Greenwich

2004

Susan Toohey Kaye

Coventry

 

Katherine Sharkey

Warwick

2003

Charles Myers, Jr.

Woonsocket

 

Mary Ann Guerin

Cumberland

2002

Stephanie Blackburn

Westerly

 

Susan L. Caputo

Smithfield

2001

Peter J. McLaren

East Greenwich

 

Ulysses S. Gallman, III

Narragansett

2000

Barbara Ashby

Providence

 

Judyith Rowe

Bristol Warren

 

Mariann Hayward

South Kingstown

1999

Crandall Dimock

South Kingstown

 

Denise Frederick

North Kingstown

 

Richard Gannon

Warwick

 

Geri McCarthy

Barrington

1998

Linda Bello

Cranston

 

Mary Lou Harrison

Scituate

 

Kathleen Ward Brown

Narragansett

 

Barry Ricci

Coventry

1997

Michael Barnes

Foster-Glocester

 

Mary Canole

Newport

 

Robert Miller

Scituate

 

MaryKay Schnare

Providence

1996

Carol Glanville

Bristol Warren

 

Ginny Kircanski

Pawtucket

 

Ralph Perry

Middletown

1995

Donna Della Porta

Coventry

 

Ted Hersey

Scituate

 

Edward Lemoi

Cranston

 

Joseph Militello

East Greenwich

 

Ann OGrady

East Greenwich

1994

Henry DeVona

Johnston

 

Linda Filomeno

Providence

 

Rosemarie Kraeger

Middletown

 

Joseph Pasonelli

Cranston

 

Margaret Swann

West Warwick

1993

Howard Boyaz

 

 

Leland Brown

Newport

 

Carole Harmon

Providence

 

Ann Kachanis

Davies Career and Technical High School

 

Frederick Pasquariello

 

 

Kris Whitford-Bell

South Kingstown

1992

David Capaldi

 

 

Patricia Jarvis

Woonsocket

 

Sandra Lamb

 

 

Joyce Stevos

Providence

 

Eric Wertheimer

 

 

Judith Sweeney

 

1991

Jorge Alverez

Providence

 

Leslie Bettencourt

Lincoln

 

Judith Leonard

 

 

David Neves

Scituate

 

Robert Wallace

North Smithfield

 

Darlene Walsh

Cranston

1990

Alan Belasco

 

 

Jeanne Dawson

Warwick

 

Cheryl Fisher-Allen

Providence

 

Norma Garnett

 

 

Paul Mello

Middletown

 

Robert Smith

 

*When Available

Milken Educators of Rhode Island
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program provides public recognition and financial rewards to teachers, principals, and other education professionals who are furthering excellence in education.

The goals of the program are:

  • to celebrate and reward educators making a sustained, creative and substantive contribution to the education of elementary and secondary school children
  • to foster the active professional development and career enhancement of Milken Educators and other professionals
  • to encourage Milken Educators to help shape educational policies that influence their classrooms and schools
  • to elevate the teaching profession by increasing public recognition of and support for outstanding educators and successful school programs
  • to encourage talented men and women to enter the field of education

Awards are presented to elementary (grades K-6) educators and secondary (grades 7-12) educators in alternate years.

Each Milken Educator Award carries with it an unrestricted award of $25,000.

Milken Educator Awards are announced in the fall and celebrated at banquets hosted by the foundation in each state. These celebrations are attended by the honorees' families, local school administrators, community leaders, the state's chief of education and frequently its governor. These events are an important part of the program since a major goal is to honor educators publicly.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science & Mathematics Teaching (PAESMT)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (PAESMT) for the White House, which began the program in 1983 to improve teaching in mathematics and the sciences. This prestigious national awards program is intended to increase status and rewards for demonstrated professionalism, including leadership, in the areas of mathematics and science teaching so that individuals of high quality will be encouraged to enter and remain in the field of teaching. Elementary-level teachers have been included in the program since 1990. Each year, the program honors outstanding mathematics and science teachers throughout the United States and its territories in recognition of:

  • high-quality classroom performance;
  • the effects teachers have on students; and
  • the teacher's personal and professional goals.

During its first decade, the PAESMT program has received significant favorable national attention and recognition while expanding its scope to embrace elementary-school teachers as well as middle/secondary-school teachers of mathematics and science.

After a rigorous state-level screening and selection process, the state finalists are again screened at the national level before 216 Presidential Awardees are Named to represent the states, territories, and jurisdictions covered by the PAESMT program.

2012 State Finalists – Presidential Award Recipients

Area Name School District
Elementary Mathematics Nicolle Greene E.G. Robertson Elementary School Warwick
  Regina Kilday Metcalf Elementary School Exeter-West Greenwich
  Joy Souza Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary Cumberland
Secondary Mathematics Clare Ornburn Ashaway Elementary School Chariho Regional School District
  Susan Moore William Underwood Elementary School Newport

2011 State Finalists – Presidential Award Recipients

Area Name School District
Secondary Mathematics Maureen Kennedy Scituate Middle School Scituate
  Brian Nelson* Broad Rock Middle School South Kingstown
Secondary Science Carolyn Higgins Winman Jr. High School Warwick
  David Mather** Warwick Veterans High School Warwick
  Barbara Walton-Faria Thompson Middle School Newport

*Presidential Awardee – Excellence in the area of Science
**Rhode Island Awardee – Excellence in the area of Mathematics

1999 State Finalists – Presidential Award Recipients

Area Name School District
Elementary Mathematics Mariann C. Hayward Peace Dale Elementary School South Kingstown
Secondary Mathematics Catherine M. Boutin John F. Deering Middle School West Warwick
  Lynn Rakatansky Riverside Junior High School East Providence
  Eric V. Simonian Toll Gate High School Warwick
Elementary Science Elizabeth D. Angelotti Clayville Elementary School Scituate
  Brenda M. Engstrom Robertson Elementary School Warwick
  Marilyn I. Rernick Norwood Avenue School Cranston
Secondary Science Tracy Bailey-Gates East Greenwich High School East Greenwich
  Christine C. Johnson Cumberland High School Cumberland
  Anna M. Saccoccio Nathaniel Greene Middle School Providence