These prestigious national award programs recognize and celebrate education professionals who are furthering excellence in education.
2014 Milken Educator Award Winner - Erin Quinlan
At a surprise ceremony this morning (October 9, 2014) at the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School, in Foster, Erin F. Quinlan, a reading specialist and instructional coach, was named the Rhode Island winner of a 2014 Milken Educator Award.
The award, from the Milken Family Foundation, carries an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000.
“There are exciting things taking place in schools all across Rhode Island, and part of the reason is the hard work, skill, and enthusiasm of educators like Erin Quinlan,” said Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts. “Her dedication to her students and her commitment to her school represents the best of Rhode Island educators, and I am pleased that the Milken Family Foundation has granted Erin this important award.”
Read the press release on Erin winning the award.
News announcements and articles:
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.
Read the press release on Marielle winning the award.
News Announcements and Articles
2012 Milken Educator Award Winner – 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].
Past Recipients of the Milken Educator Award
Michael J. Lobdell
Amy Dufault Thompson
Susan Toohey Kaye
Charles Myers, Jr.
Mary Ann Guerin
Susan L. Caputo
Peter J. McLaren
Ulysses S. Gallman, III
Mary Lou Harrison
Kathleen Ward Brown
Donna Della Porta
Davies Career and Technical High School
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:
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.
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:
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
2011 State Finalists – Presidential Award Recipients
*Presidential Awardee – Excellence in the area of Science
**Rhode Island Awardee – Excellence in the area of Mathematics
1999 State Finalists – Presidential Award Recipients
Office of Educator Quality and Certification (EQAC)
Documents on this site require the use of the following programs:
DOC - Microsoft Word
PDF - Acrobat Reader
PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint
XLS - Microsoft Excel
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Map & Directions | Staff Directory
Need assistance? We can help.